Flowers are starting to peek above the ground. The robins have returned to the area. Spring is in the air! And what better way to celebrate the season than at Meltfest this weekend! (March 26)

Meltfest is always held the first Saturday of spring at Prairie Street Brewhouse (and Riverview Ice House if you want to go ice skating!). I've gone to the event every year, and each year it gets bigger and better. Even if there's a slight nip in the air, everyone is still having a great time and has a spring in their step (pun intended).

One of my favorite features of the event is the group bike ride put on by Team Fur Bandit. There's nothing like grabbing your bike and cruising through downtown with a fleet of other bikers! Andrea and I wanted to prepare for the ride last year, so check out our video of a shortened version of the ride!

I know what you might be thinking. "I'm no professional cyclist!" Don't worry, neither am I. The ride is easy and the group travels at a pace where everyone can keep up. Last year, there was even a young four(ish)-year-old that biked the whole 7 miles on her own!

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Dust off your bicycle (or running shoes...Meltfest holds a 5K too!) and celebrate the melting of winter at Meltfest this weekend! Don't forget to check out the live music, food and local vendors while you're there. Happy spring!!

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