Taste of South Routt celebration this year will be bigger than '99

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— Organizers of Taste of South Routt are counting down the days until the annual celebration June 24.

"We're set to go pretty much," Taste of South Routt Committee chairman Dave Bonfiglio.

To ensure that everything goes smoothly, town officials have added another circuit with more outlets that vendors can plug in to, Oak Creek Public Works Director Chuck Wisecup said.

"We were having some problems with blowing the circuit-breakers (last year) because we were draining too much power," Bonfiglio said.

Wisecup hopes that adding the circuit will solve the problem.

This year's festival will be bigger than last, with a larger beer garden and a few more booths.

So far, around 15 vendors and restaurants are signed up and more could come aboard before the day of the event, Bonfiglio said.

The local band, Worried Men, will play music from country and rock to even heavy metal for the younger crowd during part of the festival.

"Hopefully the weather will cooperate," Bonfiglio said.

The event was organized to give residents in all of Routt County a chance to see what south Routt restaurants and merchant shops have to offer. In addition, there will be games and activities for children at the Little Friends Day Care and Pre School booth.

But Taste of South Routt also is meant as a community event for south Routt residents; a place where people in other areas can go and experience what a small-town, festival atmosphere is like.

"It's a great chance to have some old-fashioned community fun," Bonfiglio said.

Scott Church, co-owner of Pisa's Pizza and Pasta in Oak Creek, said he welcomes the event.

"I wish we had more of them," he said. "It brings a lot of people from Steamboat down here and lets people know we're out here."

Along with its rural flare, south Routt has a lot to contribute to the rest of the county, he said.

"There's a number of great restaurants down here and lots of people don't know about them," he said.

The event begins at noon on June 24 and ends at 8 p.m. Worried Men will play from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

"We can always use volunteers to set up and tear down," Bonfiglio said.

To help, contact Bonfiglio at Bonfiglio drug, 736-2377.

To reach Doug Crowl call 871-4206 or e-mail dcrowl@amigo.net

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