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Downtown criterium and … beer!

WENATCHEE — The Tour de Bloom Criterium in downtown Wenatchee on May 3 will feature something new this year for spectators: Three outdoor beer gardens and live music along Orondo Avenue, the south end of the race course. AWCriteriumCone4

Those participating in the Apple Blossom Festival’s “Orondo Ave Experience” including Badger Mountain Brewery, 1 Orondo Ave.; McGlinn’s Public House, 111 Orondo Ave.; and Memorial Park at Orondo and Chelan avenues. The live music will be at Memorial Park.

If you are a rider and you have friends or family along, this is another nice attraction (along with other Apple Blossom Festival activities during the weekend). And if you are a spectator, what better way to enjoy the racing!

For more on the “Orondo Ave Experience,” read this AdventureWenatchee story.

— Steve Maher,

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