The annual Black Forest Festival, sponsored by the Black Forest Community Club (BFCC) will be held on Saturday, August 15th, 2015. This highly successful community event draws crowds from not only the Black Forest, but all the greater Colorado Springs area. This year’s festival has a new look and flavor to it and will feature the dedication of the Black Forest Fire Memorial with guest speaker Governor John Hickenlooper.
The memorial, dedicated to the two people who lost their lives in the fire - Marc and Robin Herklotz, those who lost homes and property, first responders, and recovery donors will be unveiled at a ceremony, which begins at 1 pm.
The Festival will be centered in the Log School Park at the corner of Black Forest and Shoup Roads in the Black Forest. This year the traditional pancake breakfast running from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. will be prepared by the R&R Coffee Café chefs and accompanied by piano and violin music. Other festivities begin at 8 a.m. with the opening of artisan and business booths, assorted alpaca fiber demos, a dairy goat milking demo and others following soon after. The festival parade begins at 10:30am. Jon Karroll, of KRDO TV Channel 13, will once again be our parade emcee.
“This year’s festival theme is “Black Forest Treasures – Past and Present,” said Shari Conley, the 2015 Festival co-chair. “We are hoping to highlight the unique aspects of living in and caring for the Black Forest. We are still rebounding from the fire of 2013, however the festival is a day when we can celebrate our reasons for living here – they are as strong as ever post fire. We also want to share our country lifestyle with festival goers by featuring hands on activities and displaying local talents and skills. The essence of the Forest and its people is alive and well.”
Two Black Forest restaurants will be onsite offering plenty of great food for the whole family. The kids will have entertainment and non tech diversions as they visit the petting zoo, ride ponies, lead alpaca and mini horses through an obstacle course, and try their hands at cake decorating, leather crafting, macramé knots, and other make and takes as well as games. Kids of all ages will enjoy the local jazz and bluegrass bands. Highlighting our musical venue is the renowned Air Force Wild Blue Country band playing from 11:30 to the end of the Festival, 3:00 p.m.
To ease the parking and traffic situation, shuttle service will be available for off-site parking coming into the forest. We expect Black Forest and Shoup Roads to be closed to traffic between the hours of 10am and 1:30PM for the parade and memorial dedication.