CALDWELL — Caldwell is ready to give itself a pat on the back Saturday at the eighth-annual Indian Creek Festival celebration (see schedule of highlighted events below).
Mayor Garret Nancolas told the Idaho Press-Tribune in an earlier interview that Saturday’s event marks the completion of the first stage and the beginning of the second stage in the community’s downtown revitalization efforts.
“I think this is really kind of a marquee year for us,” Nancolas said. “All in all this is a huge moment for us and for the downtown in terms of making it the vibrant place it once was … We’re excited.”
“With all the activities we’ve planned, families should not have a moment where there isn’t something going on or something to do,” longtime event organizer Ken Wien, the city’s Americorps VISTA employee, said. Wien’s work focuses on economic development and downtown revitalization, so he takes great pride in what the Indian Creek Festival represents.
The festival kicks off at noon Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour at the new downtown Treasure Valley Community College campus. It shifts into high gear with one of the festival’s newest attractions, the free Community Block Party on Friday evening in the TVCC parking lot, 205 S. 6th Ave. There will be free music featuring Portland’s Hit Machine along with a tie-dye station (complete with free white shirts) and food vendors. The live music and dancing continues until 11 p.m.
Saturday packed with fun
Saturday is full of excitement and entertainment starting at 8 a.m. with the Fireman’s Auxiliary Pancake Breakfast and running right into the evening when Caldwell Fine Arts opens its Golden Anniversary season with the performance of “Night at the Movies” featuring New York City Theatre organist Ben Model and the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert Franz.
The performance, set for 7:30 p.m., will be held at Jewett Auditorium on The College of Idaho campus.
In between, visitors to the 2010 Indian Creek Festival can enjoy the Kiwanis Fun Run, a Custom Car Show, a Tug-of-War, the popular Cardboard Kayak Race and the Caldwell Fine Arts Rubber Duck fundraising race.
Ongoing activities include live music on two stages and a DJ on the third, children’s art activities (sponsored by the 4-H), a farmers market, artist exhibits, clowns, face painting, balloon art, the Boy Scout rope bridge, food vendors and a display that showcases the city’s downtown development.
“We’ve got a lot of new performers from all over the Treasure Valley who will be featured,” Wien said of the stage entertainment. “There will be a carnival and crafts for kids of all ages along with all the other activities.”
Highlight events at the festival
- Treasure Valley Community College ribbon-cutting ceremony/tours, new Caldwell center, noon
- Indian Creek Festival Block Party, live music and dance party, 7 to 11 p.m., TVCC Caldwell Center parking lot, 205 S. 6th Ave.
Saturday, Sept. 18
- Firemen’s Auxiliary Pancake Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m.
- Kiwanis Fun Run, 9 to 10 a.m.
- Idaho Press-Tribune Tug-of-War, 11 a.m. to noon
- West Valley Medical Center Cardboard Kayak Race, 1 to 2 p.m.
- Caldwell Fine Arts Rubber Duck Race, 3 to 3:30 p.m.
- Custom Car Show — Military vehicles and cycles, 9 .m. to 4 p.m.
- Our Memories Indian Creek Museum Open House, 1122 Main St., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free admission
- Caldwell Fine Arts 50th Anniversary Season debuts with “Night at the Movies,” featuring New York City Theatre organist, Ben Model and the Boise Philharmonic Pit Orchestra performing for silent movies, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho