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The True/False Film Fest may happen only in late winter, but there’s a midsummer event that promises the same excited and vibrant energy. The fourth annual Boone Dawdle takes place on Saturday, Aug. 17. More than 400 people will come together for a day of biking on the MKT and Katy trails, listening to live music and watching the documentary “Lunarcy!” on the bluffs at Rocheport.

The Boone Dawdle journey begins between 3 and 4 p.m. from the parking lot of Shiloh Bar & Grill in downtown Columbia. Volunteers from Walt’s Bike Shop will be on hand to help make sure bikes are prepped for the trail ride ahead. A shuttle will depart from Shiloh’s at 5:30 p.m. — for those who do not wish to make the journey on two wheels — and head to the Blufftop Bistro at Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport.

The word “dawdle” means to move slowly or unhurriedly. The Boone Dawdle from downtown to Les Bourgeois is meant to be a leisurely ride along the trails, with stops to listen buskers playing music and other pleasant surprises to tie into the evening’s film. Walt’s Bike Shop will also have a team of riders along the trail to help if with any flat tires along the journey.

“At first I thought it would be difficult to bike all the way there,” says Aimee Cunningham, who attended Boone Dawdle in 2011. “But there were enjoyable stopping points along the way, and I met a lot of interesting people.”

The final one-third mile stretch to Les Bourgeois features a steep hill. For $20, a volunteer will walk cyclists’ bikes up the hill; takers will receive five raffle tickets in return.

Upon arrival at LBV’s Blufftop Bistro, dawdlers can enjoy food, drinks and live music. The energetic busker-band Yes Ma’am, who played at True/False this year, will perform during dinner.

After sunset, the comedic documentary “Lunarcy!” will be projected on an outdoor screen on the bluff overlooking the Missouri River. “Lunarcy!” is about a group of fanatics obsessed with the moon, and one film subject who has his heart set on moving there. The director, Simon Ennis, will attend a question-and-answer session after the showing.
“We wanted to create a taste of True/False, since it’s a long time to wait for the festival,” says Jeremy Brown, managing director of True/False Film Fest. “We wanted to do something to embrace mid-Missouri in the summertime.”

After the day’s festivities end, shuttles will transport everyone and their bikes back to Columbia. Bikes are assigned a specific number and valeted for pickup at Shiloh.
“The event is in the same spirit of True/False,” says 2012 Boone Dawdle volunteer Brock Williams. “It’s a community event, and the whole vibe is people having fun and being goofy.”

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