WestyFest, the city’s annual late summer celebration, returns to City Park on Aug. 12 this year with the same fun, games, music and food but with a little different organization.
“It’s a little different,” said Rich Neumann, marketing and …
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“It’s a little different,” said Rich Neumann, marketing and outreach supervisor for the city’s Parks, Recreation and Libraries department. “It used to be the Westminster Fair, but it changed over 30 years or so ago. Over time it’s grown into a much larger celebration.”
The event kicks off at 8 a.m Saturday morning with the Holy Cow Trail Stampede, a 5K and 10K run that begins at Christopher Fields in the southern part of the park.
WestyFest itself is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Westminster City Park, 10455 Sheridan Blvd. Parking is located around the City Park complex.
The festival is free, but Neumann said the city has created a single entrance and exit near the park’s southeast corner, near the Sheridan and 104th Ave. intersection. That’s designed to give organizers a better understanding of attendance and how many people are on site at a given time.
“It’ll be easier for us to keep attendance if we have a single entry point,” Neumann said. “It’ll be a little easier for us to know, for marketing purposes, how many people are coming and going from every direction. That’s what has happened in the past because City Park is so large.”
Wedges and zones
The city is trying to take advantage of that size this year, Neumann said. The park will be organized into zones, each dedicated to a different kind of fun, for WestyFest.
“Everything is set up in these zones, as opposed to a field with a bunch of tents thrown on it,” Neumann said. “Everything is in a semi-circle with six little distinct wedges.”
The Beer Garden opens at 11 a.m. in its own zone, while the nearby Chow Town zone, featuring food vendors and restaurants, will be open all day long.
Artisans and craftsmen will have their own area called the Galleria.
“That’s sort of like a mixed arts fair, an arts and crafts fair,” , Neumann said.
Local businesses and non-profits will be able to tout their efforts in The Neighborhood section. They’ll be offering family-friendly activities and giving away treats there as well.
Adventure Land will host a variety of more robust activities, including a kayak tank, bounce houses and a 20-foot-tall inflatable dinosaur that will be a target for golfers. They’ll be encouraged to chip a shot into the creature’s mouth.
That’s situated next to the Carnival Zone, featuring rows of traditional carnival midway games.
Four-legged family members are invited, too, to the Pet Zone featuring a variety of pet products and services. Pet licensing and vaccinations will be available as will a number of vendors and demonstrations.
“It’s all arranged around the Community Stage, where we’ll do all of our performances,” he said. “We’ll have entertainment groups and community performances and it all ends with a concert.”
The concert features headliner Rob Drabkin, a Colorado native folk musician.
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