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Art’n the Park’n Lot set for Saturday

Third annual fundraising event tailored for families

Patrick Reck dances with his niece, Norah Nicole Loar, while Four 2 Play performs during last year’s Art ‘n the Park’n Lot. The third annual event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the parking lot of J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill on the corner of Tucker Street and East Victory Way.

If you go …

What: Third annual Art’n the Park’n Lot

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Parking lot of J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, corner of Tucker Street and East Victory Way

— The event, hosted by the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads, includes numerous local arts, crafts and food vendors, live music, family activities and a beer and margarita garden for adults. Money raised will go toward scholarships for local students. General admission is free. For more information, call Dory Brown at 824-8317.

In the song "Margaritaville," tropical rocker Jimmy Buffett sings of an island paradise where a cool beverage is always at hand.

While his Northwest Colorado fans may not be able to completely replicate the musician's vision of utopia and blended drinks, they can give it their best shot.

The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads will host the third annual Art'n the Park'n Lot on Saturday in the parking lot of J.W. Snack's Bar & Grill on the corner of Tucker Street and East Victory Way.

Parrotheads member and event chairwoman Dory Brown said the day-long affair will mix old favorites from past years, as well as new features.

"We'll be doing a hula hoop contest and a limbo contest for kids and adults," Brown said. "We might even have the Zumba Fitness girls come do a demonstration with the hula hoops. It all fits with our theme of having fun in a tropical setting."

Brown said the Parrotheads will also offer a new program for younger members in the crowd called Parakeet Corner.

"We'll be having games like 'Pin the Tail on the Parakeet' and 'Bobbing for Limes' and some other things," she said. "It'll give the kids something to do while their parents are checking out the other stuff we have."

More than a dozen local arts and crafts vendors will be set up throughout the day.

"They'll have tie-dye, jewelry, candles, and I know J.W. and Rhino's Deli will be selling stuff," she said. "What I really enjoy is the live music — it's just such a gift to the community. We'll have Tracey Hart's music students come out, some of the kids from the high school and John Husband and his band will be here, too."

Brown said the event's beer and margarita garden will give attendees of drinking age a taste of island style at the local level.

"Our tiki bar was homemade right here in town by Robin Herring and Danny Griffith," she said. "Our margarita recipe keeps getting better every year, too."

Brown said between 500 and 750 people attended last year's event.

"We'd love to see 1,000 people show up this year," she said. "We've been planning it for about three months."

Last year's Art'n the Park'n Lot raised enough money for the Parrotheads to award two $1,000 scholarships to local students.

Brown said the group hopes to raise that amount and then some this year, in order to get started on other projects.

The Parrotheads regularly provide trash pick-up along the Yampa River and have raised money for a boat ramp at Loudy-Simpson Park in recent years.

"We're talking about getting a ramp at Duffy Mountain, but we need to have further discussion on that before we make a decision," she said.

For now, Brown and the rest of the group are focused on hosting a lively celebration.

"Just come on out and have a good time with all of us," she said.

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