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- Posted:Friday, September 4, 2009
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Backpack to Lebowski Fest
Fans, also known as 'achievers', come from all over to knock back White Russians, go bowling and throw a few rocks. The first event took place in Louisville in 2002, which set the stage for the annual re-imagining of the movie - a two-day extravaganza, complete with live music, a viewing of the film on the first night and a wild bowling party on the second. It's actually been something of a global phenomenon and Lebowski Fests have been held in places as far afield as London and Edinburgh. Even more excitingly, the Dude himself - none other than the great Jeff Bridges - once went to one of the LA affairs and, apparently, hung around afterwards to sing a few songs to a delighted crowd.
Denver is the lucky city that gets to kick proceedings off, with - aside from the film and the bowling - live music by Black Diamond Heavies and special guests, the Pin Heads. On the second day, costumes and dressing-up are suggested as part of the bowling party, although it's not a pre-requisite for entry to the alley, which is good news for all you backpackers on cheap travel holidays, who may have forgotten to pack your spare Maude costume.