AVON — One month has passed since the second annual WinterWonderGrass Festival was held at Nottingham Park in Avon, and the organizers have called it a success. The event sold out all three days.
WinterWonderGrass Festival is a boutique outdoor winter music and beer festival highlighting bluegrass and acoustic roots music, as well as Colorado’s finest craft breweries and distillers. The event took place Feb. 21-23, and focused on sustainability and zero waste initiatives while featuring Colorado products exclusively.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The kids enjoyed face painting and hula hooping, while adults danced and sampled pours from 15 Colorado craft breweries. Fans poured out of the heated beer halls to witness an array of musicianship on the main stage, with acts such as Greensky Bluegrass, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Sam Bush and Leftover Salmon. Elephant Revival and The Infamous Stringdusters closed out the three-day gathering to a sold out crowd.
Inside the beer tents, artists such as Fruition, Gipsy Moon and Milk Drive jammed between each headliner while fans sipped on signature craft beers during the free beer tasting hours each day.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
The festival’s zero-waste and leave-no-trace initiatives were exemplified throughout the event. Local environmental partner Walking Mountains Science Center led the sustainability efforts, keeping the festival grounds and surrounding community clean and trash free while implementing a recycling and composting effort.
Klean Kanteen sustainable mugs were included in the ticket price, and fans re-used these cups throughout the weekend. The festival also provided water stations for the fans to refill water bottles, dramatically cutting down on single use plastics and contributing to the overall protection and preservation of the environment.
The WinterWonderGrass festival believes in a strong support of community and this year donated to three nonprofits: All Hands (disaster relief), Education Foundation of Eagle County (music education in the local schools) and Eagle River Watershed Council (environmental) were the beneficiaries. Through a $1 donation on each ticket sold and a percentage of bar sales, the festival raised over $7,500.
WinterWonderGrass after parties included sell out shows all over Avon, with festival acts, locals and special guests all joining on stage. The festival was an all ages event and allowed kids younger than 12 free admissions.
The success of the WinterWonderGrass Festival was a collaborative effort with the festival producers, the town of Avon and the Avon Police Department to ensure a safe and positive event.
PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR
Planning for next year’s event is underway with anticipation of many more years to come. On the final day of WinterWonderGrass, festival founder Scotty Stoughton announced to the crows that the music and brews event will return in 2015, so keep your dancing shoes dry.