THORNTON, CO… Thorntonfest, scheduled for Saturday, May 19, has been cancelled due to predicted severe weather. The heavy spring rains, which are expected on Saturday, tend to oversaturate the Carpenter Park Fields at 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, making it impossible to host the tens-of-thousands of people who usually attend. "This is only the third time in the 23-years of the event that we've been forced to cancel," says Thornton Recreation Manager Jan Kiehl. "The field does not drain well and any saturation makes hosting an event of this size impossible." There is no "rain date" for this festival, because moving such a large event is not an option, as all other city fields are already reserved for Saturday sporting events.
Three events will still take place as scheduled, but in different locations:
- Thornton's Got Talent Competition – Carpenter Recreation Center, 11151 Colorado Blvd., Multipurpose rooms, Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
- Dock Dogs Competition – in the parking lot south of the Carpenter Park Fields, Saturday and Sunday. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
- Disc Dogs Competition – Woodglen/Brookshire Park, 11730 St. Paul St., Saturday and Sunday. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
All last-minute changes and updates, including any additional cancellations, will be posted on www.cityofthornton.net.