Bluegrass music, classic cars and art were just the beginning of the fun at Ridgefest, an annual festival held in Wheat Ridge Sept. 7. “It’s really about bringing the community together,” said …
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Bluegrass music, classic cars and art were just the beginning of the fun at Ridgefest, an annual festival held in Wheat Ridge Sept. 7.
“It’s really about bringing the community together,” said Ashley Holland, of Localworks, the nonprofit that organizes the event.
The event, held in the heart of the Ridge at 38 district, is a free, all-ages opportunity for the community to celebrate the local heritage, highlighting the unique character and culture of Wheat Ridge. The goal is to satisfy enthusiasts of all kinds through diverse offerings like a classic car show, an artisan marketplace, a chalk art festival, live bluegrass music and ample kids’ activities.
“This really builds community,” said Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker. “A community that’s able to get together and socialize together is able to address a lot of the issues and common problems they have. A lot of times you focus on differences in the public arena, so this is an opportunity to get everybody on the same page, feeling good and showing we can play together and we can work together.”
Throughout the year, Localworks puts on a variety of events in Wheat Ridge. Still to come this year is Trunk or Treat scheduled for Oct. 26 and the Holiday Celebration scheduled for Dec. 7. Both events are free and family friendly.
Holland said Localworks welcomes volunteers year round as well as suggestions for future community gatherings.
For more information, visit wearelocalworks.org.
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