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It wasn't exactly ideal weather , but that didn't stop people from kicking the summer off in typical Boulder style.The 30th Annual Boulder Creek Festival got off to a rainy but raucous start on Saturday. Despite the weather and the rejiggering of some of...

Boulder whets appetite for summer fun as creek festival sees soggy start

It wasn't exactly ideal weather , but that didn't stop people from kicking the summer off in typical Boulder style.The 30th Annual Boulder Creek Festival got off to a rainy but raucous start on Saturday. Despite the weather and the rejiggering of some of...

Boulder whets appetite for summer fun as creek festival sees soggy start

It wasn't exactly ideal weather , but that didn't stop people from kicking the summer off in typical Boulder style.

The 30th Annual Boulder Creek Festival got off to a rainy but raucous start on Saturday. Despite the weather and the rejiggering of some of the event areas due to ongoing construction along the Boulder Creek, festivalgoers declared it a success.

"It's an impressive turnout," said Liam Roper. "Good beer, good food, what's not to like?"

Roper and Gabby Johnson are from Longmont and were attending their first-ever Boulder Creek Festival.

"I had a buddy from work who said I should come check it out," Roper said.

Added Johnson, "It's been pretty awesome so far. We still have a lot of stuff to check out, so we need to walk around more."

While some were experiencing the festival for the first time, others were making a triumphant return. Brian Bauer used to go to the festival when he was attending college in Boulder, but he returned this weekend along with festival-newbie Brenda Campuzano.

"It's still fun, like it always was," said Bauer.

While Bauer was a festival veteran, he did get to try something new, as he took a spin at walking on water in a giant plastic bubble. While he and Campuzano might have had an age advantage on some of the kids also in the pool with them, it was still harder than it looked.

"Let's just say, it definitely felt like learning to walk again," Bauer said.

Added Campuzano, "I fell down even when I was crawling."

Most of the kids' events had been moved over to the Boulder High soccer fields, including a bungee-trampoline set-up. Wearing Wonder Woman facepaint, 9-year-old Alice Parks soared above the festival.

"It was pretty fun," she said. "Jumping on the trampoline is cool, and I did a triple back-flip."

Alice's father, Joe, said they have been coming to the Boulder Creek Festival for the last four or five years.

"We've been coming every year, walking up and down the creek," he said.

Parks said their family recently moved out of Boulder, but despite the longer commute and the forecast, they kept the tradition going.

"We knew we might only get some sun and we had to drive," Parks said. "But it was definitely worth it."

The festival continues Sunday and on Monday.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars

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