Thornton’s Harvest Fest kicks off for its late summer celebration Sept. 8 at the Community Park, Thornton Parkway and York Street. The bulk of the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at …
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Thornton’s Harvest Fest kicks off for its late summer celebration Sept. 8 at the Community Park, Thornton Parkway and York Street.
The bulk of the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at Thornton’s Community Park, at York Street and Thornton Parkway.
The day kicks off with two affiliated off-site events. A fishing derby for kids 12-years-old and younger is scheduled from 7-10 a.m. at the Grandview Ponds Open Space, 4401 E. 104th Ave. The cost is $1 per child and each participant should bring their own pole and tackle.
An all you can eat pancake breakfast is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Thornton Senior Center, 9471 Dorothy Blvd. Tickets for that are $4 for adults and $2.50 for seniors 55-years-old and older and kids 12-years-old and younger.
The park is being divided in half for the festival. The east side will host kids events, like a petting zoo, pony rides, a train and a play area. The west side will have two stages, a bazaar for local vendors, a beer garden, picnic area and food court.
Festivities at the Community Park kick off at 9 a.m., with a skatepark competition for skateboarders, bicyclists and scooter riders. Entrance fees for Thornton residents are $11 for that and all participants must sign a waiver and wear a helmet. Non-residents pay $13 to participate.
A chili cook-off is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. at the center of the park, near the beer garden. There’s no charge for the cookoff, but donations of $5 per person or $20 per family are suggested. The cookoff benefits the Marc Jr. Foundation.
Music and dance
Most other events get started at 10 a.m. The two stages will have very different acts. On the western side of the park, the Cultural Stage will feature Polynesian dancers, Latin music performers Barrio E’, performances by the Filipino-American Community of Colorado and Strings and Steel,a guitar and steel drum duo.
The Larkridge Stage in the center of the park will feature more traditional festival fare: with performances by classic rock band Milestone, fund band Groove A Licious, the Mighty Nice Band, oldies band Soul School and Phat Daddy.
The city will be running buses between the festival, the STEM Launch School, at 9450 N. Pecos St. and Northstar Park at 400 E. 88th Ave.
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