Guthrie Center holds annual 50115 Fest
Guthrie Center opened up its downtown area once again Saturday afternoon for carnival games, face painting, balloon animals, jumpy castles, cornhole and more.
For Guthrie Center’s fourth annual 50115 Fest, organizers switched the event from Friday to Saturday to accommodate residents’ feedback that it was tough to make it to the event after work, said Dana Buster, executive director of Main Street Guthrie Center.
And that wasn’t the only change this year.
The festival offered a carnival for kids with face painting from Fancy Cheeks Face Painting by Ann, balloon animals from Zounds the Clown, three musical acts, food from both Cabbage Rose in Guthrie Center and Curbin’ Cuisine, a food truck from Des Moines, and more.
The day began at 3 p.m. with carnival games, painting and more. A $5 wristband got attendees into the games, but all other activities were free, Buster said.
Tommy Lewis, Paul Hawkins and Boomtown Riot provided live music throughout the day.
A drawing was offered, with prizes given away every hour from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.. Boomtown Riot’s performance ended the night at 11 p.m.
This year’s theme: A backyard party.
Main Street Guthrie Center wanted friends, neighbors, families and everyone else to come out, mingle and have a good time, Buster said.
Erla Hawkins, a Guthrie Center resident, said she invited her sister, niece and her niece’s kids from Kansas City to come and enjoy the 50115 Fest.
Hawkins said she attends the fest every year because of the friendly atmosphere and her desire to support Guthrie Center.
Kansas City doesn’t have a comparable event, so she wanted her family to experience Guthrie Center’s small downtown festival, she said.
“It was a good idea to bring the kids down here, so they could experience it in a small town,” Hawkins said.
The 50115 Fest serves as a spotlight to show off Guthrie’s downtown and everything the city has to offer, Buster said.
“It’s just really to bring attention that we have lots of good shops and restaurants on our main street, and to keep more people to coming to town, and know we’re here,” she said. “I think it’s a good thing for kids to have memories of having really fun things in their hometown. I think it builds up to have everyone together, and they’re out and talking.”