Street Dance Returns to Broomfield Days
If you go
What: Broomfield Days Street Dance
When: 6 to 10:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14
Where: Midway Park
Cost: $20 for adults; 15 and younger is $5; VIP parking for $10 or $20
More info: email email@example.com. Buy tickets online at eventbrite.com . Cash only at the event.
Senior Resources of Broomfield is trading in its formal gala fundraiser for a nostalgic celebration under the stars.
For the first time in many years, a Broomfield Days Street Dance will return to Midway Park.
“It was just a great connection to the community,” Councilwoman Kimberly Groom said. “Pretty much everybody in Broomfield came to the street dance and we had a lot of fun.”
At a recent council meeting Groom, a Ward 4 councilwoman, challenged everybody who went to Broomfield High School in the 1980s to come out to the dance. She also has served on the Senior Resource Board for years.
“We used to have amazing attendance,” she said.
For the last few years of the dance, which Groom said ranged from the 1980s to 1990s, it was held at the Broomfield High School stadium to control entrances and corral the crowd.
“I believe it became just too much logistically to handle, and we did away with it,” she said.
There has been talk for years of bringing it back, she said, and when Senior Resources decided last year to discontinue its annual gala, she jumped on the opportunity to host the dance. When she was out campaigning for council, Groom said a number of people suggested bringing it back.
Through talks with the senior board and with city officials, it came together in a matter of months.
Kicking off the night will be Phil Long & Friends, whose lead singer is a graduate of Broomfield High School and who now performs in the Vail and Aspen areas. The Paul Glover Group also will perform.
Tickets are available via eventbrite.com or with cash at the event. Food and drinks at the dance will be provided by food trucks and several local microbreweries — and a booth where people can buy Coors and Budlight.
“We’re bringing it back even with the classic beer,” Groom said.
All ages are welcome, but organizers ask that pets are left at home.
Buying a ticket online ahead of time comes with a free drink ticket.
No coolers or outside food and drink will be allowed at the dance, but people are invited to bring blankets or chairs. There will be street parking and VIP parking at the Garden Center for $20 and at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 900 W. Midway Blvd., for $10.
Groom said the board hopes to earn $70,000 — a lofty, but much-needed goal.
Ben Vagher, president of the Senior Resources Board, said the organization was created in 1982 as a nonprofit.
It actively supports programs such as Meals on Wheels, a medical equipment loan closet, the handyman/chore program, a caregiver respite program and special medical and dental needs programs.
The board will hold three Broomfield Days events within 24 hours starting with the Broomfield Days Open golf tournament Friday, Sept. 14 at Eagle Trace Golf Club. The tournament starts at 1 p.m. Registration gets underway at 10:30 a.m., and the event ends with a burger bar, raffle and prizes from 5 to 6 p.m.
SRB took over the tournament from the city three or four years ago, Vagher said, and it now includes a chance to win a $20,000 hole-in-one and a $1 million hole-in-one. Board members still are looking for golfers or sponsors for the event, Vagher said.
The dance will follow that evening, and the 16th Annual Rockin’ Cool Classic Car Show will take place Saturday, Sept. 15.
The car show, which also benefits Broomfield Senior Resource programs and services, asks for a $25 donation to preregister a vehicle or a $30 donation the day of the show.
Preregistered vehicles will get five additional raffle tickets for early registration. The deadline to preregister is Sept. 9. Each registration comes with a goodie bag, show T-shirt, dash plaque and one raffle ticket.
All vehicles must be parked by 9:30 a.m., as the roads will close then for the parade.
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