Father’s Day Weekend in Colorado (HeidiTown on the Radio)

Heidi at South Park Sentinel at South Park City in Fairplay Colorado
The Mayor standing in the doorway of the South Park Sentinel at South Park City Museum in Fairplay, Colorado. (Photo by Ryan Schlaefer, all rights reserved)

I started HeidiTown in 2007, as a review blog. I started blogging specifically about events and festivals in May 2010. I’ve always said that HeidiTown was not a calendar of events,  but rather stuff the Mayor likes. Unfortunately, it’s starting to look a lot like a calendar, especially this weekly post.

I’m going to shake things up. After this week, I am no longer going to give radio listeners a laundry list of things going on around the state. Instead I am  going to talk about other stuff on the radio, such as why I love dinner theater, festival tips, weekend travel and more. I will still upload the audio here on the blog, but there will be no transcript.

Here on the blog there will be less contests and more content. I’m a writer, and I’m going to get back to doing what I do best – write.  So things might look a little different around here this summer, but that’s a good thing. I will still be previewing and reviewing festivals and the Facebook page will still be a wealth of information on upcoming events. However, this blog will be reserved for interesting articles, not event calendaring.

The following is the transcript from this week’s radio show on KRFC 88.9 FM. If you’d rather listen to the audio CLICK HERE.

Please note that all future Tuesday posts will look very different!

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Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about festivals, events and destinations around Colorado.

Father’s Day weekend is already here and summer officially starts on June 20. Here’s what happening around Colorado June 15 to the 17th, 2012.

There are lots of events happening this weekend that your dad will love including the Dandelion Daze Car Show in Holyoke, Colorado. This is the 12th Annual show and includes two days of fun in this tiny town including a city wide garage sale, RC Gas Powered Car Races, a parade and more. Learn all about it at HolyokeChamber.org.

A Classic Car Show will also be held in Highlands Ranch at Cherry Hills Community Church. This is an event for all ages. More at HRCAonline.org.

In Steamboat Springs it’s the 24 Annual Mustang Roundup, and this isn’t a festival of horses, but rather horsepower. More than 400 Mustang owners rumble into Steamboat for this Father’s Day Weekend tradition. Go to Steamboat-Chamber.com for more information.

Is your dad a geek? Take him to Denver Comic Con this weekend at the Colorado Convention Center. It’s the Mile High City’s first full scale comic and pop culture convention. Check out the massive schedule at DenverComicCon.com.

Kingdom Days logo
If you want to cool off this weekend, head to Breckenridge’s Kingdom Days. This two-day event celebrates the city’s 153-year heritage in only the way that Breckenridge can… burro rides, gold panning, ghost tours and outhouse races await you at this uniquely Colorado event. To keep tabs on Breckenridge this summer, check out GoBreck.com online and on Facebook.

Also in the mountains, if your dad loves barbeque, take him to the granddaddy of all Colorado barbecue festivals being held in Frisco this weekend. The 19th annual Frisco BBQ Challenge start on Thursday and runs through Saturday. More at TownofFrisco.com.

Here’s an event my guitar playing, music-loving Father would appreciate. The Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival is Friday and Saturday. Held on the shady banks of the Colorado River, this festival includes bluegrass, blues, old-time, folk and Celtic music. Kick off your shoes and relax to the sounds of sweet music in Palisade. Visit the fest online at PalisadeMusic.com.

And speaking of music, the 1940s WWII Era Ball is here! Held on Saturday at the Boulder Airport this is one of my favorite events of the year. Unfortunately I’m missing it because I will be at TBEX, a travel bloggers conference being held in Keystone. But you shouldn’t miss it! Put on your comfiest dancing shoes and go to 1940sBall.com for details.

There are two cultural events happening in Denver this weekend. The annual Greek Festival is Friday, Saturday and Sunday held on East Alameda Avenue. There will be dancing, music and lots and lots of delicious food. Go to TheGreekFestival.com for hours and directions.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It is a historical and cultural event being held in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver. There will be food, performances and artwork as well as educational opportunities and a large church service & gospel concert on Sunday. Learn about Denver’s Juneteenth at JuneteenthMusicFestival.com.

Ryan at Colorado Brewers' Festival 2010
Colorado Brewers' Festival (Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all right reserved)

Next weekend, don’t miss the Colorado Brewers’ Festival being held right here in Fort Collins. I love this event and expect to see you there. Also next weekend, here’s a Colorado destination event. The Glenn Miller Swing Fest is June 21st through the 24th in Fort Morgan, featuring the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. This event combines two HeidiTown favorites, a small town with a unique festival. More at GlennmillerSwingFest.com.

That’s all for this week… Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful dads out there… and to the rest of you, be sure to take him somewhere special this weekend.

There are lots of ways to keep up with me this summer. Find the town on Facebook at HeidiTown.comOnFB, follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown or circle the town on Google Plus. I welcome emails anytime TheMayor@HeidiTown.com.

As always, thank you very much for lending me your ear… until next week I will see you online!

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