Burning Mountain Festival gets underway next week | PostIndependent.com

Burning Mountain Festival gets underway next week

Heidi Rice
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” Burning Mountain Festival-goers will have two Saturdays to celebrate this year’s events.

This Saturday will have a majority of the events at Coal Ridge Park south of the Colorado River, kicking off for the main festival weekend July 17-19 that will be held in Burning Mountain Park and downtown on Main Street.

“Last year, it was too dispersed between the two parks and everyone was all over the place,” said Maureen Maznio, one of the co-chairs of the Burning Mountain Festival committee. “This year, we decided to split it up to two Saturdays.”

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with the Hogback Hustle and a pancake breakfast in Burning Mountain Park by the Boy Scout Troop #221.

A barbecue will start at noon through 6 p.m. at Coal Ridge Park along with a raft and kayak race starting at River Park.

“You can register in advance or sign up the day of the race between noon and 1 p.m.,” Maznio said. “The race will start at 12:30 p.m.”

The Last Minute String Band, who won first place in the Post Independent’s Local’s Choice award for best local band, will play in Coal Ridge Park from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday evening, July 17, will kick off the big weekend with a wine and beer tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Spirits of New Castle liquor store at 302 W. Main Street.

The Haden Greg and Kelly Michel Band will play in Burning Mountain Park from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

“They’re kind of like a rock and blues band,” Maznio said. “We’re also doing a ‘Bring Your Own Picnic’ to the park.”

At 7 p.m., the Burning Mountain pageant will be held at Kathryn Senor Elementary, where local girls will show off their talents and compete to be named to the Burning Mountain Royalty.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Mardi Gras” and everyone is encouraged to enter the costume contest being held on “Fat Friday” at 8:30 p.m. in Burning Mountain Park on July 18. Costumes can include colored beads, feathered masks, wigs and bright, bold colors.

“The crowd will be the judges,” Maznio said. “And the winners will be in the (Saturday morning) parade. And men – feel free to dress as women.”

There are still a few spots for vendors and volunteers are always needed to help with traffic and the beer tent.

To register for the raft and kayak race, contact King Lloyd at 876-2839. To apply as a vendor, contact Mickey Tucker at 984-3530, Julie Taylor at 984-2646 or Neva Hiscock at 876-5520. To volunteer, contact Maznio at 984-0208.

For a complete schedule of Burning Mountain Festival events July 18-19, please see the Options section of the Post Independent on July 18.

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