Area residents get a 'Taste of South Routt'

Third annual event proves to be a bigger draw than ever


— What do you get when you mix trout patbarbecue sandwiches, pizza and corn on the cob with a beer garden, a wall of water, David Moran singing folk songs, a bunch of South Routt locals and a hot summer day?

The third annual Taste of South Routt Food Festival in Oak Creek, which was held Saturday in Decker Park, and organizers say it received the most patronage ever.

This year's event featured more things for children to do, which was organizer David Bonfiglio's goal.

"The wall of water was real popular with the kids," he said.

An Oak Creek Fire District fire truck shot water 30 feet in the air and waiting children, some dressed in soaked blue jeans, stood underneath to get drenched.

The Sweetland family had their miniature horses out for the petting zoo and a booth was set up with various games for children younger than 5.

"Honestly, it's been such a fun day. They did a great job of organizing it," said Tina Bird, owner of the Mug Shot coffee shop in Oak Creek.

She sold all of her baked cookies and plenty of iced coffee.

There were numerous new events at the food festival this year, including a volleyball tournament, a horseshoe tournament, a dunking booth, tours of historical mine sites in South Routt and a vintage auto show of about 15 cars.

Ron Scionka, from Colorado Rollin Rods auto club in the Denver area, brought his sweet blue 1946 Ford with painted flames to display at the car show.

"It's been great. The weather is good, it's been great food and the people are friendly. Just the way it should be," he said.

Bonfiglio estimated that more than 500 people made their way to Decker Park for the event.

"We 'guesstimated' 350 last year, so it's definitely growing," he said.

"Everyone looked like they were pretty busy."

Local musician Dave Moran played a few sets of songs on stage and then sat with a group of locals when the crowd thinned out to perform a few of their favorites.

But don't forget the food. Eight food venders dished out a variety barbecued sandwiches, corn on the cob, pizza, and snow cones. There was even some top shelf food items thanks to the Antlers Cafe's steamed mussels and trout pate'.

"Everyone was have so much fun this year," said Virginia Paxton, an owner of Spiro's Tradin Post, which was serving up grilled corn on the cob. "It was just cool. Everyone seem to have a good attitude."

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