By Jill Rowland-Lagan
What is that? Is it Spring in the air? Or maybe a spring in your step due to the great weather and the beautifully colored flowers. This has got to be the best time of the year in Boulder City and I’ve got a great way for you to celebrate...Spring Jamboree 2011! I can’t think of a finer time to join your friends and neighbors in the clean, green parks of the Historic District and soak in the warm sun, great entertainment, fun carnival rides, festival food, talented artisans, and stunning hot rods.
There are so many activities that are now associated with Spring Jam, I’m not even sure where to begin. How about April 29th, that seems to be the best place to start. As you drive by the government parks area, you’ll see quite a buzz as we begin the tremendous job of setting up for such a large event. It’s always interesting to watch our beautiful lawns transform into marketplaces, stages, rides and car displays. Friday is usually left to just set up, but this year, we’re continuing the ever-popular PRE-JAM! There will be a special treat for those of you that love to spend time with your family watching movies. Dr. Eldon Clothier has graciously sponsored the Movie in the Park night and we’ll be showing Despicable Me. So help us Pre-Jam and join us at the gazebo in Bicentennial Park with your blankets and chairs. Food vendors will be open and selling their items including popcorn and drinks.
Saturday, April 30th, you’re going to want to get out of your PJ’s early, into your jogging clothes, and head to the park. The 4th Annual Nikki Anderson-Mangin 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk begins registration at 6:30am. The race will kick off at 7:00am and the awards ceremony will be around 8:30am. This has been such a phenomenal event in years past and so emotional for all those that had been touched by the hand of Nikki. Please come help raise money towards a memorial scholarship that will be awarded to local BCHS students each year. For participant applications, stop by the Chamber office.
Entertainment at Center Stage begins at 9am and won’t quit till we’re exhausted from kickn’up our heels that night with the Genovese Brothers. There will be many locals performing and, of course, the traditional Little Miss and Mister Contest sponsored by the Boulder City Ballet Company, as well as the beloved Bark in the Park with proceeds going to See Spot Run. When you’re not watching the stage, you can enjoy the exhilarating rides, strolling through the Arts and Crafts, Antiques in the Park, Pandraggers Rod Run car show and participating in the new “Paint a Dumpster” program. This year we’ve invited everyone to fill out an application in advance (available at the Chamber) and come and paint the side of a CLEAN dumpster that will be displayed here in Boulder City for one year. You might even get to witness a piece from an “up-and-coming” artist. Every year each of these fun events get bigger and better. And the best part of all, strolling through is all FREE. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy spring in BC than a fun family festival in the park.
Sunday will also be an amazingly full day of entertainment and fun. It’s my favorite time to walk around the Old Town area and visit with the merchants and restaurants. You can often see great sidewalk sales and enjoy a few minutes on a shady bench while people watching as our guests enjoy Boulder City.
So, this year will be the 34th Annual Spring Jamboree and the Chamber’s 79th year in business. We’re grateful to be a major business support system and assistant to so many wonderful community events in Boulder City. Thank you for doing your part by not only shopping local with our members, but also by participating in all the special events in our community. Events bring tourism, tourism brings revenue, and revenue means a healthy economy for BC.
Have a sensational spring and we’ll see you out hopping about in beautiful Boulder City.