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Summertime entertainment listings read like a to-do list: Squeeze in some live music? Check. Drink beer until your belly distends? Check.

Hang out with friends? Play with the kiddies? Enjoy the outdoors? Contemplate the art of gator wrestling?

Just check them all.

Thankfully, summer festivals abound to ensure that you can cram all of these activities and more into one outing. This year's Hoopla, a free community event best thought of as a smaller Springspree, is no exception.

Hoopla began three years ago as a 10th birthday bash for the Indy and has morphed into an annual hullabaloo featuring music, food and gift vendors, with plenty of appeal to folks of all ages. This year, Hoopla-goers convene on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 1 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Pioneers Museum.

Adults might feel slighted by the Kids Kalliope, a children's interactive play area sponsored by elope, Inc., that features clowns, magic and science, plus fun with Kempo Karate, Dave the Horn Guy, Colorado Gators and Manitou Art Theater. Karate and clowns? No fair!

But grown-ups should have no problem letting go of their envious inklings at the Bristol Beer Garden of delights, and with live music organized by The Leechpit. This year Hoopla will showcase indie artys Spoken Daggers, acoustic champions Lucian Rowland and Gretchen Wagner, dreamy pop by Eyes Caught Fire, Xanthe & Settie's roots experience, and blues by Magic Dave & Friends.

Hoopla is designed to give nonprofits a platform to interact with the community and to raise awareness and funds for a couple of worthy causes. They include Compassion for Kids, a local organization that assists southern Colorado families that have children going through cancer treatments, and the Independent Community Partnership, a nonprofit that supports other up-and-coming southern Colorado nonprofits.

See? You can be socially conscious while eating funnel cakes.

-- Kara Luger

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The Independent's third annual Hoopla

The Pioneers Museum lawn at Tejon Street and Vermijo Avenue

Saturday, Aug. 20, 1-7 p.m.

Free; all ages.

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