Get ready for a rootin’, tootin’ good time |

Get ready for a rootin’, tootin’ good time

SILVERTHORNE – A verified good time – and more cowboys than you can shake a stick at – are on tap as the second annual Summit Daily News Community Fair returns Sunday, June 29.

If you’re hankerin’ for an event that includes everything from a western-themed murder mystery to a country cookout – not to mention loads of contests and activities for the kids) – the Community Fair promises a bit of something for everyone.

Held at the Silverthorne Pavilion from 4-9 p.m., the fair will feature a live band, fireside singalongs, horseshoe and roping contests and a whole array of authentic country flavor – with proceeds going to the 4-H, appropriately enough. So dress up in your finest cowboy duds and bring the kids along for an afternoon of family-friendly activity, complete with a western-style barbecue.

At the centerpiece of the event is a performance by Red Herring Productions, Colorado Springs’ masters of murder mystery. Don Moon, a performer and director with the group, says the Community Fair will feature “Murder at Salt Creek,” the company’s action-packed, audience-involved whodunnit.

“Our show takes place in Texas in 1870 and tells the story of the Naked brothers – Buck and Stark Naked – and a town that’s gone bad under the control of Sheriff Bull Lomax,” Moon says. “The whole thing wraps around the events of post-Civil War Texas and the battle between good and evil.”

Moon and his crew, dressed in authentic costumes, will come out at dinner and interact with the audience. Once they’ve gathered the information they need – with plenty of opportunity to poke fun at the good folks of Summit County – the actors will head back on stage for a largely improvised murder mystery that calls on the crowd to help solve the crime.

“Once the dead body drops, the audience is deputized and it all turns into a team competition,” Moon explains. “The teams will have a chance to interview the suspects – but just remember that only the murderer can lie. The whole thing is done for laughs.”

In addition to the cowboy murder mystery, the Community Fair also includes kid-friendly contests such as a watermelon seed-spitting event, a treasure hunt and events including gold panning and a pinata bash. Local entertainer Mike Fauth of the Keen and Fauth duo and his band will be providing live country-rock music throughout the night.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased in advance at the Silverthorne Recreation Center. Call (970) 262-7370 for more details.

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