After a year of cancellations, Castle Rock events are booming again

Attendance, participation have exceeded expectations

Thelma Grimes
tgrimes@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/3/21

After having no summer concerts or events in 2020, Castle Rock Special Program & Events Supervisor Jennifer Reinhardt said she did not know what to expect at the start of the 2021 summer concerts …

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After a year of cancellations, Castle Rock events are booming again

Attendance, participation have exceeded expectations

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After having no summer concerts or events in 2020, Castle Rock Special Program & Events Supervisor Jennifer Reinhardt said she did not know what to expect at the start of the 2021 summer concerts and festivals season.

The results are better than expected, said Reinhardt, as every event, concert and festival held in Castle Rock this summer has been packed and beyond successful.

“I have never seen anything like it,” she said. “We ran into trouble booking vendors because they are all booked up. We have had food trucks running out of food because there are so many people. Everything this summer has been exciting and so full of energy.”

Reindhardt said as more people turn out for each event, there is a sense of appreciation, especially after 2020 where restrictions kept the general public from dining out, annual festivals and events were canceled and traditional activities were delayed.

“People coming out to see us this year are so happy,” Reindhardt said. “The people are grateful to just be able to come out and enjoy some live music and good food.”

Recently, Castle Rock hosted the annual Western Heritage Welcome, which celebrates the town’s history, that includes driving cattle down Perry Street. Leading up to the event, Reindhardt said she expected the weekend’s celebration to be just as popular as the rest of the summer.

Reinhardt said some of the summer’s most popular events have been downtown with the annual summer concert series. Each year, the Amphitheter in Philip S. Miller Park books a variety of musicians to perform throughout the summer. Even though they are ticketed events, Reindhardt said they are continually selling out.

Some activities scheduled for the remainder of the summer in Castle Rock include:

Festival Park Farmers Market: The weekly event continues between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Sunday through September.

Reptiles under the Rock: Join Nature’s Educators for a one-hour presentation on Aug. 10, featuring some of the reptiles and amphibians that live in the area. They will bring up to six native reptiles to meet and learn about their habitats, diets, defenses, conservation and more. The all-ages event begins at 6 p.m. at the Amphitheater in Philip S. Miller Park.

Concert under the Lights: The concert and dance will be held at Festival Park, starting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 13.

Reece’s Roundup: The 16th Annual Reece’s Roundup 5K, 10K and mile run will be held on Aug. 14, starting at 7 a.m. at Philip S. Miller Park.

Small Fry Field Day: On Aug. 17, residents can kick off fall programing with the Small Fry Field Day. The event is designed to introduce children ages one through five and their parents to the wide selection of programs the town offers for the school year.

19th Annual Taste of Douglas County: On Aug. 19, starting at 5 p.m. participants can enjoy a variety of food samplings from some of the area’s finest food establishments.

Daddy/Daughter Ball: On Aug. 20 fathers and daughters are invited to participate in the spring-themed ball, starting at 6 p.m. at Philip S. Miller Park.

Touch-A-Truck: On Aug. 21, the Castle Rock Police Department will host the 5th Annual Touch-A-Truck event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Participants can get up close and personal with police cars, firetrucks, helicopters and more.

For information on all Castle Rock events, visit the website at crgov.com/calendar.aspx.

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