Sending summer out the Boulder way

The Saturday sun sets behind whirling carnival rides. Sept. 1, 2018 (Georgia Knoles/CU Independent)

Boulder’s Central Park and the surrounding areas drew crowds Labor Day weekend for the 20th annual Boulder Creek Hometown Festival. Live music echoed through downtown as festival goers of all ages danced around the bandstand.

Saturday night festival goers dance to Boulder-based Latin Dance band, ONDA. Sept. 1, 2018 (Georgia Knoles/CU Independent)

The event also hosted local businesses in a small village of tents on the park’s lawn. Here, festival goers shopped for art, clothing, handmade jewelry and other Boulder-based products. For the broke college students, local restaurants offered food samples, and health professionals provided free hugs.

Despite all the business and food stands set up, many families in attendance spent the weekend closer to the library where carnival rides spun, rubber ducks raced and zucchinis had wheels.

Dozens of spectators watch to see which rubber ducky will come in first. Sept. 3, 2018 (Georgia Knoles/CU Independent)

The Great Zucchini Race attracted children of all ages. For $10 they glittered and feathered raw zucchinis and sent them whizzing down a plywood track.

Young builders send their cars down the track. Sept. 3, 2018 (Georgia Knoles/CU Independent)

Some green little vehicles rolled safely to the end of the track; others crashed and plummeted to grass below. The victorious squealed, the defeated cried and everyone brought home a green, wheeled squash.

An artist shows off her masterpiece. Sept. 3, 2018 (Georgia Knoles/CU Independent)

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Georgia Knoles

Georgia is a sophomore studying journalism, French and Spanish at CU Boulder. She is the Assistant Arts Editor for the CU Independent and hails from the Great Pacific Northwest.

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