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IF IT AIN’T BROKE: Many popular attractions back for Culturefest this year

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — The city of Brighton is preparing for its 19th annual Culturefest, slated for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7. The family-friendly event is free and will be throughout North and South Main Street as well as the Brighton Pavilions.

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There will be a petting zoo and pony rides on North Main Street along with a bounce house, dance stage, bike rodeo and a kids workshop sponsored by Home Depot. The kids activities continue on South Main Street, where attendees will find a kid’s corner bursting with activities such as gold painting and face painting, along with a magician, balloon tying and a kids food-eating contest. 

 

“We are bringing in a few new kids activities for kids corner – a few new games,” Events and Downtown Initiatives Manager Gary Montoya said, adding that this year’s Culturefest lineup changed very little due to previous popularity of the events.

Montoya said the food contests begin at 1 p.m. and will include a watermelon-eating contest, a marshmallow-eating contest and a bubblegum-blowing contest. Kids will be able to stop by Main Street Creatives to help create a mural, and a crew from the Brighton Fire Rescue District will also be along South Main Street with one of their fire trucks. 

A health, community and business expo will be held at the Brighton Pavilions. Montoya said there will be 65 booths featuring local businesses, non-profits and political candidates, which is the first year the city has been able to fill all the booths at the festival. He said the demand for the event was overwhelming and that had to let individuals interested in booths know they had met their maximum. 

The main stage will also be held at the Pavilions with performances including:

Kenny Perkins Band from 12 to 1 p.m.

Burnt Lips from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Dr. Izzy Band from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Chicano Heat Band from 3:45 to 4:5 p.m.

A kids carnival will be held in the Lone Star parking lot from June 6 to June 8. 

Montoya said the best part of Culturefest is that attendees often reconnect with people they havn’t seen in awhile and also the impression that’s left on the community’s youngest citizens. He said they hoping to see about 10,000 people at this year’s festival.

“Our goal is to make Culturefest the premiere event in our region,” he said.