You’re not a Coloradan unless you’re crazy about corn! Loveland is celebrating the golden crop with the 2015 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival Aug. 21 and 22. From 5-10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 4th Street and Railroad Avenue will be filled will all the corn-related fun that a corn-lover can handle. Here are our top five reasons why it’s worth your time attending:
- Corn-shucking contest
How often do you get to show off your mad corn-shucking skills to anyone other than your family at the Sunday barbecue? At 5:30 p.m. Friday, festival-goers will have the opportunity to compete against shucking pros to see how fast they can go.
- Corn-eating contest
Shucking not your thing? No worries, there will also be the chance to participate in the corn-eating contest. That’s right – forget about strict etiquette and social graces because at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, it only matters how many empty cobs are left sitting on your plate.
- Continual entertainment and vendors
During the festival hours for both days, attendees can enjoy live music from Retro Eighties Tribute Band, Soul School and Cable 10, not to mention food and vendors throughout the day. Don’t forget about all the roasted and boiled corn to purchase!
Who doesn’t love a parade? At 8:30 Saturday morning, the festival parade will travel through downtown Loveland. Parade winners will be announced later that day. View the parade route and parking here.
- It’s FREE!!
And the best part of the festival is that you don’t even have to pay to get in! Come for the day and enjoy all the corn you can get your hands on without having to spend an arm and a leg. For more festival details, visit http://www.loveland.org/TheCornRoastFestival/.
High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival.
Aug. 14, 15 and 16 is a great weekend for music festivals in Colorado! For those who are hailing from the foothills or the Boulder County region, Folks Fest in Lyons is definitely worth checking out. This low-key festival, featuring internationally-known songwriters, is celebrating its 25th year and is a favorite of Lyons locals and outsiders alike.
The festival gates open at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday to a day of continual folk music that lasts late into the night. Celebrated performers such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jason Isbell and Gillian Welch are only a few of the numerous acts to hit the stage. Don’t forget to see who will be crowned the 2015 champion at the much-anticipated songwriter competition.
Festivities don’t end with great music, though. Vendors featuring a variety of food and beverages will be available for attendees to enjoy throughout the weekend. Children are also welcome to explore the kids’ area, where they can participate in fun crafts, play on the beach and engage in nature and outdoor activities.
While you’re packing your bags for the weekend, remember to bring plenty of sunscreen, blankets or chairs for seating and of course lots of water. Be sure to leave alcohol, video recorders and all furry friends at home. For all inquiries on what else is permitted along with more festival details, visit https://www.bluegrass.com/folks/.
High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of Folks Festival.
Shown above: Shatterproof Photo courtesy of Bohemian Nights, LLC.
Nothing defines mid-August in Fort Collins better than Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest! This free three-day music festival in downtown Fort Collins has been a staple in the community for years, and this year it’s shaping up to be better than ever.
Kicking off NewWestFest Aug. 14 is Savage Cabbage at the Mountain Stage and Winchester Holiday at the Library Park Stage, both at 5 p.m. From there, numerous bands – including headliners Flobots, Steve Miller Band and Rodrigo y Gabriela – will take five different downtown stages during Aug. 14, 15 and 16.
Not only will festival-goers be able to enjoy continual free music throughout the weekend, but there will also be more than 250 booths featuring art, food, local businesses and more! Children are welcome to explore the two different kids’ sections as well, which includes musical instrument interaction and a full-sized carnival.
Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen and water as the festival will be outside. Keep alcoholic beverages at home, though, and wait to purchase them inside the festival. Taking the MAX (bus stops on Mason Street) is strongly encouraged; operating hours are extended to accommodate festival attendees.
For full NewWestFest details, visit Bohemian Nights online.
High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.
It’s always great to hear about events that benefit a charitable cause! The Child Advocacy Center Bocce Event on Aug. 8 does exactly that. This annual event brings together community members for an afternoon of bocce ball, delicious food and fellowship, all while raising funds for the Larimer County Child Advocacy Center, which aids children and families who have been victimized by child abuse.
Festivities begin at 2 p.m. when teams of four players compete in a friendly game of bocce ball, a low-exertion Italian ball sport. The winning team receives a prize of $500, not to mention bragging rights. Non-players are also welcome and can enjoy live music from Kurt Humann, bid at the silent auction, and of course treat themselves to Italian cuisine provided by Carrabba’s.
The event will be held at the Child Advocacy Center in Fort Collins, 5529 S. Timberline Rd. Participants are encouraged to park at the PVH Harmony Campus on Timberline and Harmony and take a shuttle to the Center due to limited parking. Bocce ball teams (fun team t-shirts are welcome!) must purchase tickets and register online prior to the tournament, but non-playing attendees may purchase tickets at the door.
For more details and any inquiries, please visit http://cacbocceball.com/.
High Country Beverage is a proud supporter of the CAC Bocce Event.