Pittsburg’s Little Balkans Days celebration is September 1st-3rd, 2017.
Activities begin Saturday, while you're riding, and go well into the evening when you can join the action for the downtown street dances & carnival.Friends and family can enjoy the live music, train rides, carnival rides, arts & crafts vendors, and a car show which are just a few of the Saturday activities with lots more Sunday.
Every year someone asks if we're raising money for a cause. We pay local civic and local youth groups to run our SAG's.
Organizations like 4H, Boy Scouts, school groups and others earn over $2500 for their programs.
Expenses are huge for an event this size. Here are just a few examples.
SAG tents-$1200, Toilets-$1000, Food-$3000, Water & Ice-$500, Volunteers-$2500+
Whether it's the North Pole Saloon with root beer floats, baked potatoes at the Boy Scout Last Stop SAG or one of our six other SAG's we have great helpers and an incredible selection of tasty treats. Pickles, popsicles, peanut butter and lots of other quick energy foods keep you riding strong.
Roving SAG's are driven by mechanics with tools and flat gear. In 2014 we fixed over a dozen flats and shuttled over 30 riders who left it all on the road.
During the ride our roadside assistance dispatch fielded over 212 calls and text messages asking for everything from tubes to ice to Gatorade.
Every SAG is equipped with comfort items like Ibuprofen, eye drops, sun screen, first aid supplies and even feminine hygiene supplies for emergencies.
After the ride enjoy a refreshing shower at Pittsburg High School.
The Gorilla Century Bicycle Fun Ride has become a Pittsburg tradition. Held every year as part of the Little Balkans Festival events over Labor Day weekend. This event started as part of the Pittsburg State University Centennial Events on September 7, 2003. Originally starting at the Gorilla Village on the PSU campus the event has grown and eventually moved to Pittsburg High School. The course has always had at least three distances to choose from ranging in the 30s, 60s (trying to keep around the metric century) and 100 mile (actual century) range.
This course features mostly flat, fast roads rolling through Cherokee and Crawford Counties past local sights like the awe inspiring Big Brutus Coal Shovel (world's 3rd largest).