Tasting summer in South Routt

— Oak Creek's Decker Park was full of smiling faces, wet children and the sweet smells of a summer barbecue.

Saturday's ninth annual Taste of South Routt drew more than 400 people, organizer David Bonfiglio said.

"It's good old small-town fun in the park," he said. "That's what we're all about."

The daylong celebration attracted more food and vendor booths than any previous Taste of South Routt.

"So far, we've had lines at every single one of our booths, as well as it should be," he said. "Everyone seems to be having a pretty good time."

Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman said the Taste of South Routt is an event the entire South Routt community looks forward to.

"It's great for us to see all of our businesses out on such a beautiful day and all of our families picnicking together," she said.

Spending time with her family was exactly what Oak Creek resident Toni Amrein planned to do Saturday.

The Taste of South Routt "is different every year. This one is really great," she said. "We just take the day off and come down for the cheap food and beer."

Amrein said she likes the small-town feel of the Taste of South Routt because it gives her an opportunity to talk to her neighbors and friends.

"What's nice is you can come here with your family but see everyone you know. It's all about being relaxed and having fun," she said.

One of the things that draws people to the event is the variety of activities, Amrein said.

"I love that they have all the stuff for the kids. It's hard to find events that please every member of your family," she said.

Saturday's events included music from local band 3-Wire and musician Cary Kamperschroer, as well as face painting, the popular Soroco High School musical chairs, a clown, dunk booth, train engine simulator and a preview performance of the Paradigm Theater's rendition of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

Despite warm summer wea--ther, the cast burst into dance in the middle of the lawn to do the Time Warp.

As the crowd gyrated to the commands of "Step to the left" and "Jump to the right," the dance gained in popularity. Before long, nearly everyone in the park was doing it.

"Most of the people I've spoken with have had personal reminiscence about their own experiences seeing" The Rocky Horror Picture Show, said theater owner Barbi Bonfiglio.

The show is scheduled to begin and run through Labor Day weekend.

Oak Creek resident Tom Bleuer said the brief performance was just one of many things that make the Taste of South Routt special.

"I think this is a better gathering than ever before. I love the sense of community and camaraderie," he said. "It's peaceful."

"We had a great turnout. Everything was just fantastic," David Bonfiglio said.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.ccom

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