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‘Burropalooza’ organizers want to rival Telluride’s music festivals

Linda Balough

FAIRPLAY -Organizers of the South Park Music and Art Festival want to double the attendance this year to more than 10,000 people, and boost the attractions to more than 100 bands.The organizers met with the Park County Board of County Commissioners Wednesday to outline the event, which has earned the nickname “Burropalooza” among musicians and locals.Smith told the commissioners the event would begin with a VIP gathering on Thursday, Sept. 8, and music will begin at noon and run until 7 p.m. at five outdoor stages scattered around Fairplay. The music will then continue indoors at three other venues until about midnight Friday, and resume Saturday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. at the outdoor stages, to be followed by a street dance. Smith told the commissioners the dates for the festival as the weekend after Labor Day were selected, “to extend the tourist season for another week.” Organization teams began meeting and planning over a month ago, in order to make the event run smoothly and efficiently. Bands from all over the country have already signed up for the event, which will be advertised on satellite radio and a number of other national media locations. Promoter Matt Fecher plans a gathering of top record executives to be held in Park County at the same time as the music and art festival. “Some people tell me this could rival Telluride (music festival) in just a few years,” Smith said. Artists are invited to submit photographs of their work to the committee for approval for booth space for the weekend. The organizers want to showcase local talent, but expect artists and craftspeople from all over Colorado. The group asked the commissioners for permission to use the Park County Library lawn and soon-to-be-completed gazebo as one of the performance venues, and asked for the county fairgrounds as a location for camping. Fairplay Police Chief Dave Gottschalk said there would be additional security and crowd control personnel and he will coordinate with the Park County Sheriff Office for any backup help that might be required.On the web: http://www.southparkmusic.comVail, Colorado

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