Basalt River Days – trout kissing and much more |

Basalt River Days – trout kissing and much more

The trout-kissing contest pretty much says it all. Get down to Basalt today.The eighth annual Basalt River Days at Arbaney Park promises music, food and all sorts of fun. It kicked off Friday night, but the festivities really get rolling today. In fact, you’ve probably already missed it, but the action begins at 6:15 a.m. at Basalt Middle School with registration for the half-marathon. The Lions Club serves pancakes and burritos starting at 7 a.m. at the park, and the Frying Pan Bluegrass Band performs at 8:30 a.m. The arts and crafts, kids’ games and food booths will open by 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day. The Chamber of Commerce Beer Garden will serve Breckenridge Beer and margaritas from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.The River Days parade gets under way at 11 a.m., winding through downtown Basalt and back to the park. Then, grab lunch from one of the many food vendors and catch live music from The Love Machine at 2:20 p.m., Soul Feel at 4:15 p.m. and Coco Montoya at 6:15 p.m.Also going on will be the many River Days competitions, including a fly-casting contest, the pie-baking contest, the MAD (Midland Avenue Depot) dog-eating contest (we’re guessing hot dogs here), the Kiss the Trout competition and the tug-o-war. New this year will be a scarecrow contest and the Wyly Community Arts chalk drawing contest. A mud volleyball team competition also debuts, starting at noon.Go to for details and a schedule.

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