Winter Park hosts Battle of the Bands and Boards |

Winter Park hosts Battle of the Bands and Boards

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

Rides and riffs will be the order of the day Saturday as The High Altitude Battle of Bands and Boards takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 at Hideaway Park in Winter Park.This event for the whole family features a free skate competition, live music, food, fun and giveaways. Throughout the day, two contests will be held for the Battle of the Bands and the Battle of Skateboards.The Battle of the Bands is a contest in which six Colorado teenage bands from Summit, Grand and Boulder counties will play a range of different styles of music including Rock, Blues, Indie and Alternative, competing for the title of “Best Band Above 9,000 Feet” and “Most Promising Vocalist, Guitarist, Drummer and Bassist”.Each band will perform for 30 minutes. The winners will be determined by a panel of local judges and will be judged on overall performance, stage presence, musical ability and appearance. The winner will receive a cash prize in addition to bragging rights and recognition plaques threat will be presented to individuals chosen as “Most Promising.”The Headliner for the Battle of the Bands comes all the way from Colorado Springs – Young Austin and No Difference. The band will dazzle the crowd with an amazing performance with special guest drummer John Carey. John is a member of Blue Star Connection, a Grand County Blues Society program that acquires instruments for kids battling illnesses. Beaver Village Condos have provided John’s family with a condo for the weekend. In between each battler, the audience can turn its attention to the skate park to check out the Battle of Boards. Each skater will be riding in different age groups. Age groups are: 3-8 yr olds, 9-12 yr olds, 13-16 yr olds and 17-26 yr olds. Skaters will be judged on their capability and style. Helmets and a parent’s signature are required. Skaters can pre- register at the Winter Park Visitor Center or at the Hideaway Skate Park from 9-10:15 a.m. the day of the event.During the battles, people enjoy ice cream from Rudi’s Ice Cream cart and munch on tasty hot dogs, which are top quality and donated by Enid Strong of the GCBS. Proceeds from the hot dogs will go to the Grand County Blues Society’s Blues In The Schools program.Great free swag from Sky-Hi Daily News, Battle of the Boards & Bands T-shirts will be given out while supplies last.This event is sponsored by the Winter Park Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Town of Winter Park, O2 Creative, Powder Tools, Grand Sports, The Fraser Valley Recreation District, The Grand County Blues Society and Sky-Hi Daily News. For more information on the event, contact the Winter Park Visitor Center at 726-4118 or visit