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Lobster Fest thanks

Dear Editor: Carbondales seventh annual Music & Lobster Fest was a blast. There were over 100 local musicians in town, and they played their hearts out in seven different venues, for 50 separate shows. About 2,000 people came out to listen, eat some fresh lobster in the town plaza and enjoy the musical vibe in historic, downtown. The town of Carbondale served 900 lobster dinners, with drinks and desserts, under the plaza tent, and, once again, the town staff put on a great community event. Special thanks to our amazing recreation department, led by Jeff Jackel, who helped start the fest with Steves Guitars. Rec coordinator Becky Beckles McCarthy made this fest the best one yet. Her team of energetic workers, led by the multitalented Jessi Rochel, made the event run smoothly. Lobster helpers this year were: Steve Tovrea, Jack Bowman, Rabbit, Danielle Boyle, Becca Watkins, Brendon Langenhuizen, Brian Murphy, Allie Rochel, Jeremy Everding, Ben Mackin, Erin Stout, J. Sanford, Bryant Maggert, Andy Baldassar, Mike Gruerefeldt, Kerstin Wilson, Matt Kraemer, Lu, Paul Blumer, Taylor Wilson, Anna Gaines, Carol Farris, Barbara Grant, Bill Grant, Dave Ritchie, Lee Maggert, Mike Emerson, Jon Holton and Sarah Johnson.The CRMS preschool got a great turnout for their first 5K/10K runs, and the kids sprint Lobster Crawl was full of little sprinters. Adorable, once again. The dunk tank was very popular on this scorching hot day, and the kids enjoyed the games and, especially, hot pizza and hot dogs. It was loads of fun and a great fundraiser for the school, thanks to all the parent volunteers and sponsors. Special thanks to Jennifer Tuggle, Courtney Kleager, Debbie Condelo and Elisabeth Murphy for organizing it. All the musicians sounded great, thanks to their talent but also thanks to all of the great sound equipment and skilled people to run it at. We couldnt have done it without Nelson Oldham, Louie Girardot, Jeff Maus, Bob, Steve Skinner, Pam Rosenthal, Glenn Griggs, Dave Notor and our other talented friends. Helping make this years fest the best one yet were our many sponsors, including the town of Carbondale, CRMS preschool, KDNK, KSPN, Sopris Chiropractic, Main Street Spirits, Alpine Bank, Blue Tent Marketing, Lynn Kirchner-Amore-Sothebys International Realty, Harrington Realty, Dos Gringos, The Lift, Village Smithy, Jennifer Perez, Peggy Devilbiss, Flying Dog Brewery, Aspen Brew Company, Glenwood Brew Pub, Carbondale Vineyard, Peppinos Pizza, White House Pizza, Cloud Nine Bakery, Ella, Grana Cafe, Phat Thai, Black Nugget, Peak Party Rental, Carbondale chamber and Paradise Bakery. It takes hundreds of musicians, fans, volunteers and sponsors to make these big, homegrown events happen with little budgets. Because of all of this help, we had a wonderful music fest, with great food and fun activities for all ages. Hats off to Carbondale for making it happen. Steve Standiford Rebecca Beckles McCarthyCarbondale

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