Funfest returning to Belleview Park

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About all that will be missing is the guy in the red-striped vest urging people to step right up, as a wide variety of attractions and activities are scheduled during the Aug. 10 Englewood Funfest.

 This marks the 16th year the Englewood Parks and Recreation Department will organize the event that is billed that as a hometown fair with a flair. It is held at Belleview Park at Belleview Avenue and Inca Street.

“We have almost all the activities we have had in past years,” said Tara Micheli, one of the recreation program administrators helping organize the event. “We also have some new activities. For example, the Museum of Outdoor Arts will be there to conduct a coloring contest, and we will have a display of all kinds of drums where children can experience what it is like to play them. It should be loud.”

Each year, the event transforms portions of the park into what resembles a carnival midway.

City departments and local organizations will set up a number of information and activity booths to let people know about their activities. Private companies complete the fair-like atmosphere by setting up games and attractions like inflatable bounce castles. Admission to Funfest is free, but there is a charge for some of the attractions and to buy food from vendors.

Again this year Funfest features many hands-on activities. Plans are to have an opportunity for individuals to do chalk art, and Lowe’s Home Improvement will again have a booth with kits for children to build items. In past years, children have built items like birdhouses and book racks from the kits.

The duck races return this year and the proceeds of the event will benefit the recreation department’s youth council. Also, this year, there will be cash prizes for the top four places.

Annually, there will be a lot of free activities, including a pit filled with plastic balls as a play area for small children. It is expected there will again be a booth where children could make bracelets or refrigerator magnets.

The stage is a big attraction as children of all ages display the dancing and other artistic talents they learned in recreation classes. The weather can be quite warm, so each year, the recreation department sets up canopies to provide shade for friends and family who came to watch the entertainment.

Last year, Angela Perking said she drove from Boulder to take pictures of the daughters of several friends who were dancing with their classmates. She said it was great the city had all the different dance classes for kids and then provided the opportunity for them to perform. 

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