The event has been going on since 1967. Interestingly enough for repeat visitors, each year the event moves across the beautiful state of Colorado. Locations include places like Gunnison, Leadville, Silverton, Salida, and other great cities.
A history of all the locations of All-4-Fun can be viewed in the history section of their web site at (http://www.mhjc.org/all4fun.htm).This was our first trip to Colorado and the passes and mountain scenery left us wanting more!
Registration fees are very reasonable, with plenty of sponsored food, drinks and fun every year. According to Cory Moul, event organizer, “There's always plenty of entertainment and fun to keep you busy, not to mention some of the best mountains in the world!”
Jeff Fish, Logistics Chair, said that he starts making arrangements for this event eight (8) months in advance. “The trick is to reach out to local businesses and stay in touch with them throughout the entire planning period,” Jeff added.
Stac and I set up the BlueRibbon booth (our Jeep with a Dave’s Rack from Olympic4x4 Products covered in camo) on Wednesday to participate in the annual vendor show under the big top tent. There were games for the kids and even some fun games for the more mature kids (adults).
Jeff Miller, Vendor Coordinator, said that, “We have over 45 vendors sponsoring various aspects of the entire All-4-Fun, with the whole week being a family-oriented adventure.” With right at 999 attendees this year, there was no shortage of activities any time of day. Jeff also told us that the vendors (listed on their web site) were some of the best supporters in the country, every year, helping to make the event a success, as well as helping to keep the trails open.
There were also some strange (and very entertaining) antics by some groups called Sheites, Pirates and Hoobs. Want to learn more about them? You’ll have to head to All-4-Fun next year to find out what they're all about. I can tell you it will bring a smile to your face.
Friday night the week ended with a live band, dinner and dancing. We highly recommend a visit to Colorado for the All4-Fun event. You will not be disappointed. To find out more about next year's event, visit the web site of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club (http://www.mhjc.org)
Great reference and trail guides for Colorado can be found at Adler Publishing with their awesome trails collection as well as the Adventures Collection. Click here to get your copy.
The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,100 organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. Call 1-800-258-3742 and visit BRC online at www.sharetrails.org. Article copyrighted ©2007 by Del Albright, www.delalbright.com, available for use by permission.