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Lafayette’s 23rd Annual Oatmeal Festival Returns Jan. 12

January 4, 2019
Zachary Zalusky, left, and Garrett Welch go for the fruit toppings for their oatmeal at the 2018 Lafayette Oatmeal Festival. The festival returns Jan. 12.

Lafayette Oatmeal Festival

The 23rd annual festival will be Jan. 12. The schedule is:

• Breakfast — 7:30 a.m. to noon at Pioneer Elementary, 101 E. Baseline Road. Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children ages 3 to 12, free for children 2 and younger.

• 5K run/walk — 9:30 a.m. at the Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts, 200 E. Baseline Road. Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for children and seniors. Registration forms for fax and mail entry, as well as a link to register online, can be found at bit.ly/2SAkXSd . In-person advance registration can be completed at the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, 1290 S. Public Road. Day-of registration will be from 7:30 to 9:10 a.m. at the race start point. Cost is $10 higher on race day.

• Blood drive — 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Pioneer Elementary’s north parking lot. Pre-registration must be completed at vitalant.org .

For more info, call the Chamber at 303-666-9555 or visit lafayettecolorado.com .

Lafayette will host its 23rd annual Oatmeal Festival on Jan. 12, officials announced Thursday, cementing the return of the celebrated event that in the fall was thought to be nixed.

In September, organizers announced the festival would be discontinued after Quaker Oats, the event’s largest sponsor, said it was withdrawing its involvement because “tightening budgets and shifting priorities.”

A swift community outcry prompted the company to renegotiate, and chamber officials announced in October it would return.

At the center of this year’s event is the traditional oatmeal breakfast, at which more than 200 gallons of oatmeal will be prepared, Pat Vero, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce marketing director, stated in a news release. Event workers also will serve up more than 4,000 oatmeal pancakes and 1,200 oatmeal muffins.

In addition to the breakfast, the celebration of all things oats will include a 5K walk/run and blood drive.

The 5K walk and run will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts. Participants can register in advance online, in person, or by fax or mail. Day-of registration will be from 7:30 to 9:10 a.m. at the race’s start point. Bibs and timing chips can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Lafayette Chamber or from 7:30 to 9:10 a.m. race day at Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts.

The Vitalant (formerly Bonfils) Community Blood Drive will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Pioneer Elementary’s north parking lot. Pre-registration must be completed at vitalant.org .

A free shuttle to the event will run continuously throughout the day from Flatirons Community Church at 355 W. South Boulder Road.

Anthony Hahn: 303-473-1422, hahna@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/_anthonyhahn

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