Gypsum Daze promises a Big & Rich weekend |

Gypsum Daze promises a Big & Rich weekend

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Thousands gather for the Gypsum Daze headliner concert at the Lundgren Theater.
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It will be a big time in Gypsum this weekend — make that a Big & Rich time when the country duo takes center stage for the event’s signature Saturday night concert.

Big & Rich will headline this year’s main event for Gypsum Daze

Best known for their hit song “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” country superstars Big & Rich are Big Kenny and John Rich. The duo is celebrating 10 years of hit music and five studio albums. In addition to being first-rate songwriters, producers and musicians Big & Rich has a roster of collaborations and hits produced or penned for various artists including Jason Aldean, Gretchen Wilson, James Otto, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Merle Haggard, Bon Jovi, John Anderson, Willie Nelson, Jewel, Keith Anderson, Hank Williams, Jr., John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Tim McGraw, Ky-Mani Marley and Cowboy Troy.

Opening for Big & Rich is Jana Kramer. Kramer found her way to country music after pursuing an acting career and she appeared in a host of television shows, including parts in “Friday Night Lights,” “90210,” and “Entourage,” before she landed the recurring role of Alex in the CW’s “One Tree Hill.” She parlayed the exposure on “One Tree Hill” into the start of a country music singing career, and her first four singles — “Why Ya Wanna,” “I Won’t Give Up,” and “Whiskey,” and 2012’s “What I Love About Your Love,” all broke and were featured on the series soundtrack. A debut album, simply titled “Jana Kramer” appeared from Warner Bros. in the spring of 2012.

The gates open for the concert at 6 p.m. Presale tickets cost $15 and are available on line, at Gypsum Town Hall, at Alpine Bank in Eagle and Gypsum and at Bella’s Market in Gypsum. Tickets cost $25 one the day of the show. For more information visit

Here’s a rundown on other events planned during Gypsum Daze 2015

Praise in the Park

What: Performances by music teams from churches throughout the valley

When: Thursday, July 16

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Lundgren Theater

Fishing is Fun

What: Fishing derby

When: Friday, July 17

Time: 2 p.m.

Where: Gypsum Ponds

Details: The Colorado Department of Wildlife along with the Town of Gypsum, Impact Ministries and ECO Transit offer fishing fun for all ages. Park along the shooting range road and hop onto the ECO bus for a ride toward the ponds. The DOW stocks the pond with thousands of rainbow trout. Impact Ministries youth will help the younger fishermen with baiting, casting and detangling. The last shuttle pick up will be at 4 p.m.

Kiddie Playland

What: Free activites for kids includig bounce castles, an obstacle course, a water slide, petting zoon and more

When: Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18

Time: All day

Where: Town Hall Park

Youth Talent Show

What: Talent competition for kids ages preschool to 18 years.

When: Friday, July 17

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Lundgren Theater

Details: Space is limited to the first 10 applications in each age category. Categories are:

4 & under

5 to12 years

13 to 18 years

No adults may assist in any youth act. Registrations accepted at GypsumTown Hall until Thursday, July 16 at 3 p.m. No on site registration accepted. Questions regarding rules and regulations may be directed to Stephanie Roybal at or Valorie Nelson at

Gypsum Daze 5K

What: 5K run with proceeds going to the Caring for Kailyn Forsberg Fund.

When: Saturday, July 18

Time: 8 a.m.

Where: Lundgren Blvd.and Valley Road. Please park at Eagle Valley High School. Race is a loop course.

Details: The awards ceremony starts at 9 a.m. at the race finish line. Awards will be presented to the overall male/female first, second and third place as well as male and female age categories: 13 and under; 14 – 19; 20 – 29; 30 – 39; 40 –49; 50 – 59; 60 – 69; 70+. All entrants receive a goodie bag and entry in to the drawing. The drawing will be held at the conclusion of the run/walk. Runners must be present to win. All net proceeds of the 2015 Gypsum Daze 5K will be donated to the Care for Kailyn Forsberg Fund. Kailyn Forsberg, a sweet, caring, feisty 15 year old mountain girl was exercising her competitive spirit in pursuit of a USASA National Freeskiing Championship at Copper Mountain, CO April 4 – 7, 2015. After placing 2nd nationally in two disciplines in preceding days, on April 7th Kailyn unfortunately experienced a traumatic crash on the slopestyle course. The injuries were significant, including a broken pelvis, dislocated hip, and most concerning a fracture of her C-7 vertebrae impacting the spinal cord. Kailyn underwent extensive surgery. Kailyn currently has no motor movement and minimal feeling from the chest down. We are all hoping and praying for recovery, and at the same time know Kailyn’s long term struggle has just begun.

Classic Car Show

What: Gypsum Creek Cruisers Car Show is open to all classic cars, pickups, off road vehicles, antiques, street rods, muscle cars, racers, and toys.

When: Saturday, July 18

Time: On site registration beings at 7:30 a.m. Valley Road closes to vehicles for parade at 9:45 a.m. and reopens at 11:15 a.m.

Where: Town Hall Park

Details: Registration is $20 per vehicle and $10 for each additional entry. The awards ceremony is at 3 p.m. with prizes awarded for:

Best of Show

Top 20, Top 5 Off Road

Sheriff’s Choice

Fireman’s Choice

Mayor’s Choice

Enterprise Choice

State Patrol’s Choice

For more information contact Steve Carver at : 970-989-0470.

Gypsum Daze Parade

What: This years theme is “United We Can, Together We Stand: A Salute to those who Serve.”

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Valley Road

Details: Prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. To register for the parade, visit

Family Shooting Sports Event

What: Eagle Valley Rod & Gun Club along with the Town of Gypsum Shooting Sports Club is hosting a Family Day on the Range.

When: Saturday, July 18

Time: Noon to 3:30 p.m

Where: Gypsum Shooting Range

Details: This free event offers families a chance to learn about shooting firearms from certified instructors and range officers. Participants will be allowed to fire small-bore rifles, pistols, shotguns and air guns under the supervision of experienced shooters from the club. Along with furnishing the firearms and ammunition, the club will serve hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks. This event is free to the public.

Jalapeño Eating Contest

What: Contestants will have three minutes to consume as many jalapenos as possible.

When: Saturday, July 18

Time: 2 p.m.

Where: Town Hall Park

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