MEEKER I The Meeker Arts and Culture Council (MACC) is hosting the third annual Meekerpalooza Arts and Music Festival on Saturday in Meeker’s Ute Park.
Meekerpalooza is a family fun event that will showcase all aspects of dance, music, visual and culinary arts. Events include live music performances, workshops, an interactive kid art zone, an arts and crafts fair, a beer garden and “A Taste of Meeker.”
There is a lot of local talent in Meeker, and Meekerpalooza is the event to bring it all together in one place for the enjoyment of everybody.
This event is brought to Meeker by the Meeker Arts and Culture Council and is funded by donations only. Donations are appreciated to help fund this year and future events. The event is run by volunteers, who enhance local and visitors’ lives by bringing art and culture to Meeker. Visit www.meekerpalooza.com for all of the event details and schedule.
MACC appreciates all its donors and sponsors and the cooperation of the Town of Meeker, the police and the fire department in making this event possible.
Donors include: the ERBM Recreation and Park District; White River Electric Association Inc.; Meeker Sand and Gravel; R & T Oilfield Services; Redi Services; Meeker General Mercantile; Palisade Brewery; and Overton Recycling.
The fee is $5 for adults, and there is no charge for children under 10 or adults over 65 years. Beer and food will be available for additional costs.
The opening ceremony will take place at noon in Ute Park with the Color Guard presentation by Meeker VFW Post No. 5843 and the VFW Post Ladies Auxiliary No. 5843. The National Anthem will be sung by Leah Pool.
Beginning at 10:30 a.m. is the ERBM Recreation and Parks District’s Road Rash ‘n’ Splash Triathlon. It begins at the Rec Center Pool and ends at Ute Park at approximately 12:30 p.m. with the awards presentation.
“A Taste of Meeker” is held at Ute Park and runs from noon to 6 p.m.
Participants include: Cotton Candy by Sibling Sweets; Shaved Ice by Yellow Snowman; Wendll’s Wondrous Weiner Wagon; Smokin’ 101 BBQ; Scott Creecy; Esperanza’s Tacos; and water and beverages by the middle school students raising money for the class trip to Washington, D.C.
The beer garden will run from noon to 8 p.m.
Participants include: Palisade Brewery with a variety of their specially crafted beers; Bud/Bud Light; and Coors.
The art walk takes place from noon to 6 p.m., and vendors will display their original art.
From 1 to 4 p.m., the Kids’ Art Zone will be busy, featuring: a Giant Jenga Game; an Obstacle Course in which you test your jumping and crawling skills for a hacky-sack prize; Paint Rocks, in which you create a pet rock with your own design; Paint the Fence, where you add your mark to the mural on the fence; a Fairy House Workshop, where you create fairy houses and furniture using natural materials; Fairy Dust Bottles, in which you pick your favorite color and fill fairy bottles full of magic fairy dust; Make Bookmarks, where you use crafts to make your own bookmark; an 18-foot Teepee Lounge, where you relax in a real teepee with books and Legos; and a play area with hula hoops and hacky sacks.
From 1 to 5 p.m. is the Giant Jenga Competition using an oversized version of the popular game. Enter the Jenga Madness as an individual or couple and win a prize.
From noon to 10 p.m., a number of bands will provide live music.
Noon to 1:30 p.m., Clover Loafers (local band features Dave Main and Mary Kay Krueger.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Los Venados (local Mariachi band with guitars and accordion).
2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Casserole Beans (local band of Brett Smithers, Jon Whitehead and Aaron Grimes).
3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Matt Holliday & Friends (local Matt Holliday with world renown musician Andy Irvine).
5 to 6:30 p.m., Hog MaGundy from Fort Collins. (Through a shared passion to create high-energy string music with plenty of improvisation, the group brings a new kind of foot-stomping sound.)
6:45 to 8:15 p.m., Brian Jordan (He has his own brand of rock-infused groove music. Brian has shared the stage and played with many notables such as James Brown, Dave Mathews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Fred Wesley, Bernie Worrell, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bob Weir and many more world-class musicians.)
8:30 to 10 p.m., Great American Taxi (a five-piece traveling rock n’ roll band whose music covers a wide swath of Americana, jam-band and traditional roots landscape)
10 p.m., fireworks display by the Meeker Fire Department at Ute Park.
For questions and info contact Vanessa Trout 312-420-5918.
The mission of MACC is to inspire and educate artists and the community through promotion, advocacy and enhancement of cultural and artistic efforts. It is a non-profit group striving to provide a positive economic, cultural and educational impact in Meeker.