Get ready to dance and get ready for some great summer food this Sunday, as we start 13 weeks of the Centennial Park Concert Series and Centennial Market.
Arts, music and merchants will be highlighted each Sunday though Sept. 9, a great time to bring the family, meet new and old friends and enjoy summer days in Rifle.
Inaugurated in 2010, Rifle's spacious Centennial Park illuminates the city's history and showcases unique and popular amenities, such as sculptural features, a water spray park and an outdoor amphitheatre. In 2011, thanks to the timely suggestion of Don Locke of Rifle Lock and Safe, the amphitheater was put to its best use as the venue for the first annual Centennial Concert Series.
Offering up good, clean family summer fun, last year's event was a huge success, drawing hundreds of visitors from Rifle and other local communities.
This year, as we get ready to kick off our second year, Alpine Bank has claimed the title of series sponsor and KMTS is our media sponsor. Contributing sponsors include: Brenden Mann Foundation, Grand River Hospital District, Rifle Visitor Improvement Fund and La Quinta Inn and Suites.
As the result of these generous contributions, the series ballooned from four weeks to13, along with a special Tuesday, July 3 performance as part of the city's Independence Day Celebration.
This year's concert series is complimented by the addition of Rifle's Centennial Market, where you can find local items from many arts and crafts vendors and purchase fresh, quality fruits and vegetables from produce vendors. Each market begins at 4 p.m., with the concert at 5 p.m.
Kicking things off this Sunday is the Patti Fiasco Band. This group, originally based in Wyoming, now hails from Fort Collins, and mixes classic country with all-out rock n' roll that's sure to get you up off your seat.
So whether you're swinging by to shop, splash, shuffle to the beat or all three, Centennial Park is definitely the place to spend your Sunday. See you there.
Blair Bracken is the special events coordinator for the Rifle Recreation Department.