'Taste of South Routt' is serving up Saturday

Organizers hope people work up a hunger after garage-sale marathon

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— The first thing that should come to mind when Routt County residents think of the Taste of South Routt food festival this year is garage sales.

Residents in Oak Creek have coordinated 20 different garage sales Saturday morning before the festival.

"So come down early," Oak Creek Town Manager Ray Leibensperger said.

Garage sale hosts will open for business around 8 a.m. Leibensperger said he hopes people will come to the sales first and then stay for lunch at the Taste of South Routt, which starts at noon in Decker Park.

The third annual Taste of South Routt food festival will be the largest ever with a vintage car show, a small children's carnival, square dancing and live music, event organizer David Bonfiglio said. This year's food festival will have eight food venders and a variety of other vendor and informational booths.

"It's pretty nice," said Scott Church, owner of the Pisa's Pizza and Pasta, who will serve pizzas, cheese sticks and sandwiches. "It's kind of a small, country get-together."

There are many new events at the food festival this year, including a vintage auto show of about 10 to 15 cars, a volleyball tournament, a horseshoe tournament, a dunking booth and tours of historical mine sites in South Routt. Like the two previous events, there will be lots of food and music and a beer garden. Plus, the Oak Creek Fire District is setting up a water station to cool people.

"We're fencing all of (Decker Park) this year, so people can have a beer and walk around to all the booths," Bonfiglio said.

The food festival is an opportunity for South Routt restaurants and businesses to display what they have to offer and introduce the northern regions of the county to some South Routt hospitality.

Local guitar player and singer David Moran will take the stage at the festival, dedicating one set to singing music for children.

"I'm excited," said Leibensperger, who will attend the event for the first time. "I don't think I'll sleep all weekend."

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