Autumn Gold Celebrates Fall Season In Estes Park
Beer, brats and bands. It’s time for Autumn Gold, Sunrise Rotary’s fall celebration held September 26th and 27th in the mountain community of Estes Park.
Now in its 17th year, this Rotary fundraiser features cold beer, soft drinks, bratwursts, hot dogs and live music from talented local and Front Range bands. The festival takes place in tree-shaded Bond Park in downtown Estes Park.
The highlight of Autumn Gold is the popular reverse raffle, which features more than 100 valuable prizes, including several travel packages. The last ticket chosen on Sunday afternoon wins the grand prize of $5,000. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from any Sunrise Rotary club member, or can be obtained at the festival before the drawing begins on Sunday.
All proceeds go to benefit vocational scholarships and grants to deserving area youth. This year the Sunrise Rotary Foundation awarded 10 scholarships for more than $10,000 to Estes Valley high school students.
Entertainment varies from jazz to rock ‘n roll to country music. A lineup of the featured artists follows:
Saturday, September 26
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 and Kathy Fitch
The husband-wife duo specialize in original acoustic folk, family and Western music. They perform at fairs, concerts, parades, school programs and at Western music festivals throughout the United States. They are known for their harmony while performing folk music and songs written about the places they have traveled.
3 p.m.-Wendy Woo
Named one of the top performers in the Denver area, Woo entertains with rockin’ good fun using her acoustic guitar. With 8 recordings credited to her name, Woo has written and collaborated with many Colorado area musicians and she’s taught songwriting, guitar and music business at the University of Colorado, Naropa University, Swallow Hill in Denver as well as privately for the last 10 years.
Sunday, September 27
11 a.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.
1 p.m.-17th St. Allstars
The 17th Avenue Allstars have been recognized as one of the bright stars of contemporary a cappella, since their beginnings in Denver over a decade ago. The Allstars are three-time Western Regional A Cappella Winners and achieved top honors in 1993 as National A Cappella Champions at the Harmony Sweepstakes, the “super bowl” of a cappella competition. The group’s soulful renditions of popular music cover a wide variety of musical styles and span five decades of hits.
3 p.m-Tom Allen Band
Closing out the afternoon of entertainment will be the Tom Allen Band, known for its rollicking sounds as the group provides lively old-fashioned German polka music.
The fun begins at 11 a.m. each day and continues until 5 p.m. Enjoy terrific music, unbeatable food, and take a chance on winning the $5,000 grand prize while contributing to the future of the youth in Estes Park.
For more information, contact the Estes Park Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-443-7837 or 970-577-9900.