Out of the gate, George Streetfest on Main looks to be a successful community event and one that is here to stay.
Aug. 7 Bands & Entertainment Announced
Returning Aug. 7, the Precision Hearing Main Street Concert on Main Street will feature southern Utah’s own Brickwalker, with guest bands Quiet Oaks of Salt Lake City, and Holy Water Buffalo of Heber, Utah. The opening act is yet to be announced.
Music at the Zion Brewing Company Jazz Garden is coordinated by Carlyle Potter of West Coast Jazz, and includes an educational Jazz Appreciation hour from 6-7 p.m., and special guest Mami Hope Dalton. The Jazz Garden is located at Ancestor Square and offers an option to George Streetfest for adults including live music and tapas paired with locally brewed beer and wine options.
According to George Streetfest booking agent Ryan Groskreutz, “We are committed to keeping the entertainment fresh each month with a solid mix of local musicians and entertainers, as well as visiting artists.”
George Lookalike Contest Aug. 7
The August Streetfest will also feature what organizers are hoping will be a community cloning of the event mascot. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to come dressed like George, with the winner receiving stage honors from the mayor and Town Crier, as well as prizes donated by downtown businesses. Prize winning categories are: Best Mustache, Best Bowtie, and Best Bowler Hat.
The event mascot is characterized by a signature bowler hat, dark rim glasses, prominent mustache, and bowtie. George represents the historical roots of the southern Utah community – when the town was founded in the late 1800’s, the bowler hat commonly worn. Considered the first cowboy hat of the West, the bowler can be spotted in many of the city’s historical photos.
“The history of St. George City is charming and filled with interesting pioneer characters,” said George Streetfest Designer and Presenter Melynda Thorpe. “This event is designed to celebrate elements of town history as we gather together each month to dance, sing, eat and celebrate just as city founders did.”
The first Friday event launched in June with an estimated 2,500 attendees, and followed in July with an approximation of 5,000 by Mayor Jon Pike. Jazz Garden attendance grew from 440 in June, to 650 attendees in July.
Watch the 2 minute July video recap by GeorgeTV.
Read a review of the event by The Spectrum News Editor, Steve Kiggins.