Kremmling Days festival features plenty of live music |

Kremmling Days festival features plenty of live music

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Excitement is building for this year’s Kremmling Days with events and live music starting today and continuing throughout the weekend. This year’s theme is “Stop the World and Let Me Play.”

New events include the RipStoke Mountain Bike Stunt Show on Friday, a Loggers Rodeo Saturday afternoon, wagon rides through the town streets with Sundance Stables Friday and Saturday, and KIDZone! Carnival with ladder challenge, bumper boats, The Scrambler, an Ultimate Tag arena, inflatable slides, pony rides, and a four-person bungee trampoline.

Staple sensations to return for the festival include the Friday night Fireman’s BBQ Rib Dinner and live music. On Saturday morning, patrons rise for the Kremmling Classic 10-mi., 5-mi., and 3-mi. fun run/walk; followed by the Community Parade down U.S. Highway 40 (featured guests are Grand Marshals David and Leslie Jones and this year’s Kremmling Days Royalty: Queen Kimberly Bumgarner and attendants Kelsey Frank and Amy Gray).

After the parade firemen hit the stage again with kid’s games in the park, or enjoy the Grand County Historical Association’s Heritage Park Museum tours and pie and coffee sale. For more extreme fun, sign up for the 8th Annual Cliff Golf Contest on the Kremmling Cliffs. Registration is open in the Town Square between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the competition starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Sunday kicks off with a Rotary Pancake Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., church service at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Square Park, and winds down with the Mud Race at the Middle Park Fairgrounds (970-724-9818 for race information). The weekend’s events also include Budweiser beer garden complementing the live music shows, good eats (grilled corn on the cob, corn dogs or funnel cakes and cold beverages), and there will be vendors in the park with crafts and toys for kids to enjoy such as airbrushed temporary tattoos and body art.

The three-day celebration also highlights a wide variety of free live music at the town square. The concert line-up tunes in with band Turn 4 (Damon Smith and Jeremy Grant on guitar and vocals, bassist Steve Opp, Woody Meyers on guitar, lap steel and vocals; and Paul Dechant on drums and some tambourine) playing country, Americana and rock during the BBQ at 6 to 8 p.m., and the danceable, hard-edged honky tonk country music of the 1960s and ’70s by band Whiskey Trip (Ben O’Connor on bass and vocals, Rachel Simring on vocals, Dave Shapiro on guitar and vocals, John Macy on pedal steel guitar, and drummer Damon Smith) 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the town square.

Local musician Jim Capik is the featured musician for the Grand Arts Council’s next Concert in the Park on Saturday. Capik, who has been performing for more than 25 years, is a singer and acoustic finger-style guitarist who also plays harmonica, bass, percussion and slide. His vast repertoire includes influences from classic rock, blues, jazz, bluegrass, Afro-Latin, Reggae, New Orleans and funk. He is set to play a variety of tunes noon to 2 p.m.

The Cedar Ridge Ramblers (local guys Bill and Nick Schade, Mike Crosby, Jim Hoyhtya, and maybe Pat Crosby) follow with a bluegrass performance 3 to 5 p.m. Local resident Mike Music and Friends play country with a southern-rock flavor 5:30 to 8 p.m. and the Colorado blues funk jam of the evening’s headliner, the Johnny O Band (John Ohnmacht on guitar, Marion Edwards on drums, and Ian Anderson on bass) 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

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