Well, we did it. The 3rd Annual A-Town Classic took place on June 29th, 2024, and it almost puts us at a loss for words. There are so many things about this event and our tiny little foothill town that put an irreversible smile on our faces; the participants, the vendors, the patrons, the atmosphere, to name a few. This year felt bigger in both preparation and execution than years past. With the help of Lady of the Canyon VintageJumpRamp Media, and the A-Town Alliance, we were able to gather prizes and goodies from friends far and wide. The A-Town is an event that truly could not happen without our community coming together as a whole and we got to experience that first hand this year. Everything from gathering vendors to getting people set-up in the streets seemed to go off without a hitch, and for that we could not be more grateful. 

The evening began with skateboarders and roller skaters twisting and turning their way down the slalom course in hopes to post the quickest times. This may be the third year of the event, but that doesn't mean that the ability of the participants is any less admirable. The combination of high speeds, tight cones, and a rough street make it a true test of everyone's abilities. After two heats, we took the top eight skateboarders and top four roller skaters and pit them against one another in a high speed, high stakes head-to-head showdown. As the pavement cooled and the wheels stopped spinning, it was time to crown the winners of the annual race and bestow upon them their handmade trophies. Congratulations are in order for the winners, one of which defended her title from last year!

As the sun set on old town Auburn, the fun was just beginning with the start of the costume contest, the dancing, and the echoing laughter of friends new and old. This year brought out a very diverse group of vendors who were eager to share their passions with the rest of the community. Everyone from thrifty enthusiasts and creators to chopper builders and music makers lined the streets. One of the highlights of the evening for many people was the live painting of a locals' transit van. It transformed from a boring ol' white van into a machine laden with bright green monsters and starch white eyeballs. 

It's tough to express the gratitude one feels after a night like the one our town gets to share once a year without sounding like a broken record. However, I think that just means that the feelings come from the right places. It is truly special to see faces light up when sparks come flying off the tail end of a skateboard, or even the simple act of handing someone a sticker. Speaking of gratitude, our town sure doesn't lack any. The number of people that still feel the high of the A-Town Classic even after it's been completed is all part of the reason why we want to continue this event for many years to come. There truly is nothing like it. 

It is with a very full heart that we extend the biggest thank you to all those involved in making this event happen. There's too many people to name, but you know who you are. If you missed us this year, then be sure to make it out next year. I know that things are going to be even bigger and better. To our race winners, congratulations! To our vendors, you rule! And to the town of Auburn, never change. 


All Photos courtesy of Matt Eversole and JumpRamp Media. 

Jason Watson