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Boulder Creek Hometown Festival has ‘moments of magic’ with car show, music, zucchini racing – Boulder Daily Camera

The Tyrannosaurus rex came for the food and stayed for music on the last day of the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival.

The anatomically correct prehistoric beast was designed and built by local puppeteer Tim Seeber, known by many as Mr. Bones, and he wandered around the festival engaging with the crowd, getting squeals from kids and adults alike.

A Tyrannosaurus rex looks for lunch at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival Sunday afternoon. The foam dinosaur replica was carved and manipulated by Tim Seebers, also known as Mr. Bones. (Jennifer LeDuc / Staff writer)
A Tyrannosaurus rex looks for lunch at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival on Sunday afternoon. The foam dinosaur replica was carved and manipulated by Tim Seebers, also known as Mr. Bones. (Jennifer LeDuc / Staff writer)

The attendance was modest, and event director Meg Denbow said the turnout was less than what the organizers at Boulder Creeks Events had hoped for.

Attributing the smaller crowd to moving the event to a date earlier than the traditional Labor Day weekend, and the weather, Denbow said storms Saturday afternoon meant closing the festival down around 4:30.

“It was a total drag to have to do that, so we don’t know what kind of crowd we would have had last night,” Denbow said on Sunday. “It started to pour, and we have to put safety first. But there have been moments of magic throughout the weekend.”

The vintage cars on display drew young and old onlookers. Car aficionados and the curious peered in the windows of the restored cars and trucks and chatted with owners.

Roger Opfer, a Lafayette resident and car collector, brought his 1948 Oldsmobile 98 Club Classic to the show, a vibrant blue peach of car, with plump lines and chrome hubcaps. Opfer said the car’s low mileage was attributed to the original owner contracting polio. Although the owner retrofitted the car so he could continue driving it, the progression of the disease meant the car was left to sit for 20 years.

The Boulder Creek car show was “always a fun and laid back event,” said Opfer.

Sipping beer from Wibby Brewing while musical duo Wrenn & Ian played in the bandshell, Caitlin Dunn and Eric Papin said the creekside festival was an opportunity to relax after a hike up Shanahan Ridge Trail with their pup Murphy.

“We saw the festival, found parking, heard the good music and grabbed a beer. It was easy,” said Dunn.

Four-year-old Enzo Botelho was playing with his first zucchini car in the shade with his father, Moreno, and mother Cibele Amaral. The family moved to Boulder from Brazil six months ago, and it was their first time at a festival along the creek.

“We love it, we rode our bikes here,” said Amaral. Her son loved the old cars, and his hands were covered in paint from decorating his zucchini car.

Best friends Maddy Gaglio, left, and Francesca Barradale, right, select their squash for their entry in the zuchini race at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival on Sunday afternoon, an event that's become a tradition for the lifelong friends. (Jennifer LeDuc / Staff writer)
Best friends Maddy Gaglio, left, and Francesca Barradale, right, select their squash for their entry in the zucchini race at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival on Sunday afternoon, an event that’s become a tradition for the lifelong friends. (Jennifer LeDuc / Staff writer)

Picking out the perfect zucchini from a pile of squash meant continuing a tradition of zucchini racing for best friends Maddy Gaglio and Francesca Barradale.

“We’ve done this every year since we were six,” said Gaglio. “This is our summer tradition, we have to do this.”

 

 


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