The first BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL at Arcosanti took place this past Saturday and it was a very successful event. 

The day was very well organized by the AZ Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce. A special Thank You goes to Chamber President Ben Satran, who suggested a bluegrass festival for this area two years ago and cast the vision for this event.

During the Opening Ceremony, Colors were presented by the Cordes Lakes Memorial American Legion Post 122 and the National Anthem was sung by Heidi Dahms-Foster. There was a welcome by Bill Rummer and Tom Thurman and an Invocation by Mayer Fire Chaplain, Pastor Robert Ossler.

Sponsors for the event:

Platinum:
Ben Satran and Affinity RV,

Gold:
Cordes Jct. Motel @ RV Park / 50’s Backseat Diner,
Black Canyon City Dentistry,
Larry Henley / Bensch Ranch,
Quail Ridge RV Park,
Santa Fe Propane

Silver:
Comspeed,
Otto & Wilhelm Insurance,
ReMax / Paul Schneider,
Sundt Construction,
Arcosanti,
Mike Rhodes,
G & S Gravel,
A Swollen Thumb Contracting / Dave Summit

Bronze:
Lynn & Otis Hess, Chamber Supporting Members,
June & Thomas Thurman,
Teskeys Holdings & Ranch Town Plaza,
High Country Pet Clinic,
Mardian Development Company,
Pat & Judge Bill Rummer,
Mayer Firefighter’s Association,
McDonald’s Restaurant.
Over 700 tickets were sold, many more than was anticipated. The parking lot was packed solid and during the busiest time, some people had to wait for a car to leave before they could enter.

Parking was very organized with many volunteers, even an RTV that took the elderly and physically disadvantaged people from their cars to the entrance ramp.

There were lots of Vendors set up around the amphitheater and in the Vaults:

50’s Backseat Diner – Ice Cream, Water and Soda,
LifePointe Church [Junior Bible Quiz] – Indian Frybread,
Tumbleweed Grill – Sonoran Dogs, Hot Dogs, Water and Soda,
Rita Cummings – Jewelry,
DnJ Creations – Sterling Silver Jewelry,
Elizabeth Killian – Arts and Crafts – Fabric Bunnies
Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce – Raffle Tickets for an Arcosanti Bell and Literature,
Canyon State Homebuilders – Cordes Lakes Energy Efficient Homes and Lots,
Costco – Membership Information,
Dr. Rain Morgan,
Mike Rhodes – Horseshoe Art,
Dewey-Humbolt Historical Society – Raffle Tickets for Beef,
Gina Barnum – Indian Art and Jewelry,
Jeri Grupe – Jewelry,
Sue Copp – Candles,
Kimberly and Pamela Byrket – Retail Items,
Lisa Baker – Blankets, Sandstone Jewelry, Pottery,
Elena Parente – Wreaths, Purses & Jewelry,
Lori Copley – Tye-Dyes, Oils, Incense, Jewelry, Etc.,
Randi Kennedy – Liquid Pearls for Plants and Decorating,
Inez Galarza – Women’s Accessories
Trading Faces – Face/body Paint, Glitter Tattoos and Balloon Twisting,
C.B. Bling – Apperal, Accessories and More,
High Desert Heritage Museum – Membership Applications.

Lots of good music was offered throughout the day and we will report about the different groups and more on this event on 4/20 and 4/22/11.

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