Family Hoedown to raise money for local charter schools |

Family Hoedown to raise money for local charter schools

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Fun fact: It’s possible, just a few days from now, to ride a mechanical bull or play in a human hamster ball while putting a dent in the valley’s school funding gap.

Just bring the whole family to the 3rd Annual Family Hoedown at Cozy Point Ranch. The event runs from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday and benefits two local K-8 charter schools, the Aspen Community School and Carbondale Community School. The Hoedown is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the two schools, which are run by Compass, a Woody Creek-based nonprofit organization.

According to school officials, it takes $12,500 per year to educate a typical Community School child, but the schools receive only $11,187 per child from existing sources. The remaining $1,313 per child must be raised to provide the qualified teachers, the small class sizes and rich, integrated curriculum that makes these schools unique.

“The Family Hoedown is not only a lot of fun for the whole community, it is also a critical fundraiser for our two small public charter schools,” said Compass Executive Director Skye Skinner. “Every year we raise a significant portion of our budget to bridge the gap between low state funding and the actual cost of providing high-quality education.”

There will be something for everyone at the Hoedown. The Hell Roaring String Band will provide live music, and Chicken Sh*t Bingo must be seen to be believed (live chickens strut around a bingo grid, and you win when they poop on the right square). There will also be archery, a mechanical bull, Eurobungy and Tumble Bubbles (pictured above) for older kids and adults.

For the youngsters, arts and crafts will abound with help from the Yellow Canary, the Aspen Art Museum and Handmakery, along with pony rides and bounce houses. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids ages 3 to 12. Children below the age of 3 are free. Ticket prices include dinner (by Smoke Modern BBQ), dessert, non-alcoholic drinks and all activities.

A silent auction will feature hotel stays, local outdoor adventures, spa treatments, restaurant gift certificates, kids’ camps and an art showcase featuring the work of Aspen and Carbondale community school parents. A Wine Cellar Raffle will deliver 50 bottles of premium wine to the lucky winner. And, with the exception of Eurobungy and Tumble Bubbles, all the fun will take place inside the spacious, heated riding arena at Cozy Point, safely insulated from the elements.

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