Bikes, food, music, plenty to drink and plenty of smiling faces filled the Tempe Beach Park for Tour de Fat 2011.

Every direction I looked, one-of-a-kind bikes rolled in one direction or another. Along with fully-themed costumes and plenty of live entertainment, it was easy to enjoy myself.

A band poured up beat music out of the speakers at the main Tour de Fat stage, entertaining plenty of energized dancers, while at the second stage, comedy acts kept the crowd laughing.

Here are some photos from my first Tour de Fat (click on the photo to expand):

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A swarm of bodies and bikes could be seen in every direction. Booths with food, and others with plenty to drink were dotted through Tempe Town Lake, all full of smiling faces. A large section of Tempe Town Lake was formed into a giant, dedicated bike rack; however, many people chose to bring their bikes with them and show off their style. Here we can see a wristband booth where IDs were checked for age.
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A group of Hula Hoopers swaying to the music in front of the stage at Tour de Fat. Some struggle to keep their plastic circle in motion, and others confidently keep multiple hoops up at once. Tons of costumes could be seen at Tour de Fat. Anything from a group of people that appeared to be straight out of the movie Mad Max, to a flurry of ballerina tutus.
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An interesting bike, with tires that resembled inner tubes that would normally be found in a swimming pool, cruises around one of the beer lines soaking in the sun rays. All sorts of decorated bikes could be found cruising through Tempe Town Lake. This tricycle turned pirate ship was one of my favorites.
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Ready to rock at Tour de Fat at Tempe Town Lake! With live music, plenty of willing and rowdy dancers, it was easy to have a great time! Live music at Tour de Fat. This particular band had a particular sound that resembled folk mixed with gypsy rock. Tons of fun!
 Tour De Fat 2011, Tempe Beach Park
After a healthy serving of live music, contestants were called to the stage to compete for a free bicycle! In a mock dating show, contestants had to woo the slender piece of metal with clever words and agile performances.