Start of school doesn’t end series of summer events

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By Jeremy Johnson

Miners Day Parade Announces New Theme and Prizes

FREDERICK — The Miners Day Parade has always been a delightful way for the community to get together and kick off the annual Miners Day celebration, and it’s about to get even better. New this year, the Miners Day Parade will have a new prize category: Best Float.

“We’re working to enliven the Miners Day Parade and are ready to reward groups for getting out the tissue paper and chicken wire and building a good old fashioned decorated float,” said Town of Frederick Events Coordinator, Brooke Cunningham. “The Miners Day Commission wants to see floats that reflect Frederick’s identity while delighting parade watchers.”

Cash prizes in the amount of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded for first, second and third places, respectively. Floats and other parade entries should be themed around the new Town of Frederick brand and tagline ‘Built on What Matters,’ which can be best seen in a video on the town’s website www.frederickco.gov. Parade entry forms can be found at www.frederickco.gov/minersday and are due by Sept. 8. All parade entries are free of charge.

The Miners Day Commission also has announced the music lineup for the 12th Annual Miners Day. Starting things off on Saturday, Sept. 20, will be Tuxedo Junction playing big band-era hits, followed by Eagles tribute band The Long Run. After that, Chris Daniels and the Kings will take the stage. Finishing off the night, Firefall will once again grace the Miners Day stage. Firefall, best known for their singles “You Are the Woman” and “Just Remember I Love You.”

The full lineup with performance times is listed below:

3 - 4:15 p.m. — Tuxedo Junction

4:45 - 5:45 p.m. — The Long Run

6:15 - 7:30 p.m. — Chris Daniels and The Kings

8 - 9:30 p.m. — Firefall



FREDERICK — Event organizers in Frederick are hoping a steady flow of cold ones will keep a substantial stream of guests coming through town as they host back-to-back weekend events centered around beer.

In an attempt to ride the wave of success created by weekly farmer’s markets and downtown concerts, and the town’s annual Frederick in Flight hot balloon event, the Tri-Town epicenter will be hosting two inaugural events beginning Aug. 16 and featuring everybody’s foamy favorites.


Colorado Craft
Beer Round Up

The Colorado Craft Beer Round Up has been making its way throughout the state this summer and will bring more than 20 of the state’s finest craft brews to the folks of Frederick from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at Crist Park.

“We are bringing some of the best local breweries to Frederick, which we know is something the people in the area will enjoy,” said Brooke Cunningham, events coordinator for the Town of Frederick. 

Cunningham said Frederick is already home to what many locals think is one of the best up-and-coming breweries in the state, Echo Brewing Co. And she said the support the community shows for the fledgling beer makers – Carbon Valley natives and twin brothers Daniel and Dennis Richards – is a good sign for the upcoming beer-related fun.

“The support the community continually gives them reinforces that people from Frederick know and like good beer,” she said.

Along with good beer will be good food and family fun. The Kids Corral provides plenty of outdoor activities for little ones, and western wear is encouraged for all. VIP tickets are available for those who choose to start sipping sooner. Proceeds will go to the Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce.


Brews, Blues and BBQ

Perhaps the only thing the people of Frederick love as much as good beer is good barbecue, said Paula Swanson, manager of downtown Frederick eatery, Georgia Boys BBQ.

“We have what we think is a great trifecta and the barbecue and the beer, obviously, was the easy part,” Swanson said, referring to the 22 beers on tap at the restaurant. “But (owners Matt and Mitch Alexander) thought the blues part of it was just the something they thought was a great addition.”

Swanson said the event serves as a win-win for both Georgia Boys and Frederick: On one hand, she said they’re always eager to build business for the already busy BBQ joint and, she added, they’re happy to be a part of what she calls Frederick’s “rejuvenation.”

“We’re very focused on rejuvenation of downtown, especially after all (the Town of Frederick) has given us,” she said. “And this is also a ‘thank you’ to the community for being so welcome and generous. We’re very fortunate.”

Many of the beers at that event are also locally brewed: Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery will join the Richards twins in providing beer for what should prove to be a boisterous outdoor event.

While food trucks provide the promised “BBQ” portion of the event, the Blues will be served up by none other than the local Frederick High School Jazz Band and Longmont’s Bonnie and The Clydes, both followed by Colorado blues legend Hazel Miller and her band.


positive feedback’

Cunningham said the spate of events in Frederick over the summer has prompted positive feedback from both the community and guests enjoying a daytrip.

“So far so good!” she said. “The community, residents and businesses alike, seem to really appreciate having fun activities in Frederick.”

Rachel Flutcher, executive director of the Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce, said the events also serve as community outreach for her organization, which helps get businesses and visitors more connected.

“This is really benefiting the community on behalf of both the businesses her and the Town of Frederick as a whole,” she said.

“Events are a very important part of the Town of Frederick,” Cunningham added. “Not only do they bring the community together in a fun way, but they give us the opportunity to show how we are ‘Built on What Matters,’” she added, referring to the town’s motto and recent “re-branding” marketing campaign. 

“Many of our larger events are geared toward drawing from a more regional crowd to show off what Frederick has to offer, and we have seen great success with that so far,” Cunningham continued. “We certainly hope that those folks continue to come back not just for events but, potentially, when they’re looking for a new home, new place to start a business or just a fun place to hang out, they think of Frederick.”

Cunningham added that, just because it’s August and it might seem like summer’s wrapping up, the fun’s not done yet. The Town’s flagship event, their 12th Annual Miners Day, will be held Sept. 20.