Black Forest Festival slated August 17

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The annual Black Forest Festival, sponsored by the Black Forest Community Club (BFCC), will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17. This successful community event draws crowds, from not only the Black Forest, but also the greater Colorado Springs area. This year’s festival is especially important to the community since the fire that rocked the community less than two months ago.

The festival is held at the corner of Black Forest and Shoup Roads.

Starting at 6:30 a.m. with the traditional pancake breakfast, sponsored by CenturyLink.

Following the breakfast, the festival will hold its parade at 10:30 a.m. This year’s parade will honor 1st responders, the National Guard and all those who helped save our community during the fire. Black Forest Fire and Rescue Chief Bob Harvey will be the parade Grand Marshall. Jon Karroll, of KRDO TV Channel 13, will once again be our parade announcer.

“We are demonstrating our strong sense of community here in the Forest,” said Eddie Bracken, BFCC President and this year’s chairman, “we are committed to helping our friends and neighbors, especially those who lost their homes begin the healing process. Holding the Festival is one small step in our recovery. We’re inviting all to come see we are BlackForestTogether.”

This year’s theme is “Recover, Rebuild and Restore – our community” to highlight the resilient nature of the Black Forest community and its residents. Donations will be accepted by the local charities serving the fire victims. Also featured will be the Air Force Academy Blue Steel band.

There will be a marketplace featuring commercial and neighborhood sellers, food booths, ranging from fancy foods to more traditional hot dogs and hamburgers, games for the kids and many other surprises. The festival runs until 3 p.m.

To ease the parking and traffic situation, shuttle service will be available for off‐ site parking coming into the forest. We are asking the large work trucks, assisting residents with their clean up efforts to avoid the intersection of Black Forest and Shoup Roads while the Festival is open, generally from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.