2-time astronaut to be part of ceremony at Glen Eyrie Patriots’ Fest

       The schedule has been announced for the second annual Patriots' Festival Saturday, Sept. 10, including the recent addition of Colonel (Ret.) Michael T. Good, a two-time astronaut.
       Timed for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the United States, the free event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Glen Eyrie, 3820 N. 30th St., will honor people who serve in the military or as police or firefighters.
       Paid registrations are also being taken to join a pre-event bicycle ride (14 or 28 miles in length) to and from Glen Eyrie, for which participants are encouraged to dress patriotically.

The layout for the Patriots' Festival Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Glen Eyrie property off 30th Street is shown on this map, which can also be found on the event's website at patriotsfestival.com.
Courtesy of Patriots’ Festival

       “I'm impressed with the amount of community support we've received,” said Torie Giffin, the organizer for Chick-Fil-A, the chief event sponsor. “People want to be involved. I think anybody who is part of the military, police or fire communities will be really touched. And through the festival and bike ride, I hope they walk away feeling the appreciation from people for the work they do every day.”
       According to a Space Foundation press release, Good served on the crew of STS-125, the final Space Shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, and on the crew of STS-132 to the International Space Station. He has logged 25 days in space and nearly 30 hours on four spacewalks.
       Good will be part of a ceremony starting at noon that will address the event theme and include another speaker, Major General (Ret.) Bentley Rayburn, president of Colorado Technical University and former president of the Home Front Cares military charity.
       Chick-fil-A will be donating a percentage of sales at all five of its Colorado Springs restaurants that day to the local Firefighters Foundation and Peace Officers Memorial and to Home Front Cares.
       Also going to those charities will be a proceeds from the bike ride. Last year's inaugural Patriots' Festival attracted about 400 riders, and Giffin said advance signups indicate there will be more this year.
       Recently announced as part of the festival's musical line-up festival is Ty Stone, a Detroit-area musician who is becoming known for a country-rock single, “American Style.”
       He is scheduled to play at 2:15 p.m. Other scheduled live music are the Back Row (an a capella group from Colorado College) at 11:30 a.m. and Mango Fan Django (a local band with Latin, swing and jazz influences) at 12:45 p.m.
       The cost to join the bicycle ride is $40. Available are two set routes - the longer one that includes a 2,200-foot elevation gain and the shorter one that follows the Sinton and Pikes Peak Greenway trails. Kids are welcome to join a free circuit of about one mile inside Glen Eyrie. To register for the rides, go to patriotsfestival.com or call Chick-fil-A at 650-5114.
       The festival activities at Glen Eyrie will chiefly take place on the large Sports Green. Because of limited parking at the property, which is owned by the Navigators Christian organization, festival attendees will be directed to the Verizon parking lot at 30th Street and Garden of the Gods Road, with free shuttle buses bringing people back and forth.
       Other scheduled festival activities will include:
  • 11:50 a.m., demonstration by the Air Force Saber Drill Team.
  • Noon, UCCS ROTC Color Guard, as part of the ceremony at that time.
  • All day -
           - Demonstrations by Flight for Life, K-9 units and the El Paso County Mounted Horse Unit.
           - Displays of various police, fire and military vehicles.
           - Kid Zone, including a bounce house, rock climbing, fire slide and obstacle course.
           - Face painting by cheerleaders from five local high schools.
           - Blood donations (accepted by the Penrose Blood Bank)
           - Vendors on site, with a percentage of their proceeds being donated to the charities.

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