Fountain Fall Festival to include parade, dinner/dance, breakfast
Last updated 9/2/2021 at 9:48am
One of Fountain's biggest and most popular events is back after last year's cancellation due to COVID-19. The 51st annual Fountain Fall Festival and Parade, will take place Sunday and Monday, Sept. 5-6. Organized by the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, this event brings local organizations together to celebrate what makes Fountain Valley unique. Chamber President James Flowers described how glad he was to have this festival after such a hard year.
"It feels so good, we're just excited and energized to bring the fall festival back to the community," he said. "It actually became a big question at the beginning of 2021. People kept asking 'Are you going to have the fall festival?' The community really wanted to make it happen."
Flowers recognized that many people are concerned about health regulations, and assured readers that proper steps will be taken.
"We will have sanitary stations, we will have hand wipes and we do encourage people to just be cautious," he said. "Wear your mask, keep your distance, and most importantly, make sure your hygiene is good. If you use the restroom or are eating food or anything, just wash your hands consistently."
The festivities will begin Sunday morning with a Tractor Pull contest at John Metcalfe Park (704 E. Ohio Ave.). The weigh-in will be 8-10 a.m. and the pull will start 11 a.m.
Separately, the VFW Post 6461 will have its pancake breakfast from 9-noon on Sunday. It's at 753 S. Santa Fe. Ave. in Fountain.
On Sunday evening, the Fountain Fire Department's Dinner and Dance will be at Fountain Fire Station #1 (811 N. Santa Fe Ave.). The adult dinner (for ages 10 and over) costs $8 for a barbecue sandwich, potato salad, beans, bag of chips and a drink. A children's meal is $5. The dinner will be 5-7 p.m., and the dance 7-9.
On Monday, the Fountain-Fort Carson High School JROTC Pancake Breakfast will take place at Aragon Elementary School (221 S. Main St.), 7-9 a.m. Tickets for the breakfast (which can be bought ahead of time or at the door) cost $5, which will go to JROTC funds.
The Labor Day Parade will start 10 a.m. at the corner of Hanover Street and N. Main Street. It will proceed south along N. Main Street, turn east onto E. Ohio Avenue and go toward Metcalfe Park, where the Fall Festival will occur 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Some of the parade's larger floats will turn onto Fountain Mesa Road afte rinstead of going to Metcalfe Park; residents who want to see all the floats should go to the parade's main route along N. Main St. and Ohio Ave. As of press time, there are over 40 entries for the parade.
"We're hoping that it's going to be outstanding," Flowers said. "We're looking to have great connections with the community – we're looking to have 10 food vendors there, I believe we'll have 40-plus crafters and local businesses as well. It's going to be a big turn-out, more than people think it will be, and we're just going to run with it."
Over 60 vendors registered for the festival, including El Paso County Colorado Progressive Veterans, The Colorado Trust, Paparazzi Accessories, Valley Christian Academy, the El Paso County Democratic Party, Renewal by Andersen, the Fountain Valley Republican Party, Valley Christian Academy, Navy Federal Credit Union, U.S. House of Representatives-Doug Lamborn, and Women's Army Corp Veterans Association. Food vendors will include Biggi's Little Bavaria, E&J Smoke Shack, Funky Monkey Snoballs & Snacks, Joe Mac's, Stan's Place Funnel Cakes and More, Pho.com, Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, Island Style Co. and Mexican Tamales. Local farmers will also have produce to sell.
Since this year's festival theme is "Dancing Through the Decades," there will be music at Metcalfe Park's gazebo, sponsored by Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust. Denver-based band Mid-Life Crisis will perform classic rock, with local DJ Shield providing entertainment in between sets.
There will also be a dunk tank at Metcalfe, giving people a chance to express their civic pride by dunking officials.
"The dunk tank is going to be utilized by the president of the chamber, the chief of the police department, the chief of the fire department, and we may also have several education and city officials who will be dunked as well," Flowers said.
Find out more at fountainvalleychamber.com/fall-festival--parade.html, or contact the chamber at 719-382-3190 or [email protected]