If you go
What: Taste of South Routt
When: Noon to 6 p.m. today
Where: Decker Park, Oak Creek
Cost: Admission is $1 for adults; children younger than 6 are free.
Steamboat Springs Take an umbrella. Take a lawn chair. And take swimsuits.
No matter what the weather is like during today's Taste of South Routt event, organizer Dave Moran said it's still going to happen, with all the fun, music and food that have become a South Routt staple.
"It's a little rainy, but that doesn't scare us," he said Friday as he prepared to set up the event, held today from noon to 6 p.m. at Decker Park in Oak Creek. "Come hell or high water, we'll have a good time no matter what."
The admission for the event is $1, with children younger than 6 admitted free. Moran said that the donation also will earn attendees a chance at one of hundreds of prizes.
The entertainment - all South Routt County performers - will be protected under a pavilion, Moran said, in a faster format than in previous years. With Deb Lenhart, Myri Jean, Tim Julian, Becky & Tracey and the Green Ridge Ramblers taking turns on the stage, Moran said each performer will sing three or four songs before switching out, in the hopes that attendees will be able to see everybody perform.
Karen Tussey, the secretary of the South Routt Economic Development Council, said the event drew more than 800 adults and an untold number of children to the park last year.
"We get people from all over South Routt. We get people from Hayden and Craig and Steamboat," she said.
The proceeds for 35 items up for silent auction - including as many as 18 holes of golf for a foursome at Catamount Ranch & Club, valued at $800 retail - will go to the council. Part of that money will be used for an annual scholarship given to a senior at Soroco High School.
If the weather does hold out for the event, Tussey said, the "famous wall of water" also is bound to be a hit with younger children.
Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup said the "wall of water" is a special firefighting tool used to protect buildings from nearby fires, but it is also a popular draw for children when it is used as a sprinkler that shoots 30 to 40 feet high.
"We can surprise them. We can turn it way down, and they'll be out there playing; then we can turn it up," he joked.
Even if the weather doesn't cooperate, Moran said, the flexible nature of the festival ensures it will be fun.
"We're just going to try to wing it, see how it goes with the weather," he said. "We just kind of go with the flow for the afternoon, and it seems to work out real well that way."