Boulder Creek Hometown Festival returns with zucchini races, live music, classic car show

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival celebrates its 23rd year from Friday to Sunday and promises live entertainment, lots of fundraising and wholesome fun for the whole family.

Thomas Vortage, left, Peter Vortage and Katherine Aidala find a song for their zucchini racer for the Great Zucchini Race at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival on September 4, 2021. The Boulder Creek Hometown Festival returns to Central Park from Friday to Sunday. (Cliff Grassmick/staff photographer)

“I love that it’s the community’s own event, their homecoming,” said Meg Denbow, associate director of Boulder Creek Events. “There is something for everyone, both young and young at heart. It is a village festival for the whole community.”

From zucchini races where kids play squash all summer with peeping eyes, wheels and pipe cleaners to an expansive beer garden and food court, Central Park’s offerings are endless.

“Over the years we have heard from many people in the community that they have missed the summer festivals and how happy they are to be able to go out again to dance, shop and just hang out with their friends. and neighbors again,” Denbow said. “We’ve been proudly serving the community for over 20 years, and one of the things we’re most proud of is really listening to their feedback.”

Wrenn Van and Ian Arras, of Wrenn & Ian Duo, will perform at the Mishawaka Amphitheater in June 2022. Wrenn & Ian Duo will perform with the full band Libelula at Boulder Creek Hometown Festival on Sunday at 1pm (Callie Ann Photography/Courtesy photo )
Wrenn Van and Ian Arras, of Wrenn & Ian Duo, will perform at Mishawaka Amphitheater in June 2022. Wrenn & Ian Duo, along with the full band Libelula, will perform at Boulder Creek Hometown Festival (Callie Ann Photography/Courtesy) Sunday at 1pm photo )

Music is always an important part of the mix and this year’s lineup features a variety of bands.

“It’s a joint effort between me and Luis Romero,” Denbow said. “I book the smaller, more local artists, and he book the bigger regional acts.”

Wrenn Van, a 16-year-old musician and soon-to-be junior at Lafayette’s Centaurus High School, will take to the Bandshell stage with Ian Arras at 1 p.m. Sunday.

“We are excited to play the Hometown Festival with our full six-piece band, Libelula,” said Van. “In our 90-minute set we will cover some well-known songs and also play some originals – some for the first time in public. With the full band, we describe our sound as funk, soul and groove.”

The Wrenn and Ian Duo continues to amaze audiences with well-built originals and exciting reinterpretations of classic covers. The two’s version of the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” is just one of the aural gems they’ve delivered to live performances.

“I’ve always been drawn to all kinds of music,” Van said. “KT Tunstall, Taylor Swift and Rihanna were some of my early influences. I started taking piano lessons, but became interested in guitar as I got older. Plus, guitars are easy to carry.”

Wrenn Van, of Wrenn & Ian Duo, will perform at the Mishawaka Amphitheater in June 2022. (Callie Ann Photography/Courtesy photo)
Wrenn Van, of Wrenn & Ian Duo, will perform at the Mishawaka Amphitheater in June 2022. (Callie Ann Photography/Courtesy photo)

Van continues to make new songs and is excited about the opportunity to release them on a potential EP this year.

“I enjoy playing with Ian and the band, but I’m also interested in exploring my possibilities as a solo artist,” said Van.

From singer-songwriters to art sellers and purveyors of locally made goods, the number of unique finds continues to be a definite draw at Boulder Creek Hometown Festival.

Among the booths this year, attendees will find the sweet offerings of Bjorn’s Colorado Honey – a family-owned business based in Boulder.

“We are thrilled to participate in the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival because it is a great event for the community,” said Lara Boudreaux, who runs Bjorn’s Colorado Honey with her beekeeper husband Pontus Jakobsson. “Hometown Fest provides an opportunity to connect with new students starting with both CU and Boulder County residents. It’s also a great way to introduce our brand to tourists and parents dropping their kids off at college in Colorado. It is a wonderful event and we are grateful to be a part of it.”

Bjorn's Colorado Honey's booth at Denver's Union Station in 2021. (Bjorn's Colorado Honey/Courtesy photo)
Bjorn’s Colorado Honey’s booth at Denver’s Union Station in 2021. (Bjorn’s Colorado Honey/Courtesy photo)

Featuring naturally flavored varieties like lavender and vanilla bean, Bjorn’s Colorado Honey changes the way people view the golden goodness.

In addition to stirring in cups of tea or adding to charcuterie boards as a seasoning, honey can be a great immune booster and anti-inflammatory, among other healthful properties.

“Our Propolis Honey was made by Torbjörn, father of our beekeeper Pontus, in Sweden, and it quickly became a hit,” said Boudreaux. “When Pontus (Jakobsson) moved to Colorado, he couldn’t resist whipping up his own party.”

The small batch creations are definitely different from the typical jars you would find on supermarket shelves.

“Propolis is made by bees from tree and plant resins and is known for its remarkable ability to help fight viruses, bacteria, microbes and fungi,” Boudreaux said. “It’s also a potent antihistamine, ideal for anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies.”

Pontus Jakobsson, owner and beekeeper at Bjorn's Colorado Honey, tends to the hives.  (Bjorn's Colorado Honey/Courtesy Photo)
Pontus Jakobsson, owner and beekeeper at Bjorn’s Colorado Honey, tends to the hives. (Bjorn’s Colorado Honey/Courtesy Photo)

Boudreaux continues to be inspired by the buzzing insects and, in addition to honey, continues to help make lotion, lip balm and even toothpaste from the nectar.

“Beekeeping is a great way to regularly interact with the environment,” says Boudreaux. “It’s worth visiting the beehives and seeing these amazing creatures in action. People can learn so much from their collaboration and teamwork.”

Since its inception, Boulder Creek Hometown Festival has always been focused on creating a platform for organizations committed to enriching the community and helping others.

“My favorite thing about producing festivals is that it gives us a platform to help others, including dozens of local nonprofits,” Denbow said.

More than 20% of the booths at Boulder Creek Hometown Festival feature non-profit organizations.

Bjorn's Colorado Honeycomb.  (Bjorn's Colorado Honey/Courtesy Photo)
Bjorn’s Colorado Honeycomb. (Bjorn’s Colorado Honey/Courtesy Photo)

“Non-profit organizations are never turned away from having a booth at the festival, as BCE waives the booth space costs for several groups who would otherwise not be able to afford space at the event,” Denbow said.

This year marks a milestone for the Law Enforcement Torch Run StarLight Classic Car Show, another beloved part of Boulder Creek Hometown Festival, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Sunday.

“As the 10-year anniversary, our goal is to raise the highest amount of donations for Special Olympics,” said Dave Seper, a recently retired Boulder Police sergeant. “We will also honor the 10 King Soopers victims, including BPD officer Eric Talley and Boulder Special Olympics athlete Teri Leiker.”

Seper expects more than 100 vehicles and motorcycles to be part of the show this year. From old-school Ford Thunderbirds and Pontiacs to retro Harleys and impeccably restored vintage police cars, the number of beauties on display on display is sure to exceed expectations.

With the efforts of Law Enforcement Torch Run, Boulder Creek Events has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Special Olympics Colorado over the past 10 years. Seper hopes to raise more than $8,000 this weekend.

Pascal Pezzillo, left, 15, and Theo Chasnow, 15, look at an information book displayed with a 1957 Chevrolet at the ninth annual LETR StarLite Classic Car & Motorcycle Show.  The show was held Sunday at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival in downtown Boulder.  (Amy Bounds/Staff Writer)
Pascal Pezzillo, left, 15, and Theo Chasnow, 15, look at an information book displayed with a 1957 Chevrolet at the Ninth Annual LETR StarLite Classic Car & Motorcycle Show in 2021. (Amy Bounds/Staff Writer)

“It’s always an honor to be a part of the Inclusion Revolution for People with Learning Disabilities and the Colorado Special Olympics,” Seper said.

Special Olympics Colorado currently offers more than 100 programs, in 22 different sports, to more than 14,000 athletes statewide.

Judging for the auto show starts at 11 am and the prizes in 10 categories will be awarded at 3 pm

While Boulder Creek Hometown Festival won’t take place over Labor Day weekend like in previous years, visitors can still expect a large-scale event with plenty of opportunities to get together and give back.

“If you’re looking for some cost-effective fun in Boulder, we’ve got you covered,” Denbow said. “There will be free concerts at the bandshell, lots of freebies and giveaways, dozens of free samples at vendor booths, and some of the very best people watching all year round.”

*For more information, visit bceproductions.com/boulder-creek-hometown-festival.

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