Burning Mountain fest has Mardi Gras theme | PostIndependent.com

Burning Mountain fest has Mardi Gras theme

Heidi RiceGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado – The 35th annual Burning Mountain Festival this year adds both some new features and eliminates some old ones.The theme of this year’s festival is “Mardi Gras,” and the events will start on Saturday, July 12, with the Hogback Hustle at 8 a.m. It will be followed by the raft/kayak race at River Park and a barbecue, disc golf demonstration and entertainment, all in Coal Ridge Park.”We chose Mardi Gras because we were looking for something a little different,” said Judy Shaffer, who is in charge of public relations for the festival. “Country and western is always appropriate, but we thought a Burning Mountain Mardi Gras would provide a lot of neat things for the kids and you can bring in things like beads, hats and glasses.””The July 12 Saturday is new,” Shaffer said. “But there will be no Taste of New Castle or antique car show this year.”The main portion of the festival is held from Thursday through Saturday, July 17-19. There is no Sunday church in the park this year.Thursday will begin with a wine/beer tasting at Spirits of New Castle on West Main Street, followed by music and a BYOP “Bring Your Own Picnic” in Burning Mountain Park. The results of the Miss Burning Mountain Pageant will be presented at Kathryn Senor Elementary School.In keeping with the Mardi Gras theme, a new event will be the “Fat Friday Costume Contest” in Burning Mountain Park, along with music, food and craft vendors.”Friday is really kind of a locals’ night,” Shaffer said. “And it’s definitely going to be a great time.”Saturday will start with the traditional pancake breakfast at the community center followed by a new Mardi Gras parade down Main Street. The bulk of the day’s activities will be held in Burning Mountain Park.Food and craft vendors are still welcome to register and can do so by contacting Julie Taylor at 984-2646 or newcastlerainbow@ aol.com, or Mickey Tucker at 984-3530 or wildmom50@hotmail.com.A complete Burning Mountain Festival schedule will appear later in the Post Independent.

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