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River Days return in Basalt

Aspen Times Staff

The Kiss a Trout competition is always a highlight at River Days in Basalt. The festivities begin Friday, but really get rolling Saturday at Arbaney Park. (Basalt Chamber of Commerce photo)

The trout-kissing contest pretty much says it all. Get down to Basalt this weekend.

The eighth annual River Days at Arbaney Park promises music, food and all sorts of fun.

The festivities kick off Friday at Lion’s Park, where young local musicians will show off their talents starting at 4 p.m. Then, River Days moves to the streets and the new plaza at Riverwalk. Watch for the magic of Doc Eason, the New York Street Boys, Juggling Jim, Max Harrington the yo-yo whiz kid, and Timothy the stilt-walker.

Saturday’s action begins at 6:15 a.m. at Basalt Middle School with registration for the half-marathon. The Lions Club will serve pancakes and burritos starting at 7 a.m. at Arbaney Park. Breakfast is free if you’ve purchased a ticket for the Lions Mane Raffle.

The arts and crafts, kids’ games and food booths will open by 10 a.m. at the park and continue through 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 will wind through downtown Basalt and back to the park, starting at 11 a.m. This year’s theme is “River Magic.” Then, grab lunch from one of the many food vendors and catch live music from Soul Feel and Coco Montoya on the Arbaney Park stage.

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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.

The mud volleyball team competition will also debut on Saturday, starting at noon.

Go to basaltriverdays.com for details, schedules or information on how to register for the competitions.

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