Elbert Day Festival is a hit

Family activities, parade, food, music make for great event

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It was a scorching Saturday at the annual Elbert Day Festival on July 9, as hundreds of attendees from all around Elbert County showed up to take part in fun events, have great food, and shop from local vendors.
 
The Elbert Day Festival, which has taken place on and off since 2014, was organized and hosted by the Elbert Town Committee. This year, proceeds from many of the event’s paid activities went toward helping preserve historical items associated with the Town of Elbert.
 
“The group works hard all year long to put on this event,” said Wendy Walp, treasurer for the Elbert Town Committee. “We want to preserve Elbert’s heritage and share it with people today and in the future.”
 
The morning kicked off with breakfast served by the Elbert Woman’s Club. Tables were set up both inside and outside of the Russell Gates Mercantile Co. building for attendees to have their pancake breakfast. Locally-owned Dancing Jaguar Coffee also had their truck set up outside to serve everyone. The Elbert Woman’s Club raised more than $1,000 toward funding upgrades for the Russell Gates building.
 
Following the breakfast, North Elbert Road was lined with spectators waiting for the parade to come through town. The parade consisted of several homemade floats, horses, the Elbert County Fair queen, first responders and several vintage cars. The cars were associated with the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Vintage Motor Car Club of America. Most of the people in the parade threw candy to excited kids along the route.
 
The Elbert Day Festival hosted several events and activities throughout the day, most open to all ages. Attendees took part in the pancake race, egg toss, watermelon seed-spitting contest and tractor pull. There was also a beer garden and live music from the throwback rock cover band Lookin’ Back.
 
In addition to raising funds for historic preservation efforts, the Elbert Day Festival is held each year to offer fun activities for members of the rural community. Members of the Elbert Town Committee and Elbert Woman’s Club hope that it serves to create community unity, draw in visitors, and expand the love for the Town of Elbert.
 
“The event makes our town accessible to people,” said Irene Brown, a member of the Elbert Woman’s Club. “There are people who come to the event from other cities that would never visit our community otherwise.”
 
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