Jun 28, 2014 12:26 AM by Maddie Garrett

Fan Fest Floods Streets of Downtown Springs

It's one of Colorado Springs' biggest events, bringing people in from around the world. It's the 92nd annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and Friday night fans and racers got revved up for the event at Fan Fest that took over downtown.

"THe motorcycle jumping, that was fun to watch," said race fan James Cooley.

Once a year the main drag is the main attraction, where thousands of people fill downtown ahead of the Hill Climb.

"To see all the cars that are going to go up the hill this weekend," Cooley said was the reason he went.

The race cars, motorcycles, other vehicles, and the racers themselves are up close and personal for fans.

"Coolest car I'd have to say is the Mustang, I couldn't tell you which mustang because there's so many, but I'd have to say the type is Mustang," said 11-year-old fan Xavier Jensen.

Fan Fest is just a taste of what's to come on Sunday at Pike's Peak. But if you can't make it to the race, then Fan Fest is the place to be on Friday night.

"So I love the competition of racing, because it's always fun to see everyone racing and trying to pass each other," said Jensen.

Racers aren't the only ones raking in the attention, as downtown's bars and restaurants are packed with patrons.

For Roger Burwell and his family, Fan Fest and the Hill Climb are a chance to share a passion.

"My whole family likes to ride," said Burwell as he watched the motorcycle jumps with his two-year-old son.

It's a passion and a family activity to carry on, year after year.

"It's just a great experience for the family and for the kids, just to show them it's not always that dangerous and it can be a lot of fun as long as it's a controlled environment," said Burwell.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb starts at 8:00am Sunday. News 5 will be there and have full coverage.



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