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 Prairie Pines swimming pool has been offering swimming lessons, and the library is gearing up for their summer reading program starting in July. The ranchers have mostly finished up their branding duties and the crops are in the field nearing harvest time which looks to come early in July.
Summer also means the Maine Street Bash in Eads as this will be the 16th 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 has been in years past, 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.
Vendor applications are being sent out now, but if you are a vendor or an organization who would like to make some money let the CLCEC know through a Facebook or Instagram. The vendor booths are $25 this year and the vendors will be located between the food court and KidZone.
This year the CLCEC is proud to announce they will host their 2nd annual Bash Car Show during the day. Contact Karl Eikenberg at 719-355-5588 or Krystal 719-438-5321. More on the Car Show in the coming weeks.
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 Claire Prince at 803-312-2364 or Nicole Keplar at 719-688-0516 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 of the CLCEC board members including Betsy Barnett, Mary Vasquez, Kim Richards, Marty Miller, Alicia James, Charlene Gifford, Connie Shotton, Claire Prince, and Nicole Keplar.
This year’s Bash will bring back the traditional Horseshoe Tournament in the morning starting at 11 am in the Horseshoe Park. Prizes will consist of a percentage of the pot so organizers hope many people will want to get back out at the pits.
The Budweiser Beer Garden will bring some new selections and be located at the food court. The great food will feature Charlie’s Kitchen Mexican Food and Jose Hernandez with burgers & brauts. The CLCEC is looking for a third food truck that would be interested in being in the food court.
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. Last year CLCEC also started a scavenger hunt game at the Bash and is planning on some version of it again this year, but with a little bit of a twist. Stay tuned for more information on that.
The entertainment has always been one of the Bash’s featured elements. This year CLCEC is thrilled to bring back Rhett Uhland and his band the Morning Shakes to the stage as the main event. Uhland, who grew up on the CLCEC stage as a child and teenager has become very popular in Texas playing big shows week in and week out and has twice had songs high on the Texas Country Music Charts. You are in for a real treat when Uhland makes his return after three years away from the Bash. Rhett Uhland and the Morning Shakes will perform at 8:00 pm sharp.
Local DJ Trent Rittgers will keep the daytime hours jumping with live music on the street starting at 11 am. Jared Weeks, who grew up in Kit Carson and has been in California working on his music will also be on the stage as the opening act for Rhett Uhland & the Morning Shakes. Weeks has recently cut an album and is featuring it in a half hour set. CLCEC is still finalizing other performers at this time with the hope to include other local artists.
The Plains Theater will feature free movies throughout the day in their air-conditioned theater. Each year CLCEC features a movie lineup with a theme. This year’s theme is “pets” and will feature some of the most beloved movies about pets including Lassie (2005), Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993), A Dog’s Purpose (2017) and Beethoven (1992).
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!