Frisco celebrates fall with Beetle Festival

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Frisco, Colo. (AP) - Some towns mark fall with Octoberfest celebrations. The Town of Frisco is celebrating the pine beetle, the tiny bug that has infested tens of thousands of acres of trees across the central Colorado mountains.

The town about 70 miles west of Denver plans its second ``Beetlefest'' Sept. 12. Events include the Beetle Stomp Fun Run, music and a show by logrolling, axe-throwing lumberjacks.

Frisco isn't making light of the bark beetle epidemic that has devastated more than 2 million acres of pine trees. The town is in the middle of some of the hardest-hit forests.

Tim Bock, Frisco's marketing and communications director, says the festival is a chance to raise awareness. It will also raise money for a volunteer group that works on forest projects.

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