Speed, sky, sports and shrimp highlight this weekend’s activities

By on October 7, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Posted in: Marketing & Communications

Again, there is a lot going on this weekend and we don’t want to miss any of it. October is great for running! The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Phoenix begins today and we’ll be there, cheering the runners on! Also in Phoenix, we’ll be cheering the runners on at the 18th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday morning, and Sunday night we’ll settle in at the Jack Johnson concert.

I know plenty of you have that need for speed. If so, don’t miss GEICO’s Sprint Cup Series NASCAR driver, Casey Mears in Fontana, Calif., this weekend racing the No. 13 Camry in the Pepsi MAX 400. In Pennsylvania, make sure you cheer on Morgan Lucas and Karen Stoffer at the 26th Annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at the Maple Grove Raceway. And in Ohio, the GEICO Powersports Endurocross team featuring Jimmy Jarrett, Scott Watkins, and JT Bennett will race GNCC at the ITP Power Line Park in St. Clairsville.

GEICO has the air and sea covered this weekend. The GEICO Skytypers will be appearing at the Wings and Waves Air Show in Daytona Beach. Along with the squadron of six vintage WWII airplanes that make up the Skytypers, performances by the Snowbirds and other air performing specialists will fill the sky with fun and excitement throughout the weekend. Christiana Bradley, GEICO’s Pro Bass Angler, will be competing in the LAPR Rappahannock River Bass Series Tournament this Saturday in Virginia. Good luck, Christy!

Hockey fans might catch the Gecko at the Atlanta Thrashers game on Friday as they battle it out with the Washington Capitals. Can’t get enough of the Caps? They’re playing the New Jersey Devils on Saturday at the home opener in D.C. — the Gecko may just show up there, too.

We love football, so we’ll be heading to Florida to watch the Gators take on the LSU Tigers in Gainesville. You can also find us in the Lone Star State at Texas A&M for Aggie Football against the Arkansas Razorbacks in Arlington. Make sure you stop by the GEICO tent and vote for the Best of College Sports or send a friend a greeting from the GEICO Caveman. If the NFL is more your style, we’ll be tailgating in Baltimore before the Ravens play the Broncos.

I know some of you have a love for the arts and in October, there are plenty of art festivals around the country. The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is a community-oriented art festival celebrating its 37th year; it’s the only one to feature work by outstanding Florida artists exclusively. In Maryland, the Baltimore Inner Harbor Arts Festival is worth a visit. The waterfront provides a great backdrop for a walk through the art exhibits.

In Kissimmee, Floridians can head to the Viva Osceola Festival to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month for a mix of Latin music, dance and family activities. New Yorkers, the Long Island Fall Festival in Huntington Village is not to be missed! Carnival rides, live entertainment and food for everyone makes this event fun for people of all ages. Hungry? Check out the Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival in Alabama. The festival celebrates its 39th year with arts, crafts, entertainment and, of course, shrimp.

Finally, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is still going strong in New Mexico until Sunday, so you have another chance to check it out this weekend, if you haven’t already. Speaking of second chances, if you haven’t stopped by the State Fair of Texas, you have until Sunday to do that as well! As always, I would love to hear about your weekend adventures. Let me know what you plan to do this weekend!