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MEEKER I Meeker will be buzzing with off highway vehicle activity this week as Meeker hosts the 2015 Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition Workshop and the 2015 Wagon Wheel OHV Rendezvous, sponsored by the Meeker Chamber of Commerce and Rio Blanco County.
Events will take place at the Freeman E. Fairfield Center and the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds.
“We are excited to host the upcoming OHV events, and hope our businesses feel a positive economic impact, said Katelin Cook, Rio Blanco County’s economic development coordinator. “This is the first time Rio Blanco County has hosted the COHVCO Workshop, and we are honored the organizing board selected Meeker.
”The theme of this year’s workshop is ‘Partnering with Local Communities to Connect Trails and Towns,’ and Rio Blanco County is seen as a great case study demonstrating this collaboration,” she said.
The Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO), in conjunction with National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), Colorado State Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, the the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Rio Blanco County, the Meeker Chamber of Commerce, and Great Outdoors Consultants (GOC) will be holding an Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Management Workshop.
The workshop kicked off Wednesday with registration and a welcome reception. Today features a multitude of OHV-related workshops, including “How and Why to Make Your Community More OHV Friendly,” “Current Laws Associated with OHV Use on Public Roads,” “How to Covey the Positive Economic Impact of Motorized Recreation” and more.
On Friday, there will be additional workshops and mobile field workshops at the LO7 BLM area and in the White River National Forest. Approximately 75 participants are anticipated to attend.
For additional information, visit www.nohvcc.org.
Riders attending the Fourth Annual Wagon Wheel OHV Rendezvous will be visiting Meeker from today through Sunday with base camp being the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds.
Riders from many different states will attend, with an anticipated 150 participants. The White River National Forest features the Wagon Wheel OHV Trails with all levels of difficulty. Registered riders have the opportunity to ride with a local expert to become familiar with the trail system.
The Rendezvous schedule is packed full of fun, with guided rides on Friday and Saturday. There will be a downtown concert put on by the ERBM Recreation and Park District and a barbecue by the United Methodist Church on Friday evening.
There will be an OHV Rodeo and Meeker Lions Club barbecue at the Fairgrounds on Saturday evening with prize drawings, an OHV expo to check out the latest ATVs and OHVs on the market, and more.
Registration for the OHV Rodeo is $5 per event. Events include drag racing, barrel racing, donut dash and flag race. The complete schedule of events and additional details can be found online at www.wagonwheeltrails.org or by contacting the Meeker Chamber of Commerce at 970-878-5510.
Meeker Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Kobald said, “With a growing number of registered participants each year, we have geared up this year’s Rendezvous to include more events and hopefully draw local riders into the fold.”