Summer giving expands at longtime festival

The 47th annual People’s Fair took over Civic Center Park

Staff report
Posted 7/5/18

Denver residents kicked off summer once again with the city’s longest running neighborhood festival. This was the second year that Team Player Productions organized the People’s Fair. Capitol …

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Summer giving expands at longtime festival

The 47th annual People’s Fair took over Civic Center Park

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Denver residents kicked off summer once again with the city’s longest running neighborhood festival.

This was the second year that Team Player Productions organized the People’s Fair. Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods founded the festival in 1972, but handed over event planning and production to Team Player in early 2017. CHUN still holds the permit for the event.

Kristen Horpedahl, communications director for the People’s Fair, said that this year the company expanded on its bar programming. The proceeds from liquor sales benefited nine different nonprofits.

The nonprofits brought in volunteers to run the bar booths at the festival. LaKeshia Hodge, co-founder of the Stuggle of Love Foundation, said festivals are one of the largest fundraising drivers for her organization.

She started the organization in 2008 with her husband, Joel. Struggle of Love works with low-income and underprivileged individuals who may not qualify for other programs. Hodge said the nonprofit frequently participates in festivals around Denver.

“We need the support from festivals like this to raise funds to keep our programs going,” she said.

The festival, held June 1-3, had three stages scattered throughout Civic Center Park, with the main stage sitting in front of the Denver City and County Building. Horpedahl said the company has experience booking bands through the Taste of Fort Collins. Team Player also added a Friday night concert.

“It’s something for everyone,” Horpedahl said. “We try and book different bands every year just to keep it fresh.”

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