It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes, HeidiTown citizens, Glenn Miller Swingfest is just around the corner. I’ve wanted to attend this festival for a long time and this year, we’re going.
Who doesn’t love big band music? This festival is four straight days dedicated to Glenn Miller and the music he loved.
Glenn Miller spent his high school years in Fort Morgan. You can learn some fascinating stories about him at the Fort Morgan Museum. He went on to be the best-known big band musician, arranger, composer and bandleader of the swing era. He was a best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943. In 1944, while traveling from England to France to entertain U.S. troops, his aircraft disappeared over the English Channel.
Glenn Miller Swingfest is a celebration of Glenn Miller’s music and believe me, you know all the songs. The event was started in 1996 and in 2009 it was adopted by The School of Performing Arts as a way to provide scholarships for students.
So here’s the deal. The fest starts on Thursday, June 19 and runs through Sunday, June 22. Saturday, June 21, is a big day for the fest with multiple events throughout the day, starting with a Fly In at the Fort Morgan Airport followed by a 1940’s Americana Community Picnic in downtown Fort Morgan at City Park. Starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. this FREE event features five bands on the main stage, pus lots of other activities to keep the entire family entertained.
There will even be a World War II display with a troop truck and more. FREE historical tours of the town will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In the evening, Dance to the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra at Keith Bath Farms from 8 to 11 p.m. This night features the official Glenn Miller Orchestra. The band was formed in 1956 and has toured consistently ever since, playing an average of 300 lives dates a year around the world. Impressed? Me too, and I can’t wait to hear them, and you can join me!
CONTEST NOW CLOSED
Just leave a comment below, telling me the color of your favorite pair of dancing shoes, and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to the dance (a $90 value).
A winner will be selected at random at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, June 6. Be sure to leave me an email address that you check frequently. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, or the runner up will be chosen.
Where’s Fort Morgan? The town is located approximately 1 hour and 17 minutes northeast of Denver, Colorado.