Queen Creek approves $44,900 to finance Vintage and Vino, Messy Fest and other events

Lemonade Days was introduced in 2015 as part of the town of Queen Creek's Festival Partnership Program. Four new community events were approved for 2015-16 were approved by the Queen Creek Town Council.

Lemonade Days was introduced in 2015 as part of the town of Queen Creek’s Festival Partnership Program. Four new community events were approved by the FPP Subcommittee for 2015-16.


Four new events are coming to the town of Queen Creek after being approved by the town’s Festival Partnership Program. The Queen Creek Farmer’s Market; Vintage and Vino; Bacon, Brews and Blues Festival and Messy Fest will receive funding through the FPP. Starting as early as this October and running through next spring, each event appeals to a variety of interests, according to a press release.

The town’s investment to finance the events totals $44,900.

The partnership program is designed to attract festivals and events to the community to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for town residents. The program serves as an economic development tool, with the town helping to share the risks of starting new events through financial sponsorship.

“The Festival Partnership Program is an innovative program that will help bring unique events to Queen Creek,” Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney said in the release. “The events approved in the previous cycle were a success and we are looking forward to enjoying more great events this coming year.”

The Queen Creek Farmers Market received $9,000 in sponsorship. Scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays from Oct. 4 through March 27 at the Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, the event will offer Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables along with local vendors. Admission will be free. On occasion, the event will also offer entertainment, games and food trucks. It will be produced by Sunny Markets.

Vintage and Vino received $11,000 in sponsorship and will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23-24 at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek. Produced by Levitate, the two-day event will feature a vintage market with a variety of vendors including furniture, household items, handmade goods, paint and signs. There will also be a farmers market, wine tasting, champagne tasting and entertainment. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local nonprofit organization, according to the release.

The Bacon, Brews, and Blues Festival received $14,900 in sponsorship. It is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. Also produced by Levitate, the event will include food, craft beer and rhythm-and-blues music.

Messy Fest received $10,000 in sponsorship. It is scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Founders’ Park. The family fun festival will include all things messy including clay-mud pie-making, a bubble zone, pizza toss and shaving cream fun. The event will also include food vendors and music.

Approved in the previous partnership program cycle, Lemonade Days attracted a variety of residents and visitors for the 2015 event. Produced by HDE, the two-part event included free activities in the afternoon with live entertainment, games and vendors in the evening for a nominal admission. A 2016 event is planned; however, the date has not been announced.

The Queen Creek “Feastival,” a food truck festival, was also approved in the previous partnership program cycle and is held 5:30–9 p.m. on Saturdays at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre. Produced by Udder Delights, LLC, the weekly events include 15-30 food trucks, live music, art and boutique vendors.

Applications for the partnership program were reviewed by the Festival Partnership Program Subcommittee. Selections were based on a variety of criteria including the economic impact on the community, the events impact on Queen Creek’s image and proven ability to deliver, according to the release.

To stay updated on events and activities in Queen Creek, visit the town’s website.

What do you think? Which of these events are you looking forward to the most? E-mail the Independent at qcnews@newszap.com and let us know.

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