PFAC Kentucky Derby Fundraiser May 5
Seattleís The Good Co. to Headline Concert
by Pinedale Fine Arts Council
May 2, 2018
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC) will host their annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser on Saturday, May 5 at the Sublette County Fair Grounds. Proceeds benefit PFACís extensive school arts programs in Pinedale and Big Piney. This yearís event happens to fall on Cinco de Mayo, so itís twice the party.
Centered around the actual Kentucky Derby, the PFAC event starts with a full broadcast of the Derby on a giant television followed by a 6-team stick horse obstacle race featuring local businesses as the jockeys.
After the race is a full 4-course dinner (this year Sue Eversull is making beef brisket and tons of homemade desserts) and when 7pm rolls around the live music and dancing starts. Add in a custom photo booth, a hat contest, and (this year only) a sombrero contest and youíll have a pretty good grasp of the event.
"Itís pretty crazy when you think about all the different things we try to pull off," Tim Ruland, PFAC Marketing/Outreach Director says. "Itís really five or six events crammed into one and thatís before you even get to the music."
This yearís music headliner is Seattle, WA six-piece electro-swing ensemble The Good CO. The Good Co. is the United States' first live Electro Swing Band. That new old sound, Electro Swing combines the era of illicit booze, jitterbugging flappers, and underground speakeasies with the funky beats and the electric sound of today's dance music. At Good Co performances it's quite common for such things as beatboxing harmonica jams, onstage dance parties, and crowd sing-alongs to spontaneously break out.
And while the Derby Fundraiser bills itself as Sublette Countyís biggest party, at the heart of the event is PFACís school programs which, in the past three years, have reached every single student in every single grade in the county.
"Reports by the College Board show creativity is among the top five applied skills sought by business leaders Ė with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring" says PFAC Director Kari DeWitt. "Itís not just that the students enjoy these programs and the teachers request them year after year. Itís that exposure to the arts is setting them up for success later in life, and thatís powerful."
Tickets for PFACís Kentucky Derby Fundraiser are $40 per adult or $25 per student and available at Office Outlets (Pinedale & Big Piney), the Cowboy Shop, Pine Coffee Supply and online at www.pinedalefinearts.com.
PFAC is also happy to announce that they will be offering both a shuttle service to and from the full event as well as on-site childcare for just $10 per child. Reservations are required. Both services can be booked at pinedalefinearts.com under the eventís ticket purchase section or call the PFAC office.
For those who just want to catch the The Good CO. concert portion of the evening, just show up at 7 p.m. and pay $10 at the door. Be sure to bring your danciní shoes!