50115 Fest brings downtown Guthrie Center alive
This year’s 50115 Fest in Guthrie Center had a little something for everyone.
“Everyone had a really good time, although it was warm, people still came out,” said Dana Buster, Executive Director of Main Street Guthrie Center, who helped plan the event, since joining the MSGC staff in March, 2017.
This year’s event held on Friday, June 9, along State Street in Guthrie Center, included games and activities such as a bags tournament, face painting, spin art, and inflatables.
Keith West’s magic show, which featured some locals, entertained both kids and adults, and Tyler Richton & the High Bank Boys, a country band from Iowa, kept the crowd entertained from 8-12 p.m. Both the magician and the band were free to the public this year.
“The kids really enjoyed the magic show,” Buster said. “Everyone really enjoyed the band. There was good entertainment.”
Buster said it’s tough to know just how many people attended with events from 5 p.m. until midnight all around the downtown, but said it was nice to see a crowded street.
“That’s the ultimate goal,” she said.
Street vendors from local businesses sold food and retail items. Buster said she’s glad local businesses have the opportunity to be vendors at the festival.
“A lot of people may notice businesses that they might not have noticed were there before,” she said. “Some stores stay open later, and so they’re able to take advantage of the crowd that’s downtown.”
The ACGC Fine Arts Department hosted their first annual GLO-FAR (Glow Fine Arts Run) 5K run/walk in conjunction with the 50115 Fest on Friday at 9:00 p.m. The race started from the south parking lot at the high school and finished on State Street at the 50115 Fest. Students, families, and community members of all ages participated. All proceeds from the run will go towards the Fine Arts Department at ACGC schools.
“We had a 140 participants,” said Kelsey Moran, who teaches speech and drama at ACGC high school and who helped organize the run. “Thank you to all of our fine arts supporters and volunteers who made this event possible.”
Buster said the run was a great addition to the 50115 Fest this year.
“They had a great turnout for their first year,” she said.
The first 50115 Fest occurred on May 1, 2015 in celebration of the date matching the Guthrie Center ZIP code. The event was so successful that people wanted to make the festival an annual occurrence.
Funding for the event has been raised through public donations and sponsorship. A list of the sponsors and donation amounts can be found on the MSGC website.
Main Street Guthrie Center is currently holding its primary donation campaign to support local projects and historical preservation. Anyone wishing to donate can mail in a donation or donate through the MSGC website.
“We’ve been receiving donations and have good support,” Buster said. “We have some big projects planned.”