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Whiskey Off-Road: Riders, revelers ‘storm’ Whiskey races
Rain doesn’t deter expo, entertainment

Residents and visitors check out the many vendors on Whiskey Row during the Whiskey Off-Road Gear and Bike Expo Saturday afternoon, April 30, in downtown Prescott.
Photo by Matt Hinshaw.

Residents and visitors check out the many vendors on Whiskey Row during the Whiskey Off-Road Gear and Bike Expo Saturday afternoon, April 30, in downtown Prescott.

PRESCOTT - Saturday was the second of three days for the weekend long Whiskey Off-Road and though it was cold and rainy, that didn’t deter any of vendors at the Bike & Gear Expo nor the crowds who came out for some entertainment and music.

Among the musicians playing at the Whiskey Off-Road were The CheekTones, performing early in the afternoon. It was their first time performing at the event and people were dancing to the music, including Candace McNulty.

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The Bo Wilson Incident band performs at the Holiday Courtyard stage Saturday, during the 13th annual Whiskey Off-Road in downtown Prescott.

“I’m a longtime fan of The CheekTones,” McNulty said, noting that she was music deprived in her earlier adulthood and there was so much live music downtown that she just had to come out. “I’m having a great time with all the music out here.”

Also dancing to the music was Chuck Dorsey, a fan of The CheekTones and student of band member Drew Hall. With Hall playing the guitar, there was just no way to stand still, Dorsey said.

Don Cheek of The CheekTones was so surprised that so many people came out even with the bad weather and called it a good a crowd as can be expected on a day like Saturday.

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Entertainment at the 2016 Whiskey Off-Road

Along with watching mountain bike racing, visitors to the 13th annual Whiskey Off-Road in downtown Prescott had entertainment to keep them busy Saturday, April 30.

Along with watching mountain bike racing, visitors to the 13th annual Whiskey Off-Road in downtown Prescott had entertainment to keep them busy Saturday, April 30.

“It’s always a blast to play out here on the square. We’d love to do it again,” he said. “It would be really cool to get to come back and play later in the day when the crowds are bigger.”

It wasn’t just the music and entertainment that had people interested as there were plenty of people at the Bike & Gear Expo, the biggest one yet at the Whiskey Off-Road. There were even some vendors who didn’t have anything to do with biking sports, like Prescott Pete’s Highfalutin Shooting Gallery.

The shooting gallery was getting a lot of kids when usually there’s a mix of people, said Prescott Pete Fowler. However, even though the day saw a lot of kids, having a presence at the Whiskey Off-Road was quite fun.

Also present was Kicking Horse Coffee, the No. 1 producer of organic coffee in Canada. Kicking Horse targets all outdoor events and for the last couple of years, the company has decided to branch out into the United States, said Chris Ullman, adding that it was also a good alternative to the beer.

Huppybar, a whole food energy bar, was at the Bike & Gear Expo as well. Based in Flagstaff, it was the company’s first time being at the Whiskey Off-Road. They were at the event because of a desire to expand and grow, creator Lyndsay Hupp said.

“I’ve known about the event for a while because it’s on people’s radar as one of the biggest events in the region,” she said. “It’s a rad event that fits right in with our product.”

The Whiskey Off-Road continues Sunday, May 1, with music in the morning, performed by Bo Wilson at 10 a.m. on the Gurley Stage, along with the Bike & Gear Expo, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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