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Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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BASALT – Basalt celebrates its’ 10th Anniversary River Days Festival Aug. 17-18 in Lions Park.Music, magic, crafts and games merge traditional family fun with nationally acclaimed talent. This year’s headliner is singer and blues pianist Kelley Hunt.Slightly White – winners of the Roaring Fork Valley’s Battle of the Band competitions – kicks off the festivities at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 on center stage in Lions Park.

Basalt High School’s girls basketball team host a fundraising barbecue dinner from 4:30-7:30 p.m.The River Days music continues with the Roaring Fork Old-Time Celtic Mega Band, a group of valley string musicians who move the crowd with the Contra dance, a rollicking interactive performance in the park. Broad Band, featuring former members of Network, ushers in the night starting at 7:30 p.m.The music continues Saturday morning at the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast with Heart of the Rockies followed by Children’s dance troupe Celebrate the Beat. Tobatana Marimba Ensemble, Earthbeat Choir and reggae band Irie Still follow the parade.

Headliner Kelley Hunt, who performs from 6-8 p.m. Saturday on the main stage in Lions Park, stars in shows across the U.S. She is also known locally for performances at the Belly Up and venues across the valley. Hunt sings her own songs as well as cover tunes ranging from the Beatles to Jesse Winchester.The Handsome Little Devils – a sword-swallowing, high-flying old-time theater act – will roam the town along with Doc Eason, the valley’s own master musician, starting at noon Saturday.The Basalt Rural Fire Protection District will be on hand Saturday to begin the 10th Annual Basalt River Days Parade at 11:30 a.m. A long-standing tradition, the parade sends kids, clowns, horses and floats through Basalt’s downtown streets. Starting at Two Rivers Road and led by the energy-efficient Prius Parade, the parade welcomes participants from all stretches of Colorado.



Parade participants receive a free T-shirt and bicycle decorations. There is also a chance to win a child’s bicycle. To qualify, children must register at the decorating station at 10 a.m. (at the Old Bridge, next to 7-Eleven) and participate in the parade. The drawing for the bicycle takes place after the parade.The Wyly Community Arts Center goes with the River Days flow by inviting all ages to the “River of Life” art workshop from 57 p.m. Aug.14-16. Participants will create flora, fauna and the “walking river” as part of a “River of Life” performance art piece for the River Days Parade. Requirements are pre-registration and participation in Saturday’s annual parade.Parade participants line up at Streamside by 11:15 a.m. Call 927-4031 to register parade entries. For details, see http://www.basaltriverdays.com.


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