Summer has arrived in Southeastern Colorado and there’s a lot of activities going on around the area as the kids are in the middle of their summer ball programs, the swimming pool will soon be giving lessons, and the library is gearing up for their summer reading program starting in July. In addition, water and outdoor enthusiasts have been making their way out to the lakes as the water and fishing is good in the nearby waters of Kiowa County and at John Martin Reservoir.
Summer also means the Maine Street Bash in Eads as this will be the 13th year for the street festival that is geared for every member of the family. It’s a time for wheat harvest to be celebrated, entrepreneurs to show off their amazing products, and everyone of every age to sit back on the last Saturday in July and just enjoy themselves. The Bash is designed for everyone to have a darn good time.
Although this is a fundraiser for the Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center (CLCEC), just as it was last year, the Bash is free to all and festival attendees can come and go as they please. The organizers hope to bring a large collection of food vendors and entrepreneurs to Maine Street in Eads. They would love for the Bash-goers to get to know the entrepreneurs who work hard to make a living, and the entrepreneurs to develop a larger network and customer base. If you have a service or sell anything in your spare time or as a living, the Bash organizers want to talk to you.
Something new this year includes adding a flea market option to the Bash. For the price of vendor space ($30) anyone who wants to sell their no-longer wanted items can have a place and audience to do so. It’s a great way to downsize your living space, make a little money on the side, and have a great time while doing it.
They are also looking for groups who would like to run kids’ games in the KidZone as a fundraiser for their organization. It’s easy to get involved. Call Betsy Barnett at 719-940-0799, Alicia James at 719-688-9942, Charlene Gifford (719-688-9770) OR message Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center on facebook. And, make sure to look for your invitation for the Bash coming soon on facebook. You can also talk to any board member including Mary Vasquez, Terry Riley, Marty Miller, Alicia James, Charlene Gifford, Connie Shotton, Ken Flory, and Kim Richards.
This year’s Bash will include the traditional Horseshoe Tournament in the morning, the Budweiser Beer Garden, activities in the theater all day and into the evening, great food, fun games, and friendly company.
Oh, and make sure to register for the Corn Hole Tournament this year --- bigger than ever with more boards right on Maine Street next to the Beer Garden. Call Kim Richards to get in on the Cornhole fun at 719-688-1437.
As far as the entertainment goes --- the CLCEC board has received many requests for local talent, and in response the lineup will feature a number of locally connected entertainers. They include Rhett Uhland, Jamie Crockett & Friends, Country Classic Band out of La Junta, and Judi out of Lamar. CLCEC will also be sponsoring Open Mic time on the big stage from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm prior to the big bands taking the stage. This is a great opportunity for budding talent to get a little taste of performing in front of a friendly and supportive crowd.
Other events are being planned in conjunction with the Bash, so stay tuned for updates as we get ever-nearer to the LAST SATURDAY IN JULY!!