Summer fun on deck in Gypsum
GYPSUM — The town of Gypsum has a summer scheduled filled with family fun and most events are free or low cost, culminating with a performance by country superstars Big and Rich during the Gypsum Daze event.
Gypsum’s summer begins with the Movies & Music Summer Concert Series every Friday in June. The evenings will start at 7 p.m. with live performances ranging from rock to country to theater. Following each night’s live performance will be a feature film.
Here’s the schedule for the Movies & Music Summer Concert Series:
• June 19 — Porchlight Players Children’s Theater Camp presents “Peter Pan” and “Hook.”
• June 26 — Derringer and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”
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• July 3 — Independence Day finale event with free hot dogs and popcorn. There will be face painting and inflatables for the kids with music by Something Underground and Little Rascals.
Gypsum’s signature summer celebration — which draws an average of 10,000 attendees each year — is planned July 15-18 with Big and Rich headlining the Saturday concert.
The festivities begin on July 15 with a special performance at Gypsum Town Hall by the Dover Quartet presented by Bravo! Vail.
On July 16, Lundgren Theater will host Praise in the Park at 6 p.m. This is a community worship event featuring bands and live performances from valley churches.
The Gypsum Daze weekend starts to hop July 17 with a Youth Talent show at 6 p.m. at Lundgren Theater. Following the talent show, the Locals Showcase Stage in the Midway area will feature Derringer. Food and merchant vendors will be open at 4 p.m.
As always, Saturday is the big day for Gypsum Daze. The fun begins with the 5K run/race at 8 a.m. to benefit the Kaylin Forsberg Fund.
Grab some pancakes at the Gypsum Fire Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Following the 5K, the parade will be ramping up to start at 10 a.m. and the Classic Car Show will showcase roadsters of all types.
Throughout the day, the Midway will offer food and at the Locals Showcase Stage, Eagle Valley High School graduate Lorin Madsen and his group The Hustlers will perform at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., local musicians Endless Possibilities will take the stage.
Slackline Industries plans special performances throughout the day and there is a free kiddie playland with bungee jumping, a petting zoo, face painting, crafts, kiddie train, water slides, mechanical bull, bouncers and more.
When the sun sets on Gypsum, the doors will open for the country concert featuring Big and Rich with special guests Cowboy Troy and Jana Kramer. Concert tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at http://www.townofgypsum.com, which is also where you can find information about any of the summer events planned for Gypsum.