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(Photo by David Manning/Daily Planet file) Telluride could become home to yet another event this summer; the Telluride Tie-the-Knot festival. The festival was approved and is on the Town of Telluride’s Commission for Community Assistance, Arts and Special Events (CCAASE) calendar. Now, festival organizer Bret West is seeking venue approval from the Town of Mountain Village to set up a conference tent at the Oak Street Gondola Station. The event is scheduled for June 14-17, and would target “brides-to-be” trying to plan a mountain-destination wedding. According to the event’s CCAASE calendar application, the festival is planning for 100-250 attendees. “The whole idea is to think about this festival a little bit like a trade show for local vendors,” West said. “(It would) bring people (to town) who are coming to consider Telluride or are planning a wedding. They are coming for three or four days and they are spending time with wedding planners, cake bakers, musicians and photographers, and are able to see their wares … and interact with them.” West said the festival would be a way to “take the edge off” for those planning destination weddings, allowing future brides to envision what their ceremony might look like with tours of wedding venues and photography locations. West — who owns a home in Mountain Village and lives in Houston, Texas — said he views the festival as an opportunity to bring newcomers to town. “I can’t think of a more beautiful thing to associate Telluride with than something so incredible like a wedding,” he said. “To me, this is an opportunity where you are bringing in whole new fresh faces into the town who will be (booking) lodging and restaurants for the event itself, but more than anything else it creates a funnel because once you go to Telluride once, it is highly likely you are going to want to come back.” He admits that adding another festival to the calendar may not sit well with everyone. “There are a lot of people I think that just don’t want (Telluride) to prosper — don’t want it to grow — and I get that,” he said. “And there are others that when you think about capitalism or whatever and the great schools that make Telluride, it’s because you do have a lot of people that come and spend money … and pay taxes. “To me either the residents of Telluride will love it or hate it.” In other CCAASE news, the Telluride Fire Festival has rescheduled its dates from January 2018 to December 2018. Festival organizer Erin Ries said the new dates (Dec. 8-10) were due to an issue with venue space used to host the annual Fire Ball. Both the spaces at the St.
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