Bark in the Park, Field of Drinks will come to Fountain
Last updated 4/6/2022 at 9:33am | View PDF
Two new events – one geared toward dog lovers, the other for beer connoisseurs – are coming to Fountain this summer.
Bark in the Park is planned for June 4, and Field of Drinks Brew Fest on July 2 will kick off Independence Day weekend.
The City Council recently approved a park permit and in-kind city sponsorship for Field of Drinks. City Clerk Silvia Huffman explained that the citizen and city employee-led Fountain UP events committee is partnering with the local brewery, Peaks N Pines, to host this event. In-kind contributions by the city over $500 require council approval. This pertains to city employees working the event or services provided by the city, like trash receptables and such.
Teresa Vieira, co-owner and general manager of Peaks N Pines, said a brew fest is an opportunity to bring folks from all over to participate in a festival in which they get to taste a variety of beers.
"We have right now 20 breweries ... that are interested in attending," she said. "We serve in little 2-ounce servings so they can taste a variety of all the 20 breweries. And we are thinking of having live music and lots of food trucks and just making it a fun outdoor daytime event."
Vieira noted there are several of these events in the Colorado Springs area. It's common for nonprofits to hold these because it allows them to make a good amount of money. This event is being coordinated by the breweries themselves. But, hopefully, through the partnership with Fountain UP this event will be able to put money back into the city – particularly Fountain UP for its future events – and give Fountain good visibility.
The event will be held from noon-4 p.m. in Metcalfe Park's large baseball field to ensure containment and control of the alcohol. Port-o-lets will be provided, and re-entry is not allowed. One entry and exit point to ensure IDs are checked and wrist bands provided.
Peaks N Pines will obtain the necessary state permissions through its brewery license. Security personnel and volunteers will be on hand to control admittance into the event and distribution of beer. It's for 21 and up only.
"By doing it during the day it helps keep that party atmosphere a little less 'party,'" she said with a laugh.
Designated drivers will receive free nonalcoholic drinks provided by Fountain UP. Multiple water stations will be available for all patrons along with tents for shade.
Dog lovers unite
A second event organized by Fountain UP receiving council approval is Bark in the Park. Set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 4 at the Metcalfe Dog Park, this event aims to raise money to purchase a new K-9 for the Fountain Police Department. The estimated cost for the puppy, training and gear is $13,000. Donors contributing a certain minimum amount will be involved in the dog's naming. Organizers say they're holding this in memory of Fountain K-9 Rush, who passed away in January.
Bark in the Park will be for dog owners to bring their furry friends to connect with other residents, as well as companies and organizations of interest to animal lovers. The event will include a Fun Run with the dogs, police K-9 demonstrations, vendors for animal care (health, grooming, boarding and adoption), food trucks, adoptable rescue animals, and various fun contests.
The Fun Run will begin at 11 a.m. and is $20 for a family of four. Participants will receive a bandana for their pooch, and a dog nose for the humans to wear.
Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bark-in-the-park-fun-runwalk-tickets-295507128777?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb
These events follow Fountain UP's two successful inaugural events in late 2021: Nightmare on Main Street Dance the day before Halloween, and Miracle on Main Street holiday shopping for children in December.