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19th Annual Autumn Gold Festival September 24 & 25

As the aspen turn golden in the mountains, Sunrise Valley Rotary celebrates the changing of the season with its 19th Annual Autumn Gold Festival September 24-25, 2011 in Estes Park’s tree-shaded Bond Park.

Enjoy a mustard-smothered bratwurst and a cold brew while listening to talented local musicians and award-winning Front Range bands. Vendors will also offer roasted corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted almonds and dessert.

Bring the kids. Free family activities include face painting, soap bubbles, corn bag toss, a bouncing room and rides in a fire engine and antique cars. The fun begins at 11 a.m. and it’s all free but for the food and beverages.

The highlight of Autumn Gold is the popular raffle, with the winner taking home the grand prize of $5,000. Additional prizes include a $2,500 runner-up prize and various other cash awards.

Raffle tickets are $25 each. Contact any Sunrise Rotary club member to purchase tickets, or buy them at the festival before the drawing begins on Sunday. All proceeds go to benefit vocational scholarships and various local and international projects.

The fun begins at 11 a.m. each day and continues until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Generous Cash Sponsorships Support Sunrise Valley Rotary’s Fundraiser

Autumn Gold wouldn’t be possible without more than $11,000 in cash sponsorships from Estes Park community businesses and individual Rotarians who just want to support the festival, said Tony Bielat, chair of Sunrise Rotary’s Fundraising Committee.

“So many individual Rotarians have become cash sponsors,” Bielat said. In addition, he said that the club has received more than $7,000 in In-Kind contributions from local businesses.

Platinum Sponsors ($1,000): Insurance Associates of Estes, Edward Jones Investments, The Stanley Hotel and McDonald’s Restaurant of Estes Park.

Gold Sponsors ($500): Estes Park Mortgages, Law Office of Joshua K. Westmoreland, Solitude Management, Lister Images, First National Bank, Xanterra and Penelope’s Old Time Hamburgers.

Silver Sponsors ($250): Bank of Colorado, Brownfields, Mountain Sage Consulting, Dr. Bob Alexander, DDS, Associated Real Estate Services, National Park Village, The Rocky Card, Estes Park Marketing, Estes Park Medical Center.

Bronze ($100): Ray and Cindy Leaycraft, Stephen Jackson CPA, Stein and Associates, CPA, PC, Richard and Diane Visintainer, Sandy and Jack Burns, Briggs Carpet, Darling Enterprise Homebuilders, iii Image Inhancement, Kind Coffee, Twisted Pine, Fur and Leather, Anderson Realty and Management, True Value and Radio Shack, Jeff Crona and Associates, CPA.

In-Kind Sponsors: Estes Park Trail-Gazette, Brad Fitch, Carlson Electric, Estes Park News, Estes Park Rent All, Ice of Estes Park, YMCA of the Rockies, Elk Hollow and Nick Molle, Channel 8.

Music Lineup

Entertainment varies from jazz to rock ‘n roll to country music. The music lineup follows:

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

11 a.m. Elk Hollow

Gary Reeves and Jack Overly of Elk Hollow have been performing together for more than 10 years. The two play a variety of songs from many eras in their own acoustic style that also includes American and Irish folk songs and original compositions.

1 p.m. Brad Fitch

Brad Fitch specializes in original acoustic folk, family and Western music, with John Denver songs a favorite. He performs folk music and songs written about the places he has traveled.

3 p.m. 17th Street All-Stars

Since beginning in Denver more than a decade ago, the 17th Avenue All-Stars have been recognized as one of the bright stars of contemporary a cappella. Three-time Western Regional A Cappella Winners, the All-Stars achieved top honors in 1993 as National A Cappella Champions at the Harmony Sweepstakes. The group’s soulful renditions of popular music cover a wide variety of musical styles and span five decades of hits.

5 p.m. The Dennis-Tobias Band

The Dennis-Tobias Band treats its audience to a mixture of dance, classic rock, folk, modern country, blues and original music with vivid three part harmonies. Return to the 60s, 70s and 80s with the Beatles, Heart, Tina Turner, Jefferson Airplane and the music from many other groups.

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2010

11 a.m. Taylor Marvin

Taylor Marvin’s mastery of the guitar is a surprise to new listeners as well as veteran players he shares the stage with. Taylor performs a wide range of styles including rock, country, classic, ska, fingerstyle and the blues.

1 p.m. Felonius Smith Trio

Drawing his inspiration from the songs and styles of artists like Tampa Red and Fred McDowell, Felonius Smith’s national slide and snappy finger picking guitar style transports one back some 80 years, relaxing on a river bank in southern Mississippi.

3 p.m. Dick Orleans

For more than 25 years, Dick Orleans has been singing and playing guitar at one of the many venues in Estes Park. In the late 1970s, Orleans traveled the country with his guitar playing as a solitary act and on tour with such folk legends as Glenn Yarbrough.

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