Live music, great food and a variety of microbrews from breweries all over Southwest Colorado are just a taste of a great afternoon of family fun at Fellin Park in Ouray, Colorado, August 27, 2011.
The annual Ouray County Music festival, or Grillin and Chillin, as it is fondly refferred to looks to be one of the best yet. Presented by the Ouray Chamber Resort Association, and local businesses, the festival begins at 2:00pm and follows a wave of entertainment until 8:00 in the evening.
Eleven local breweries will be sharing their recipes for some of the most tasty microbrews around. For just $25.00, you can sample every brew in your own commemorative tasting glass, and ply the brewers for their secret recipes. three of the brewers presnt hale from Ouray and Ridgway; Colorado Boy, Ouray Brewery and Ourayle House. Try them all and challenge your friends to pick the best!
If beer isn't your forte, head on over to the Mosaic Community Foundations booth, and put yourself to work blending you own margarita or or other frosty beverage on the world famous human powered blender-bike, "Glenda the Blenda".
You'll be tapping your feet and dancing about the park as the kids enjoy a zipline sponsred by San Juan Mountain Guides, and are invited to help decorate a large mural to name just a few activities. Bring a blanket, and sit on the grass as you enjoy a decadent array of BBQ and side dishes created by local restaurants and non profit organiztions alike as they vie for the title of Best BBQ in Ouray County.
Of Course, don't forget the music! in addition to several incredibly talented musicians from Ouray and Ridgway, OCRA is proud to announce there will be three national recording artists performing in the festival this year.
Hailing from just south of Atlanta, Georgia... Michael Tolcher smoothly blends many genres of music to form his own powerful, hooky, and senses-pleasing sound. With his upbeat tunes, we begin the festival.
Michael and Scott Harte of The Harters join us next, taking a break from a much deserved vacation after touring with Alan Jackson, to please the crowd with their inventive melodies and imaginative lyrics which they describe as the sounds of home.
The evening ends on a high note with the poignant lyrical composition, powerful vocals, and dynamic production of progressive Country singer Kyle Jennings.
All in all, the day and evening will be an adventure of sound food and fun, and not to be missed! Surely a great time in the San Juans.