GILBERT — Registration has begun in Gilbert as locals and visitors prepare for a weekend of ATV’s, dirtbikes, muddin’ and fun during the Trailfest weekend.
Trailfest 2015 is officially underway as hundreds of visitors poured into the small town of Gilbert on Thursday and locals made their way to the Larry Joe Harless Community Center (LJHCC) and Trailfest event area.
Over forty vendors have set up in the lower parking lot area of the LJHCC and local craftsman have set up inside the center to showcase and sell their works. The event has registered over 700 trail riders for Trailfest 2015 and people are setting up food stands all throughout town. Whether it is something sweet like peanut butter fudge, a pulled pork sandwich or hot dogs, you can find anything you are looking for in town this weekend.
Local churches are also setting up food stands and T-shirts are on sale in front of Gilbert Town Hall to help support Gilbert’s little hero Braxton who is undergoing treatment for his diagnosis with cancer.
Gilbert’s mayor Vivian Livingood says that what started out as a hectic event that left the town a little uneasy and unsure, has turned into a great success.
“We have had such a smooth operation. We were one day ahead of our schedule for getting set up and that helped tremendously,” said Livingood. “We have received so much help from volunteers and even people from out of state who have offered to help hang signs and put up fencing.
Mike Pinkerton, the Marketing Director for the Hatfield and McCoy Trail System says that the town has handled the hand off of the event seamlessly.
“We knew that taking an event that had been sponsored by Hatfield and McCoy for thirteen years and then giving it to the town would be a challenging goal but the town has embraced it and the event is going as smooth as it ever has,” said Pinkerton. “Vivian and her team have really done a great job here.”
When you make the trip to Gilbert this weekend, your advised to park wherever you can find a place in town due to limited parking but if you come early enough then you may be able to snag a spot in the LJHCC parking lot. If not, enjoy the walk as you pass by the vendors on the streets.
You can purchase and event pass in the LJHCC for $45 which allows you into any and all events for the duration of the weekend which include poker runs, casino nights, the mud pit, the drag strip, drawings for prizes and more.
Vivian Carter, who has been working alongside Livingood says that although they have stayed busy, she believes this year will be a huge hit.
“People are just so nice when they come here for Trailfest. Everyone has been patient but very excited,” said Carter. “I have seen all ages, men, women and children. This isn’t an event for just a few select people, this is something the entire family can enjoy.”
(Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Gilbert Times. Madalin can be reached at [email protected].)