New fest in Gypsum starts this weekend |

New fest in Gypsum starts this weekend

It’s going to be an action-packed summer at Gypsum’s Lundgren Amphitheater and park.

In addition to the traditional Gypsum Daze celebration slated for Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, a series of seven Sunday events are planned at the site as part of Gypsum Summer Fest. The series will begin Sunday and run through Sept. 16. The schedule includes three Sunday Cinema outdoor film showings and four Sunday Sounds concerts. In conjunction with these main events, expect farmer’s markets and kid’s activities.

“We are focusing this on the community,” said organizer Cary Hogan. “There are different venues for all ages.”

The Sunday Cinema events will begin Sunday with a showing of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” The series continues for the next two Sundays with show time at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) Preceding the movie will be a locals’ flea market with fresh food vendors and homemade arts and crafts. The market will open at 4 p.m.

The Sunday Concerts launch Aug. 19 and continue though Sept. 16. The main show will begin at 5 p.m., but again, the action will start up sooner with market offerings.

In conjunction with the movie and concert events, organizers plan four special Battle of the Bands contests. Local high school and middle school students or adult garage bands are invited to participate. The band events will be held June 24 and July 1 at 3 p.m. and on Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 at 12:30 p.m.

Karaoke singers can strut their stuff at Sunday event beginning at 3 p.m. or an Aug. 19 event beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Gypsum Summer Fest organizers are looking for food and craft vendors, crowd entertainers (jugglers, magicians, clowns), and community groups who would be interested in operating a booth or otherwise participating in the series. Charity booths and non-profit concessions can operate at no charge.

For information or to sign up, contact Cary Hogan at 524-3568 or

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