Family Hoedown raises money for charter schools |

Family Hoedown raises money for charter schools

Staff report
Ava Hanlen rides the mechanical bull at the 2017 Family Hoedown. Courtesy Beth Provo-Hanlen.
Beth Provo-Hanlen |

Looking for somewhere to take the whole family Saturday?

Consider the Fifth Annual Family Hoedown at Cozy Point Ranch, where you’ll find live music, dinner, drinks and saloon games for adults, alongside an obstacle bounce house, art stations, a mechanical bull and even a trebuchet (that’s right — French for catapult) for older kids. The Hoedown, which runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Aspen and Carbondale community schools, two K-8 charter schools operated by Compass, a nonprofit based in Woody Creek.

Fifty sponsoring businesses and nearly 200 individual and business donors have combined efforts to put on the Hoedown. Even the 1-2 learning centers from both schools are cooperating to host an art booth. Organizers expect this community event to sell out for the second consecutive year, so they’re directing potential attendees to to buy tickets in advance.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for kids and free for those younger than 3.

The Hoedown website also has “online auction” link, where you can bid on ski gear, concert tickets, clothing, outdoor adventures and nights at Aspen hotels and restaurants. The auction runs through 10 p.m. on Friday.

Another link enables you to enter a raffle (tickets $10) for a fully-stocked home saloon. The pine hutch, shown on the Hoedown website, is filled with wine, Champagne, spirits, glasses and other bar accessories.

The Cozy Point Ranch is located at the corner of Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road, but parking is limited on site.

Park at the nearby Brush Creek intercept lot and board the free Hoedown Stagecoach to the indoor riding arena.

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