Denver’s Festival Italiano 2016 at Belmar with Colorado Traveling Ducks

We have great festivals in Colorado.   I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck felt Italian today.   We are at Festival Italiano.

Festival Italiano 2016

Festival Italiano 2016

We like the music at this stage.

He sings while they dance

He sings while they dance

And the dancers.   Everybody having fun today.   There are several stages at this festival.  And so many booths.   This one really highlights Italy, advertising “All Things Italian”

All Things Italian

All Things Italian

Tesori Italian Pottery has great stuff also.

Tesoro Italian Pottery

Tesoro Italian Pottery

One of the annual highlights of Festival Italiano is Little Feet Grape Stomping, sponsored by Denver’s own Balistreri Vineyards.

Balistreri Vineyards host a traditional event

Balistreri Vineyards host a traditional event

These bins, full of grapes, will soon have barefoot children, with clean, washed feet, stomping grapes.

Stomp these grapes!

Stomp these grapes!

Here are kids signing up for the stomping and fun.

Children eager to stomp grapes

Children eager to stomp grapes

Another popular event is the Italian flag throwers.

Flag Throwers ready

Flag Throwers ready

They are ready to begin.   You can see several, five I believe, flags in the air.

Flag throwers at work

Flag throwers at work

It is difficult to see everything as popular events draw many people and that is a problem for mom taking photos.   But we, Zeb and Soapy, love it all.  Here is another stage.

Story Telling

Story Telling

Music and an announcer telling family stories.  We were at Festival Italiano shortly after it opened on the first day, so these chalk artists are just beginning.

Beginning chalk art masterpiece

Beginning chalk art masterpiece

Festivals always smell so good and have delicious food.   Berry Kabobs look and taste yummy.

Berry Kabobs!

Berry Kabobs!

They are from Banane E Fragolae.   Still hungry?   This will soothe any growling stomach.

So much food

So much food

From Italian Flame Foods.  So much to see, to do and to eat.   But wait, now you can be more Italian.   They even have Italian language lessons here.

Let's learn Italian

Let’s learn Italian

This is a fun, and educational, festival.   Hope you were here and come again next year.

Celebration of the USA in Avon, Colorado

I, Zeb the Duck, loved the 28th annual Celebration of the USA in Avon, Colorado.  This festival was held at Nottingham Park in Avon.

Nottingham Park by Nottingham Lake is great for festivals

Nottingham Park by Nottingham Lake is great for festivals

When it is dark, fireworks will explode over this lake

When it is dark, fireworks will explode over this lake

Avon is a few miles west of Vail.

Of course we were hungry and such choices.

Alligator on a stick and Shark on a stick???

Alligator on a Stick and Shark on a Stick???

After chicken on a stick, burritos and gyros, we concentrated on desserts.  Did you see that sign?  Deep fried pickles, Baconade  (Bacon lemonade?)  Also deep fried PB&J.    We decided on funnel cake and mini donuts.

We love funnel cakes and mini donuts!

We love funnel cakes and mini donuts!

Yum!  Greer and Rachael liked the festival, too.

My friends, Greer and Rachael

My friends, Greer and Rachael

And I like them.

We saw a man on stilts

So tall.  Don't fall.

So tall. Don’t fall.

and then we saw this artist with his paints.

He can paint.

He can paint.

This juggler is tall.

Don't drop those!

Don’t drop those!

He is also my friend.

We are friends now.

We are friends now.

Do see this guy—

Juggling fire while standing on a ball???

Juggling fire while standing on a ball???

standing on a ball while juggling fire.  I really liked this man.

A human bronze statue

A human bronze statue

He is so still, he looks like a bronze statue, but he is alive.   For little ones only.

This looks like fun!

This looks like fun!

Small humans have fun in this bouncy house.

After dark, we watched the fireworks.  I love fireworks.  I also liked the patriotic music during the fireworks.  In Avon I watched 10,000 shells exploding over the lake.

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

I am so glad we went to the Celebration of the USA in Avon, Colorado.  Happy Birthday United State of America!

Celebrate the USA!

Celebrate the USA!