Town of Frisco's 2009 BeetleFest Provides Zany Entertainment and Educates Public About Mountain Pine Beetles

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Activities Include 4K Beetle Stomp Run, Lumberjack Show, VW Beetle Bash and Live Music

There's never a dull moment in the Town of Frisco and the second annual BeetleFest--a festival to ward off the evil pine beetle--on Sept. 12, 2009 is no exception. The fun-filled, educational event will shed light on mountain pine beetles' impact on the Rocky Mountain forest. All proceeds will go to the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District to support the nonprofit organization's forest fire mitigation and restoration efforts.

The family-friendly activities taking place at the 2009 BeetleFest include:

  • BeetleFest's 4K Beetle Stomp - Registration for this fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the race will kick off at 10:00 a.m. at the Historic Park Gazebo on Main Street. Runners are invited to wear their favorite beetle-themed attire on race day and compete for the "Best Individual Beetle Costume" and "Best Team Beetle Costume" awards. For more details and to register for the run, please visit
  • TimberWorks Lumberjack Show (presented by STIHL) - The eye-opening performance will mimic logging competitions from the early 1900s. Axe throwing, underhand chopping, log rolling and chainsaw carving are just a few of the Paul Bunyon-like activities that will be showcased. One lucky fan will take home a wooden chair carved and autographed by a lumberjack after the performance.
  • Volkswagen Bug Bash - Festival goers will have the opportunity to pick up a sledgehammer and take out their aggression on a vintage Volkswagen Beetle.
  • Bug Petting Zoo - Get a close up look of a mountain pine beetle among other creepy crawlers on Main Street.
  • Live Music

"Since the beetle epidemic continues to threaten Colorado forests, The Town of Frisco felt it important to continue our efforts towards educating the public about the beetle's destruction of lodgepole pines," said Tim Bock, Town of Frisco marketing and communication director. "Experts estimate the pine beetle infestation will claim nearly 90 percent of Colorado's pines, so we're committed to helping with reforestation efforts by hosting BeetleFest to benefit Friends of the Dillon Ranger District."

Just a friendly reminder, please refrain from bringing outside alcohol. For more information about the Town of Frisco or BeetleFest, visit For press inquires, contact Abby Lurie (303) 394-2366 or (303) 877-0738.

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