A Note from the Mayor

Dear Citizens & Tourists,

I just finished up recording my first segment for KRFC 88.9 FM, and I want to give a shout out to my producer, Dee. Wow, can she work some magic with editing! Thank you to Dee for making me sound like a real radio professional. Listen for my HeidiTown segments on KRFC starting next week.

This has been a series of crazy days for the Mayor, and at the end of the week I’m heading to the West Coast for a bit of business, a little fun with old friends and some family time. On Friday night I’ll be touring a bunch of breweries in Portland, Oregon. If you follow me on Twitter, watch for some beery tweets!

Because I’m heading out of town, I want to tell you about what’s in store for the next two weekends. So here’s the best stuff on my radar.

The Mayor at Colorado Nationals earlier this summer.
The Mayor at Colorado Nationals in Loveland, Colorado earlier this summer. (Photo by Ryan Schlaefer, all rights reserved)

This weekend, August 20-21, Northern Colorado is the place to be for cyclists. The Fort Collins Cycling Festival starts Friday and there is a huge line up of races that start and end in the center of Old Town Fort Collins. If you are not an aspiring Lance Armstrong, you can amuse yourself in other ways including watching bike demos, eating a pancake breakfast, entertaining the kids at an educational tiny town bike course, visiting the dunk tank, and lots more. Check out this cycling fest at www.fccyclingfest.com, and on
Facebook here.

This weekend is also the 42nd Annual Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival, originally celebrated to honor the creation of the city. It runs August 19-20, and is held in Anderson Park at 4355 Field Street. This large event features everything from a car show to an art show, a parade, fireworks, a carnival and several stages. I’m not sure how this one escaped my notice for so long. For more information visit the festival’s comprehensive website at www.thecarnationfestival.com. Find the festival on Facebook here.

So next weekend is absolutely fabulous for music lovers. First, it’s the Rocky Mountain Irish Festival, August 26-28 at Boardwalk Park in Windsor, Colorado. I know I’ve blogged, Facebooked and tweeted about this fest a lot, but what can I say? I like men in kilts.

The festival will kick off with The High Kings at Budweiser Event Center on Thursday, August 25. I’ve already covered all the bands in previous posts, but in addition to an outstanding selection of Celtic music there will be a genealogy tent, Irish authors, beer, food, and lots of activities for the wee ones. Join me at the fest! Learn more at www.RockyMountainIrishFestival.com, or like them on Facebook here.

Old Fashion Corn Roast Festival is August 26-27, and it’s Loveland, Colorado’s oldest festival. It’s held at Fairgrounds Park, just south of downtown Loveland. This is a super family-friendly event with lots of activities for the kids. What kid doesn’t like corn on the cob? This one is in the Festival & Events section here on HeidiTown, so read about Corn Roast here.

The same weekend as Corn Roast, and in the same park, is the Sweetheart Balloon Rally. Fifteen hot air balloons will lift off at 6:30 a.m. I previously wrote about this event here.

On Friday, August 26th, Longmont celebrates the 11th Annual Festival on Main. This community street fair runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and is featured on my festival page here, but for even more information visit their website www.festivalonmain.com.

Last, but far from least, if bagpipes aren’t your thing than slip on your Birkenstocks and head to hills for the 13th Annual Nedfest. This is a combination music, art, beer and camping festival in the laid back community of Nederland. Bands like Left Over Salmon and Hot Buttered Rum are in the lineup at this three-day event. Learn more at www.NedFest.com.

So there you have it – there is NO boredom in your future!!

Is something exciting happening in your neighborhood?   Please share it here or on Facebook. I will blog again next week, but in the meantime I will see you on Facebook and Twitter!

Happy Festivalling!



The Mayor of HeidiTown.com

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