Planning coming along on Fourth festival

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By Ben Wiebesiek

FORT LUPTON — Logistics, schedules, pricing – these are just a few of the tasks in front of the planning group for the city’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Festival this year.

And the group comprises a diverse blend of representatives from Fort Lupton’s residents, business community, city government and local law enforcement.


Mona Sandoval, an organizer for the event, said plans are coming together nicely for the all-day event taking place on the grounds of the Recreation Center, Friday the 4th.  

“We have already received sponsorships from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, A&W Water Services Inc., United Power, and Halliburton for our inaugural Festival,” the planning committee announced in a press release.

“An enthusiastic group has come together to plan an event that will celebrate our nation’s birth, honor our Veterans and celebrate our own community with family and friends,” Sandoval said.

Mona Sandoval reported that all the booths for the festival will be open to non-profit organizations that benefit the quality of life in our Fort Lupton community.  

“We have numerous groups searching for ways to generate funds for their worthwhile efforts and thought this would be a great opportunity to participate in the festive celebration,” Sandoval said.

The American Legion will have a booth where you can drop-off your damaged U.S. flags for proper disposal.

“A small flag will be given in return,” said Commander Bruce Taylor. 

“The Ladies Auxiliary of the Legion is the first to sign up for booth space and will feature root beer floats and popcorn. Other booth ideas are cotton candy, baked items, corn on the cob, water or a creative, pre-approved idea that your group may have,” Sandoval said.  

The booth fee is $15, and the non-profit groups are asked to supply their own tables, chairs, display equipment, generators for power (if needed) and any overhead covering for a 12-by-12-foot booth space.  

The booths are planned for the north lawn of the Fort Lupton Recreation Center in order to be highly visible from State Highway 52.

The Rec Center will be the site for the majority of events planned for this year’s Independence Day, including a beer and wine garden allowing visitors over the age of 21 to enjoy adult beverages without alcohol entering the main area of the celebration.

The one detour from the Rec Center site will be guided tours of Fort Lupton’s historic sites.

“We’re going to be shuttling people from the Rec Center to the historic park and fort,” Sandoval said.

The Booth Application can be accessed at www.fortlupton.org, or contact Mona Sandoval at 720-466-6100, #129.