I could see the large crowd before I entered the 16th street mall in civic center park, downtown. Even in the sweltering heat, I could feel the energy and see the excitement on their faces.
I could see the large crowd before I entered the 16th street mall in civic center park, downtown. Even in the sweltering heat, I could feel the energy and see the excitement on their faces. Every year, sponsors from different companies sponsor A Taste of Colorado Festival during labor day weekend. The event has music, dancing, games, and all sorts of prizes. Admission is free to enter, however, you have to purchase tickets (10 for $15.00) to play games, and buy food. Each company advertises their product and offers certain items.
Throughout the crowded maze, small shops were set up on the side of streets to provide refreshments and food. Some prizes were played for cars, bags, newspapers, and money. The other prizes needed tickets to play for stuffed animals, jerseys, and more. Many rides were open to the festival, such as, the Carousal, Pirates, and the Twister. The average cost of each ride cost about six tickets per person at a minimum height and age.
The refreshments and food shops were located further up the street. For about three tickets each, you can get a small taste beverage and/or small taste food. For instance, some of the restaurants were Little India, Cici's Pizza, Colorado Corn Company, Gigi's Cupcakes, and Rocky Mountain Nut Roasters. Some of the beverages included Coffee, Soft Drinks, and Teas and Juice. They are perfect for a snack and a real bargain!
Marketplace booths were followed by their booth numbers. Fine art in the park booths were numbered 301-316. The categories for the marketplace booths were body art, clothing & accessories, fine art/framed artwork, home & gifts, jewelry, outdoor & sports, sunglasses, and home & lifestyles. Some booths were split off into different sections, such as, Henna body art, African art, collectables, and bangles.
All over, there were many different cultures and religions that were involved in the marketplace, beverages, food, prizes, and rides. A Taste of Colorado is a wonderful experience and should be seen at least once. All ages will enjoy the variety of items, rides, and food to the nearest possible extent. Be sure to take a ride on the wild side next year!