The 16th Annual Michelob Ultra New West Fest in
Historic Old Town Fort Collins kicked off the fall
season with a bang, celebrating the city’s 131st
“This is the first time I went to the New West Fest
and I thought it was very interesting,” said Airn
Tolnay, a sophomore microbiology major. “I liked
walking around and checking out all the different
shops and listening to the different types of music.”
With more than 120,000 people attending the event, the New
West Fest is Northern Colorado’s largest festival.
“It’s became very popular because all of Northern
Colorado can come together and be a part of the
festivities and have a good time viewing all the fine
arts and crafts as well as seeing all the talented
entertainers from all around the Northern Colorado
Region,” said Peggy Lyle, event coordinator for the
Downtown Business Association. “It presents people
with the opportunity to give back to the community and
go out and do something nice for the place they call
People filled Old Town Square to see the entertainers
and listen to music on the main stage. Cabaret
Diosa took the stage Saturday evening
as the audience salsa-danced through the rain.
“They brought energy and entertaining music to the
area,” said Junaid Subzwari, an electrical engineer for
Texas Instruments. “They’re very talented musicians,
and I thought they were the best part of the
Other musicians included Kelly Aspen,
Mojo Mama, Kenny Cordova and the Olde Rock Band, Bayou
Folk, the Lighthouse Band and several other artists.
Andes Fusion, a band with musical roots in South America, was one of the many bands to bring an ethnic flair to the stage.
“We’ve been coming here to the New West Fest for about
five years now,” said Carlos Valdez, member of Andes
Fusion. “We have a lot of fun every year and enjoy
playing our music for the people here.
Continuous entertainment on four stages and
two beer gardens catered to those of age, while the
First National Bank Kids’ World, a children’s
carnival, entertained the kids with inflatable dragons
and carnival rides.
“We had over 300 shops and booths with a variety of
arts and crafts as well as several permanent shops so
everyone could really take advantage of the variety of
shopping,” Lyle said. “We also had just about
every type of food anyone could imagine, from eastern
Indian Cuisines to food from local restaurants.”
The New West Fest brought thousands of people together
among the preserved historic buildings that date
back to the 17th century.
“The New West Fest showed everyone a good time as well
as promoting the downtown area and raising money to
support future events like the holiday lights, Santa’s
house, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown concerts
and a lot more,” Lyle said. “The event brought
people from all around and really showed them the
vitality of Fort Collins and what a wonderful place it