AGA Nation returns to the city for the sixth year in a row on Friday, bringing with it two distinctive mobile action sports parks. Locals will still be able to view and participate in skateboarding and BMX, but this year’s event will also have a second ramp for snowboarding and skiing.
Have no fear though; there will be no snow until October. The second ramp uses a powder-packed surface, similar to turf.
AGA Nation managing partner Kurt Luttermoser said that he was hoping to add 20-30 competitors from the typical 60 the city has seen with just the skateboarding and BMX ramp.
“It keeps getting bigger every year — hopefully we get even more eyeballs downtown,” Luttermoser said.
The event, which will take place on Washington Avenue between First and Second streets, starts with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday. There will be open riding in the four extreme sports until 7 p.m., when the Rise Above BMX team will perform.
Saturday is Go Skateboarding Day, and AGA will open the gates at 11 a.m. offering free clinics in the sport and BMX.
The rest of the day will be open ride, and the State Games of Michigan in skateboarding and BMX. Potential riders will need to pay a $10 entry fee and sign a waiver sheet. The advanced competition for skateboarders and BMX riders will take place at about 6 p.m.
There will be over $5,000 available in potential prizes for the day’s participants, and a guarantee of at least one thing.
“Anybody who walks through the barricaded area will get something,” Luttermoser said. “Some swag.”