Conifer's Elevation Celebration a treat for young and old alike

Deb Hurley Brobst
Posted 8/1/22

The Elevation Celebration has something for everyone.

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Conifer's Elevation Celebration a treat for young and old alike


The Elevation Celebration has something for everyone.

The Salida Circus entertained the kids, while the beer tents, food trucks and music stages entertained the adults. Plus there was shopping and lots to learn at a variety of booths lining Sutton Road July 30-31.

A clown on stilts greeted attendees on the west end of Sutton Road, a precursor to the fun awaiting folks at the Elevation Celebration. The Salida Circus, a combination professional troupe and educational program, brought a dozen performers to amaze the audience with aerial feats and more. After the performances, children learned simple juggling techniques.

Joan Lobeck, a performer with Salida Circus, explained that the troupe performs at many festivals throughout Colorado, sometimes bringing acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, jesters, stilt walkers and magicians.

In anticipation of Split & Steak at Conifer Community Church, Boy Scout Troop 400 gave attendees the opportunity to try their hand at ax throwing and wood chopping. The person who split a piece of wood into four sections the fastest would win a $50 gift certificate. As of 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the fastest time was 14.4 seconds.

Jeremy Fowler, the new organizer of Split & Steak, reminded people that they are welcome to participate in the volunteer opportunity on Sept. 24.

While Beaver Ranch Open Space Park volunteers explained summer events and changes at the park, Emily Blong of Conifer sat in her booth, happy to tell attendees about her new business Brighter Day Studios.

Emily and her husband Mike create home décor, crystals and jewelry with the intent to simply bring joy. This was Emily’s first time at the festival, and she enjoyed meeting and chatting with people about their wares.

Next door to Blong was the Vintage Poster booth where Mike Campbell of Castle Rock sold posters he refurbished. A photographer for 20 years, he decided to refurbish a Santa poster for his wife, which led to a hobby and eventually to a business.

“We work many festivals during the summer, and I like the Elevation Celebration because of its small-town feel," Campbell said.


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