Southern Illinois Fat Tire Festival (FTF) happening again for the 19th year in a row, one of the best MTB events in the entire MidWest! This year’s event goes down October 20-22, 2023, at Camp Ondessonk located in Ozark, Illinois right in the middle of the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. We will have miles and miles of great riding for all levels of riders from mellow flow to rugged all mountain boulder strewn rowdiness. Tons of fun riding all weekend with both professionally guided and self-led adventures rolling out both Friday and Saturday.
FTF has something for everyone, from those wanting to ride every minute of the day to those tagging along to enjoy some time in the great outdoors. The list of fun evolves each year and is part of what makes Fat Tire Fest such a fun event for EVERYONE. The year the list includes a 30+ miles of onsite trails to explore at any time. This includes the 10+ miles of fun and flowy trails handcrafted specifically for MTB riding that weave thru the 800+ acres of CampO property. We will also have offsite riding options Saturday at the new Touch of Nature Trail network in Makanda and the Glendale MTB Trails, the original home of FTF. Continuing on with the MTB fun, Saturday late afternoon we will once again host the Off-Road Crit race on a super fun one mile course, 30 minutes of racing for bragging rights all weekend long.
Now for this years “other fun” list: the Fat Tire Challenge will be back on Friday night with huffy tosses, “big kids on little bikes” races, the CampO tug of war and other FTF Challenge tomfoolery. Of course there will be great food, cold drinks, treehouse accommodations, the new QuatrO-Face Race on Sunday, chill live music Saturday night, vendor expo, the Quest scavenger hunt, a Tunnel Hill Rail Trail ride, family MTB rides, on-site bike demo’s all day Friday and Saturday and all other kinds of fun.
Do Fat Tire Fest 2023, have more fun and more adventure. Embrace the outdoors while enjoying your best weekend of the year. For more in-depth event information click here.