Gourdfest promises variety

All things “gourdish” will be celebrated at the fifth annual Calabash Gourd Festival on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6–7, at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave.

The festival will open at 4 p.m. Friday featuring games, vendor booths, demonstration booths, face painting and entertainment. Flutist Tony Babbitt will play at 5 p.m., and a dance group will perform at 6 p.m.

A concert by Boulder-based Taliesin Rising, which plays an eclectic mix of acoustic music, will be from 7–9 p.m. Friday at the Elizabeth Harris Amphitheater. Go to taliesinrising.com for information on the trio.

Food, beer and wine will be available to purchase. Tickets to the concert cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Children younger than 12 get in free. Tickets can be purchased at the Botanical Gardens. Take a blanket or chairs.

The festival will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with the various booths, demonstrations and entertainment.

The public is invited to enter The Mini Gourdster Derby, a race of souped up gourds, in which contestants of all ages are invited to design their racer using regulation pinewood-derby wheel kits and gourds. There will be cash prizes in junior and senior divisions. The race will begin at 1 p.m. with check-in from noon to 12:45 p.m.

A pumpkin toss will begin at 2 p.m.

Admission to the festival is free, but does not include admission to the botanical gardens.

Call 243-6869 for information.


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