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Bikes, brew and the great outdoors

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By Gabriel Vasquez

Los Alamos, it’s about that time.

Whether you’re a hiker, biker, beer and wine enthusiast, or just a person who wants to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors, Summerfest ’08 has a little something for everybody.

The annual event, held at Pajarito Ski Mountain, will feature newly expanded biking trails, a live musical performance, lifts to hiking trails, and a beer wine garden sponsored by area brewers.

“As always, Summerfest ushers in the summer mountain biking season with live music, lift service and a great beer and wine fest,” event spokesman Thad Hahn said.

Atomic City Transit will be offering a free shuttle service from Los Alamos to the Pajarito Ski Area to ensure that festival-goers enjoy themselves responsibly. The shuttle will depart from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Sullivan Field on the hour, and leave the ski area at every 30 minutes past the hour.

“We really encourage folks to use the service as a safe and convenient way to enjoy the fest,” Hahn said.

This year’s beer garden will feature the addition of two new area brewers, Turtle Mountain Brewing of Rio Rancho, and Marble Brewery of Albuquerque. Ten dollars will get you started with sample mug and taster tickets.

For those interested in a fun summer project, the Atom Homebrew club will be offering a free brewing demo to the public.

Lift services will be available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – $20 for bikers, and $10 for hikers. Biking trails have been expanded this year with features such as the teeter-totter.

The Nomads, a ’50s and ’60s classic rock and rockabilly band, will play from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Hahn said the disc golf tournament has been cancelled due to scheduling problems, but will be rescheduled for a later date this summer.

For more information, check out Pajarito Ski Mountain’s website at www.skipajarito.com.

For more information regarding shuttle services, contact Atomic City Transit at 505-661-7433.