Louisville's Fall Fest changes format

Annual Labor Day weekend event moves to Memory Square Park
By Kimberli Turner

For Hometown Weekly

The Louisville Labor Day Parade returns to Main Street at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2.

Louisville's annual Labor Day Fall Festival will boast the same great fun but in a condensed version this year.

Annually, a smattering of activities are spread out over four days during the holiday weekend but, this year, most events will be held on Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day.

Also new this year, events will be moved from Community Park to Memory Square Park.

"I'm very excited for another year. I'm excited to bring it back to the heart of Downtown ... and have it so close to Main Street and Memory Square and the Louisville Center for the Arts," said Louisville events coordinator Kay Gazaway.

Earlier this year, City Council during a January study session, discussed moving the Fall Fest events from Community Park to Memory Square Park and the City Manager's office was directed to use its discretion how it would go forward with the event.

A couple events will keep their regular time slot for Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, Aug. 31, including Friday's 5 p.m. annual senior dinner at Memory Square Park,

Aria, a boxer, participated in the Children's Pet Parade during last year's Louisville Fall Festival . The popular pet parade kicks off holiday festivities on Labor Day, starting at 9 a.m. on Main Street. (Kimberli Turner / Colorado Hometown Weekly)
and Saturday's Coal Creek Crossing at Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive. Races start at 7 a.m. with a 10-miler, a 5K at 8 a.m. and a kid's fun run at 9 a.m.

The Louisville Dog Show, normally hosted on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, has moved to the the Steinbaugh Pavilion at 11 a.m. Saturday during the Louisville Farmers Market.

There will be no Fall Fest activities on Sunday this year.

Festivities kick off Monday at 9 a.m. with the Children's Pet Parade down Main Street, followed by the 78th Labor Day Parade at 10 a.m., which will move south on Main from the Louisville Fire Station in the 700 block to the Elk's Club located in the 500 block of Main Street.

"Kids get to have that thrill walking down Main," Gazaway said. "Everyone can get their spot on the curb for the pet parade and then the big parade. We're going to have back to back parades."

Spectators are expected to cram the parade route as they do every year for Louisville's longest-running parade -- in past years it has run two hours long. This year three marching bands will help parade-goers "Catch the Spirit" -- this year's Fall Festival theme -- including Louisville's Monarch High School, Lafayette's Centaurus High School and, new to the parade, Broomfield's Holy Family High School.

Over at Memory Square Park, Louisville's Zyzzyx Road will once again bring live music to the Labor Day festival, but will be rocking out on solar power. Superior's Pulmor Incorporated donated its mobile solar power generator, a 420-watt system, with enough to power the group all day, saving the city a couple hundred dollars on a gas-powered generator, Gazaway said.

"We're going to be off the grid with the band," she said.

As usual, the festival is a zero-waste event, with 2,000 gallons of zero waste space available to divert recyclables from the landfill. In past years, the fest has boasted a diversion rate of 88 percent, the city's events coordinator said.

Though the festival's format and location differs from previous years, attendees will find all the parts they love most about Labor Day weekend in Louisville.

"It's a great, new twist on a very favorite tradition," Gazaway said.

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