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Burning Mountain Festival: music, food, crafts, parade, bed race

For 30 years the Burning Mountain Festival has held to its roots as the best small town festival around. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, this year’s theme is “Remember When – 30 Years of Mountain Magic.”The Burning Mountain Festival runs Friday through Sunday, July 18-20.Throughout the weekend there will be music, food and craft booths, an art exhibit, dancing and plenty of good fun for the kids.Featured this year is the food of New Castles’ eateries, including the City Market Deli, Garcia’s, the New Castle Cafe, Hogback Pizza, the Elk Creek Mining Co., and SuperBowl.The Budweiser Beer and Wine Garden will be open for whistle-whetting all day Saturday and into the evening.Burning Mountain Festival would not be complete without the annual parade that moves off down Main Street at 10 a.m. Saturday.Don’t forget to check out the doins’ in Ritter Plaza on Main Street in mid-town New Castle. There’ll be music, magicians and clowns beginning at 11:30 a.m. and running to 7 p.m.Both Saturday and Sunday open with pancake breakfasts offered for cheap and which support local organizations. Sunday morning will also open with some good old Gospel music and wind up with a family bowling tournament at SuperBowl.Dance to the musicThis year’s Burning Mountain Festival features a great variety of music. Most of the performances take place in Burning Mountain Park. There will also be music in Ritter Plaza all day Saturday. See the schedule for times and locations.The inimitable Ralph Dinosaur and the Fabulous Volcanoes have been mainstays of the local music scene for years. They’ll bring their cross-dressing, devil-may-care, hard rocking performance to Burning Mountain Park Friday, July 18, at 8 p.m. Saturday’s lineup in Burning Mountain Park will feature local bands: Cowboy Attitude, at 2 p.m., Thicker Than Thieves at 4:30 p.m., Scooze at 7 p.m. and Black Timber at 8:30 p.m.Thicker Than Thieves is one of the most versatile rock bands you’ll hear anywhere. Their upbeat sound is rooted in rock, blues, swing, jazz and traditional country. Their original songs have received accolades at the Kerrville Folk Festival and several national song writing competitions. Founding members guitarist Rick Stockton and bassist Helen Hightower are joined by drummer Justin Hess.Since leaving Austin, Texas, for the mountains of western Colorado, they’ve headlined at the Tabor Opera House in Leadville, the Stoney Mesa Winery Summer Concert series, and Paonia’s Mountain Harvest Festival.Ritter Plaza performancesMusic will also be the order of the day in Ritter Plaza, just a few blocks down Main Street from the park. Local entertainers Trulee and Lulu offer up everything from pop to country to good old rock and roll and will take the stage at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.Local singer and songwriter Dan Sheridan will perform in Ritter Plaza at 2 p.m. In the last few years Sheridan has garnered a host of awards, including first place at the 2002 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, first place in the 2001 Swallow Hill Folk Festival Songwriter Contest and first place in the 1993 Telluride Troubadour Contest. His songs have been featured on the network television shows “Ed” and “Ally MacBeal.”Dan’s use of open tunings, command of melody and wry sense of humor have earned him a reputation as a dynamic and captivating live performer. He has produced a total of five CDs of original music, including “Old Familiar Place,” “Canyon,” “Maroon Creek,” “Small Town Love” and “Recycle.”Haden Gregg and Kelly Michel follow Sheridan at 4 p.m. in the plaza. This dynamic duo with their spellbinding vocals and creative musicianship have delighted audiences since they combined forces in 1998. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Haden Gregg is well known throughout the state and beyond as a member of the Aspen-based band Starwood.Michel has performed from Florida to California. She has lived in the Rockies since 1986 and graced the Aspen music scene with her powerful vocals and song writing.Also featured Saturday in Ritter Plaza is singer John Noel at 5:30 p.m.Sunday will get off to a rollicking start at 11 a.m. with the One Voice Gospel group.

Burning Mountain Festival weekend scheduleNew Castle will roll out the fun next weekend for its annual Burning Mountain Festival. Here’s what’s going on:Friday, July 184 p.m. – Skateboard and inline skating competition, Castle Valley skateboard park4 p.m. – Softball tournament, Riverside School5 p.m. – Basketball tournament, Riverside School6 p.m. – Taste of New Castle6:30 p.m. – ArtPhest, New Castle Community Center6:45 p.m. – Crowning of Burning Mountain Pageant winner, Burning Mountain Park6-10 p.m. – Beer GardenSaturday, July 19All day – Children’s fun park in the park, food and craft vendors, museum demonstrations, silent auction in the Weller Building, book sale at New Castle Library, and pie sale at St. John’s Church, all-day art exhibits and demonstrations in Ritter Plaza.8 a.m. – New Castle Ambulance Pancake Breakfast9 a.m. – ArtPhest10 a.m. – Burning Mountain Festival parade11 a.m. – Car show, Main Street11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Kidz Kourt in Burning Mountain Park. Cookie art, rock art, beads, storyteller, Kid’s & Co., Roz the Clown, rock wall, marble and pool games, baby crawl, treasure hunt, Hula Hoop contest, jugglers, balloon art.11:30 a.m. – CheerleadersNoon – Casey Beauchamp Dancers12:30 p.m. – Great Loudini, magician1 p.m. – Magic show (on Ritter Plaza)1:20 p.m. – Stompers (cloggers)2 p.m. – Bed Race3 p.m. – Egg Toss3:30 p.m. – Hula Hoop contestSunday, July 207 a.m. – 4-H Club Pancake Breakfast10 a.m. – New Hope Church in the Park11 a.m. – One Voice Gospel1 p.m. – Gold Rush Dancers6 p.m. – Family Bowling Tournament, New Castle SuperBowlMusic lineupFriday, July 187:30 p.m. – Grant and Dave8 p.m. – Ralph Dinosaur and the VolcanoesSaturday, July 199 a.m. – Mariachi band2 p.m. – Cowboy Attitude3:30 p.m. – Lone Pine Bluegrass Band4:30 p.m. – Thicker Than Thieves7 p.m. – Scooze8:30 p.m. – Black TimberSaturday in Ritter Plaza11:30 a.m. – Trulee & Lulu2 p.m. – Dan Sheridan4 p.m. – Haden Greg & Kelly Michel5:30 p.m. – John NoelSunday, July 2011 a.m. – One Voice Gospel Singers


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