Parrotheads to flock to Elkhead for weekend luau
Group welcomes community for free get-together at reservoir
The warm weather only lasts so long in Moffat County, and one local group wants to help everyone soak up the sun as often as they can.
Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads’ fifth annual Luau at the Lake takes place Saturday at Elkhead Reservoir, a free event to turn one of the area’s favorite water recreation spots into a temporary tropical oasis.’ fifth annual Luau at the Lake takes place Saturday at Elkhead Reservoir, a free event to turn one of the area’s favorite water recreation spots into a temporary tropical oasis.
The day begins at 10 a.m. with boat rides and paddleboard races, followed by games like cornhole, horseshoes, hula hooping, limbo, music and more around noon, while food is served up at 3 p.m. Among the items on the menu are Hawaiian pork and, new this year, freshly fried catfish.
Among the rules for the event: no glass containers and no dogs. Also, day passes for the reservoir are required for all cars.
“People should carpool, it’s more fun that way,” said organizer Dory Brown. “There’s no other admission, we just want everybody to come out and have a good time.”
The luau serves as both a fun community gathering and a way to introduce people to the Parrotheads — part of a larger collective of fans of Jimmy Buffett following the credo “party with a purpose” — who, within the area, count river and highway clean-up and local scholarships among their outreach objectives, in addition to activities throughout the year, such as Art’n the Park’n Lot in mid-September.
Dave Pike, a former officer and current member for the group, said he regrets being unable to attend the luau this weekend due to being out of town, given the event’s ability to capture the essence of breezy island fun.
“It’s just a good time to get together for the summer. Summers are short here, and you’ve got to take advantage of them,” he said.
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