New OCCF event with bands, vendors, activities in Bancroft Park June 17June 4, 2018
A new seven-hour event, West Fest, will focus on live music, food, drink and crafts in Bancroft Park Sunday, June 17.
Organized by the Old Colorado City Foundation (OCCF), the event will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
According to OCCF President Dave Brackett, the goal is to have a festive, “ family-friendly” gathering that will raise money for the
Admission will be free, with assorted food or drink vendors selling their wares. Among these will be food trucks parked along Colbrunn Court and local brewing businesses with beer they've made, according to event coordinator Lauren Ripko.
Four bands are scheduled on the Bancroft stage - Foggiest Notion (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), Boondoggle Saints (1-3 p.m.), Ruxton Railsplitters (3:30-4:45 p.m.) and Ashley Swendsen (5-6 p.m.).
Other scheduled activities are an interactive robot-building workshop with the CoCo Crafted group and demonstrations by Cougars Gone Wired (the Coronado robotics team), Ripko added.
West Fest's no-admission/buy-from-vendors format is the opposite of the OCCF's annual Taste of OCC fundraiser (scheduled Sept. 23 this year), at which people must pay to enter a fenced-off area where they eat and drink for no additional charge. Brackett said he thinks that approach attracts a “foodie” crowd that likes to sample things; whereas West Fest's free admission is likely to be “more appealing to families.”
Formed in 2013, the OCCF is a charitable nonprofit of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group whose goal is to fund improvements in the historic shopping district.
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