City of Thornton News Release Logo For Immediate Release:   5/18/2017
Contact: Thornton Recreation Manager
Jan Kiehl, 720-977-5906

Thorntonfest cancelled due to severe weather

THORNTON, CO… Thorntonfest, scheduled for Saturday, May 20, has been cancelled due to severe weather. Spring rains saturated the Carpenter Park Fields at 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, making it impossible to ready the area for the tens-of-thousands of people who usually attend. “This is only the second time in the 22 years of the event that we’ve been forced to cancel,” says Thornton Recreation Manager Jan Kiehl. “The field does not drain well in several spots and the saturation makes hosting the event impossible.” There is no “rain date” for this festival, because moving an event this size is not an option, as all other city fields are already reserved for Saturday sporting events.

There are some events still scheduled, but people are highly encouraged to check for any last minute changes. The events still scheduled to take place are:
• The Cottonwood Classic 5K, 8 a.m., Saturday, May 20, Thorncreek Crossing Shopping Center.
• The Rocky Mountain Dock Dogs competition, Saturday/Sunday, May 20 & 21. It will be moved to the parking lot south of the Carpenter Park multipurpose fields.
• The Battle of the Bands Competition, at the Carpenter Park Amphitheater, 10:20 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• TENTATIVE: The Canine Frisbee Competition. “Staff hopes to move the event to Woodglen Park, 11551 Madison St., because it drains well,” says Kiehl. “However, because the weather is supposed to continue through tomorrow, this decision won’t be made until Saturday morning.” 

Thorntonfest was last cancelled in 2011, also due to heavy rains and severe flooding on the field. “No one is more disappointed than our staff,” says Kiehl. “They work for days preparing for these events.” The city of Thornton will refund most of the vendor fees collected from those who paid for booth space. 

The website,, will be updated with all changes, including any last-minute changes or cancellations.

Carpenter Park Fields, May 18, 2017