Castle Pines welcomes fall in ‘fest’ive style
By Lisa Crockett; photos by Tim Gamble, Cindy Cranstone, Lisa Crockett and courtesy of Jon Radloff
Any Octoberfest celebration should include good food, beer, and a festive atmosphere. This year’s celebration in Castle Pines offered all those things in abundance. Neighbors gathered to enjoy the sunshine and each other’s company, but to add to the fun there were also many other less-traditional offerings on display from the local business community.
“I think it’s great that this year all the presenting sponsors for this event gave free gifts,” said Carla Kenny, vice president of the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce, who organized the event. “It’s great to see local organizations come out to support the event and provide fun items for visitors.”
The headline of the day was WOW (Walk on Water) Bubbles – life-sized plastic inflatable bubbles that provide floating, fall-down fun. The attraction was provided free of charge by the Castle Pines North Master Association.
“Last year people paid $8 to take a turn at WOW Bubbles, but this year it was totally free,” said Kenny.
Other freebies included a variety of candy and drinks, household items, even free chair massages. Those who stopped by the Castle Pines Connection booth received a complimentary pair of reading glasses and were encouragd to “take a closer look” at their community paper. The Castle Pines North Metro District provided free pine tree seedlings for Castle Pines residents to plant in their yards.
“We’re on an ongoing campaign to remove Kentucky bluegrass from yards in the community and replace it with water-wise plants,” said Ken Smith, who is the director of communications for the Castle Pines North Metro District. “The state forest service had some extra trees that they were willing to share and these are all species of trees that will grow well here. Giving them away helps us spread our message about landscaping that doesn’t need a lot of water.”
The Octoberfest is an annual event designed to promote interactions between Castle Pines residents and the local business community. Presenting sponsors included The Castle Pines North Master Association, The Castle Pines North Metro District, The City of Castle Pines, Re/Max Elite, Sam’s Club, and The Castle Pines Connection.
To view a slideshow of photos taken at the event, including the City of Castle Pines fireworks display later that same evening, visit www.castlepinesconnection.com and click on “Photo Album.” For additional information about the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce, visit www.castlepineschamber.com.