People visit artists during the Yampa River Art Stroll as part of the All Arts Festival on Yampa Street in 2012. Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett recently announced the group is planning monthly festivals along the street throughout summer. The first event is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. June 23 between Sixth and Eighth streets.

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People visit artists during the Yampa River Art Stroll as part of the All Arts Festival on Yampa Street in 2012. Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett recently announced the group is planning monthly festivals along the street throughout summer. The first event is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. June 23 between Sixth and Eighth streets.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs tests the water for Sunday festivals on Yampa Street

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Mainstreet Steamboat Springs will test the viability of Yampa Street as a venue for festivals this summer, hosting Sunday afternoon town parties that will provide a community gathering while encouraging Front Range visitors to linger until expected traffic jams clear on Interstate 70.

“By staying in Steamboat until later in the day, they can miss the traffic hassle in the midafternoon on I-70, especially with the construction being done at the Twin Tunnels,” Mainstreet Manager Tracy Barnett wrote in a newsletter this week.

Denver-bound traffic is being routed this summer on a detour near Idaho Springs while traffic lanes on the interstate are widened.

Barnett wrote that the first monthly party will take place from noon to 3 p.m. June 23 between Sixth and Eighth streets on Yampa.

She added that there will be live music, a beer garden and a theme for each month. The June party will offer sand piles and small water pools for children, volleyball, street games and reggae music.

Yampa Street previously has been the scene of art strolls, featuring live music and booths by visual artists, during the All Arts Festival from 2009 to 2011.

Mainstreet is seeking sponsors for each event this summer. Those who are interested can call Barnett at 970-846-1800.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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