Yes, its that time of year. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 8-10, 2010
DOTFMW is now celebrating their 73rd year and McLeod County MUni Weekly is offering a special commemorative button for anybody that arrives at the big event while driving a tractor (unicycles in tow). Can’t decide on the best tractor to announce your arrival? How about a Allis-Chalmers "G"? Or maybe this, this, this, or even this? Avoid this.
What it isn't
A tractor pull (although, if enough tractors show up, we could slip that event into the schedule at 4 AM)
What if I don't like competitions?
While some people prepare for many years to attend DOTFMW, there are others that just do it for fun. It is a good way to try new obstacles and see the improvement. It is up to you to decide how serious to make the competition.
Friday, October 8
3 PM DOTFMW gates are open
3 PM Setting up the course. Will work until it gets dark.
6 PM Beau Hoover arrives
8 PM Workshop: “Flat Skills” for both Beginners and Advanced
9 PM Workshop: “Ask Beau”. Think of questions to ask Beau
Saturday, October 9
10 AM Workshop: MUni for Beginners
11 AM Workshop: MUni for Advanced
12 AM Trials/MUni Competition starts (don’t be late)
4 PM Trials/MUni Competition ends (help clean up the obstacles)
5 PM Street/Flat Competition (Battle style)
6 PM Award Ceremonies
6:30 PM Depending on weather, going swimming
8 PM Bonfire
Sunday, October 10
10 AM Workshop: “Disc Golf” by Beau
One last competition
Help clean up
Early afternoon – time to head home so we have time to hose down the course
Rain or Shine?
DOTFMW will go on whether it is sunny, rainy, snowy, sleety . . . you get the picture. As we did get some rain at the spring DOTFMW, we have put our resident meteorologist on notice and if she doesn’t shape up and make sure we have a nice weekend we are going to send her back to tractor maintenance school.
Sleeping in the barn, tent, house, or even under a tractor
As DOTFMW is a weekend event there are several options for accommodations on Friday and Saturday night. Some options are the barn (roof over your head), tenting (bring a tent), house (limited space available), home stays (we can set you up), or finding a local bridge. We have heard there are local hotels that have special tractor parking (ask us for details). While there are limited showering facilities, the local pond works great for cleaning up after a hard day’s riding.
By popular demand, it is potluck once again for Saturday. Bring food to share. Staying overnight? Bring extra food for breakfast.
What to bring
Unicycle. Tractor. Protective gear (make sure you include a helmet). Change of clothes. Food. If you are planning on staying overnight make sure you bring a warm sleeping bag (it will be cold at night), pad (ground can be hard), pillow, tent (if you are going to sleep outdoors), warm clothes, and a camera for a photo with our giant rooster.
The unicycle life of Beau Hoover (DOTFMW Special Guest)
* Received on his 6th birthday, learned to ride day before 7th birthday
* Unicycle was destroyed by friend’s minivan!
* Rode to elementary school (1.2 miles) in 2nd grade
* First MUni, as he went on 10 mile rides with his dad and other guys
20” United MUni
* Received on his 9th birthday, 2.5” Monty tire allowed for better off road riding.
* In November 2004 he got his first long distance unicycle when he could finally reach the pedals.
* The unicycle (and Beau) rode in 12 countries which included the Alps and Laos Uni Tours and competed at Ride the Lobster in Nova Scotia, Canada
24” Yuni MUni
* Received on Christmas of 2004 - Replacement for outgrown 20” muni
* Eventually started bending cranks on every ride and had to switch to splined cranks
24” Kris Holm MUni
* Received November 2006 and replaced the Yuni
* Competed in races at California, South Dakota, Sweden and New Zealand
36” Kris Holm Geared
* In July 2008 during Unicon in Denmark he received the uber fast unicycle and took 2nd place in Expert for the 10km
20” Kris Holm
* Received Christmas 2008
* In Japan for the summer of 2009 and performed solo in front of 1,300 people
* First place in advanced flatland at Nationals in Berkeley
* Stolen at the end of that Nationals :(
20” Kris Holm Flatland
* Received August, 2010: Absolutely beautiful
* Dominates at amazing flat combos
* Taking it to DOTFMW
McLeod County MUni Weekly [MCMW] chats with Beau Hoover
[MCMW sat down with Beau and talked about the 18 countries where he has unicycled. Several of the highlights from the interview are listed below. To hear the full interview, go to MCMW website and download the full seven hour podcast.]
* Competed at Unicon X in 2000
* Rode and unintentionally coasted on the Great Wall
* Almost started a riot while riding his unicycle at Tienanmen Square
* Attended Unicon XII in 2004, 1st place in age group for Muni cross country
* Spent summer of 2009 training with Team Toyoda, performed solo in front of 1,300 people
* Stormed the border on Alps Uni Tour
* Played at the national mini golf course
* Discovered this wonderful country on the Mediterranean Uni Tour
* Struggled through pronouncing cities (like Ljubljana)
* Helli-MUnied down a vertical mile
* Unicon XV, 2nd place in Basketball (with Berkeley Revolution) and 2nd place in Expert MUni Cross Country
* Unicycled through the Mongolian Steppes
* Did trials on Genghis Kahn’s house
* Attended DOTFMW and the wedding in 2008
* Practiced in the barn in 2009
* Special Guest for DOTFMW in 2010!
Back by popular demand, the custom made DOTFMW t-shirts will be available. We will have the stencils and the spray paint. You need to bring a t-shirt, sweat shirt, suit coat, prom dress, etc.
Directions from the big city
View a map. I494 to Hwy 7 West. Go West on Hwy 7 for 50 miles. Just before Hutchinson (8 miles after the town of Silver Lake) there will be a left turn for Hwy 22 (just after a big curve in the road). Go South on Hwy 22 for about 3 miles and take a right on Country Road 8 (Airport Road). Stay on Airport Road for 3 miles (past Menards and the airport). After the road switches to concrete, go 1.2 miles. We are on the left and the lake is on the right (just before Underwood Ave).
Address: 21161 York Road, Hutchinson, MN 55350
Mobile: 612.968.3565 (Andy), 612.968.6498 (Irene)
New this year: Live Skunk toss
Survey after survey has indicated that what DOTFMW really needs is a unicycle Skunk toss. Other top survey items: angry Badger toss and Grizzly Bear chase (hungry bear chases unicyclist through MUni course).
Spread the word
Our dogs took our email list and buried it somewhere in the yard. So just to be sure no one is missed, feel free to send the invite to anybody who might even be vaguely interested in unicycling, tractors, or watching a crazy unicyclist swim outside in 50 degree weather.
-DOTFMW Caretakers: Andy “Tractor Fetish” Cotter and Irene “Organic Gardner” Genelin
-DOTFMW Board of Directors: Bob “Long Distance” Clark, Connie “Unicycle Collector” Cotter, Max “Trials Rider” Dingemans, Kirsten “Dancing/Unicyclist” Goldstein, Julie “Monociclo Espanol” Kovacic, Kathleen “North Dakota” Cotter Lawler, Tim “Where’s the Food?” Lee, Joe “Compulsion Cycles” Lind, Roger “Making Cabinets” Magnuson, Karla “Almost Level 2” Trettin, Scott “Go Fast” Wilton