Wild West Fest
The Reverence of the Dance, by Julee M. Hutchison, on display and available for sale at the Sheridan Opera House!
The Sheridan Arts Foundation invites you to be a part of one of the most meaningful and exciting festivals of the Telluride community, the annual Wild West Fest. The 29th annual Wild West Fest will take place June 8-13, 2020 in beautiful southwest Colorado.
Since 1991, the Sheridan Arts Foundation has raised more than $40,000 each year to bring 40-50 underserved youth from Boys & Girls Clubs from around the country to Telluride for a week of nurturing, child-centered mentorship programs and fascinating cultural experiences as a part of the Chip Allen Mentorship Program (C.A.M.P). Children travel from cities across the United States, including Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Farmington N.M., Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Colorado Springs.
Here in Telluride, we enjoy many privileges, and Wild West Fest is a chance to share our community with kids who can really benefit from what it has to offer. This is our chance to open our town and our hearts to kids in need. The goal of the Sheridan Arts Foundation every year is to provide an esteem-building experience for each child that allows them to challenge themselves in a supportive and non-competitive environment.
For many of these kids, this trip to Telluride marks their first time out of their home cities, their first time on an airplane, their first real vacation or first summer camp experience. Kids who come to the Wild West Fest learn about themselves, the world and the possibilities that exist.
During their week in Telluride, these kids work with nurturing mentors in the fields of drama, dance, horsemanship, fly fishing, outdoor adventure and music, as well as take part in exciting outdoor adventures and meaningful cultural experiences.
Last year, we welcomed 36 kids from four groups for Wild West Fest 2019- check out our schedule from last year to get a sense of what our kids get to experience during this magical week:
2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
MONDAY, JUNE 3
Youth and counselors arrive from Wichita Falls, TX, Denver, CO, & Nucla/Naturita, CO
TUESDAY, JUNE 4
9 A.M. Elks Park Orientation
10 A.M. – 3 P.M. WWF CAMP
5 – 7 P.M. Wild West Fest Kick-Off Celebration and BBQ in Town Park for participants, supporters, sponsors and open to the public
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
9 A.M. – 3 P.M. WWF CAMP
5:30 – 8 P.M. Schmid Ranch Western BBQ & Pig Roast for participants, supporters and sponsors (Catered by Oak)
THURSDAY, JUNE 6
9 A.M. – 3 P.M. WWF CAMP
5 P.M. Dinner at Rustico Ristorante
7 P.M. WWF Showcase & Shindig in the Sheridan Opera House:
Native American dance troupe Yellowbird and WWF youth perform for the public
8 P.M. Neyla Pekarek, formerly of the Lumineers, performs with her band at The Sheridan Opera House
Tickets are $25 for GA seated on the main floor and $35 reserved seat in the balcony.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7
9 A.M. – 3 P.M. Circle K Ranch for WWF Youth; featuring hikes, games and horseback rides
4-4:30 p.m. private screening of Scott Ransom film at the Sheridan Opera House
5:30-8 P.M. Pool party in Telluride Town Park
Help Us Help A Child
The Wild West Fest is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for each and every one of our children, most of whom have never traveled out of their own home town. From its inception, it has been the Sheridan Arts Foundation's goal to make money a non-determining factor in their participation.
The SAF, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, has taken on the task of providing all lodging, meals and transportation in and around Telluride, as well as admittance to each event free of charge to the youth throughout our week-long festival.
In 2019, the WWF Mentorship Program Scholarship Awards provided by the Sheridan Arts Foundation totalled almost $40,000. You too can make a difference in a child's life with a much needed donation to the SAF's Wild West Fest.
Your generous contribution of $1,000 will allow one child to participate in the SAF's Wild West Fest in its entirety. As an expression of our gratitude, sponsors will receive 2 VIP tickets to each of the 2020 Wild West Fest events as well as a tax donation letter from the Sheridan Arts Foundation.
Those interested in pledging their support for the Wild West Fest should contact Ronnie Palamar by calling (970) 728-6363 ext. 1 or emailing Ronnie@sheridanoperahouse.com
or click below to donate online. All proceeds benefit the production of the Wild West Fest.
To learn more about our program check out this promo piece produced by Telluride TV.
For more information:
Please call Maggie Stevens at (970) 728-6363 ext. 3 for more information about the Wild West Fest or to sponsor a child.
DONATIONS CAN BE SENT TO:
Sheridan Arts Foundation
PO Box 2680
Telluride, CO 81435
Here's what some of our past participants have to say about their experiences in our program:
"Wild West Fest helped me to see a part of the world I never saw before. It also made me be able to meet new people and create new friendships that hopefully will last a lifetime. It opened my eyes to a new beginning" - Marcus, Atlanta, age 15
"Everyone in the whole town treated us like we were really important, and it felt good!" - Valerie, Farmington NM, age 14
"I loved everything about our trip to Telluride. I will remember most the kindness that everyone showed me." - Heather, Denver, age 15
"It was fun meeting kids from small towns and big towns, everyone got along so well with each other. I liked the Opera House, it was fun to be able to perform on the stage." - Brandon, Atlanta, age 13
"This place made me feel like a princess!" - Alta, Atlanta, age 10