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Let your imagination run wild at Colorado's newest Upcycled art and entertainment festival. Live competitions, music, and more!
Let your imagination run wild at Colorado's newest Upcycled art and entertainment festival. Live competitions, music, and more!
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We've already raised nearly $20,000 worth of sponsorship, acquired a venue, and are lining up artist and entertainers.                                                                                 NOW WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.  

WHERE: Sculpture Park, Denver CO.  WHEN:  October 11th & 12th 2014 

WHY:  Upcycling - Prevents TONS of waste from ending up in our landfills. Encourages creativity.  AND provides opportunity for artists and individuals to take a "waste" product and create objects of value from them.  And PalletFest brings it all together for the world to see.

Feel proud knowing you've helped launch the Ultimate Upcycle Event.  And enjoy the rewards we're offering for doing so.

For more details on the Sunglasses and other Upcycled rewards visit: Eqo Optics at  http://www.weareqo.com/ And Green Guru at http://www.greengurugear.com/

WHO:  Creating a festival requires a lot of work and a skilled team who can first put it together, and then, pull it off. That's why we're surrounding ourselves with numerous individuals and organizations that enable this to happen!  First, our partnerships between the City of Denver Arts and Venues Department http://artsandvenuesdenver.com/ , Metro Denver's Habitat for Humanity ReStores www.habitatmetrodenver.org/restore/, APEX Movement http://www.apexmovement.com/  and SustainAbility http://www.sustainability-recycling.com/ are all providing us with a variety of resources, man power, entertainment and advertising capabilities.   We have renowned artist and co-owner of Ventero OpenPress www.ventero.org/index2.html Randy Pijoan www.randypijoan.com/index.html Randy's skill has truly helped paint the picture of this event. He's designed our logo's flyers, posters and more. Randy's also designed for numerous festivals including the Taos Solar Fest as well as many Wide Spread Panic concerts. 

 And how bout this Kickstarter video folks? I agree, job well done - we have Lares Feliciano www.laresfeliciano.com to thank for it. Lares has produced a number of video's and is looking to expand into greater territory. She's wonderful and we couldn't have done this without her. If you've had a chance to explore our website www.palletfest.com we have Victoria Brunner to thank for it.  Victoria has her MBA in Sustainable business and is currently creating the first year round garden program IN THE NATION for the Boys and Girls Club.  She's a valued addition as she see's events like palletfest as a solution to some of our worlds problems and is therefore eagerly getting behind us to help make this a success. And let's not forget Kenny Fischer.  As the founder of Upcycle Events Kenny has been working to put the people and the pieces together. Ultimately it's the people that make the difference and with this team we're off to a really good start!

"I don't think outside the box, I think about what I can do WITH the box".
"I don't think outside the box, I think about what I can do WITH the box".
Upcycled sunglasses handcrafted from old skateboards
Upcycled sunglasses handcrafted from old skateboards

LONG TERM GOALS: 

 

As for Long term goals. PalletFest aims to become a National event. Using this Kickstarter campaign as well as final attendance and feedback will tell us how much interest and demand there is for a festival like this. If the support is there then you'll see us again next year. And as with any successful festival, the following years are sure to be better than the last. 

If your one of the millions of people right now saying 'What's all this hype about Upcycling?  How is it different from Recycling? And why in the world would I want to attend a festival about it?'

  Recycle - To convert waste into a reusable material, often of lesser quality.       Upcycle - To reuse discarded objects in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than it's original purpose.

In short, recycling requires lots of energy, whereas Upcycling simply requires imagination and creativity!  You can Upcycle just about anything, whether it's pallets, plastic bottles, tires, old clothing, metals, glass....Materials like this that are so commonly thrown away can be utilized to not only create art but often functional art like a beautifully crafted table or clothing or in this case, a FESTIVAL!

We're about to launch the first ever PalletFest!  There are a few other "recycled" arts Festivals out there but we're ready to call it as it really is and make the term Upcycle a new household name.  Upcycling encourages creativity, enables us to make things that are fun and functional, and it also prevents tons of waste from ending up in landfills. A whole new art world is opening up through Upcycling.  And PalletFest is looking to be at the forefront of this movement. 

THE MAIN EVENT:  SITES AND SOUNDS OF PALLETFEST.

PalletFest will be October 11th & 12th 2014.  At Sculpture Park in front of  the Denver Performing Arts Complex. It'll include numerous art and food vendors as well as a pallet maze, and a pallet amphitheater featuring live entertainment.    One of the main attractions to the event will be our Live Pallet Throwdown:  where teams will compete over this 2 day period to create some of the most amazing pallet art and furniture right before your eyes.  

There will be an Upcycle runway fashion show.  See fashion models hit the catwalk as they show off incredible, sophisticated, beautiful, one of a kind clothing and decor, all made from Upcycled materials.  The fashion show will occur on Saturday night and happen along side our headlining band.  

Along with that some of the more unique and exciting features will be our interactive expos. Things such as upcycled homes and gardens.  A sustainable living area.  And one of the Sickest Parkour and Free Running parks of it's kind, where you'll see athletes throwing themselves around in amazing fashion on an upcycled obstacle course.   

For the handyman, hobbyists and DIYers your heads will be swimming with everything you'll see.  Plus you'll get to enjoy our demonstrations and how too workshops which will cover a range of interests.  

We believe our lives can be constructed and surrounded by upcycled works.  Anyone rich or poor, young or old, and from any demographic can not only learn how to create something upcycled but can also figure out ways to provide for themselves in the process.  It could be through building furniture to use or sell or by building an entire house.  It can be through becoming an artist or by creating something that can actually solve problems. No matter who or where you are, you can Upcycle something to better your environment and your lives.  

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk is that of Mother Nature herself. PalletFest WILL happen. Budget constraints may determine the size of the event, and in a worst case scenario delay the date. However nothing will stop us from putting it on. That being said, this will be an outdoor event so bad weather is our biggest concern. Knowing this, we're going to do our best, to plan for the worst.
Other challenges will be that of creating and implementing the overall layout of the event. We'll be using thousands of pallets in this process, so making sure it all works and it's all safe is top priority.

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    Every Bit Helps: We truly appreciate you for supporting this cause and event. We look forward to sending you a thank you email and updates.

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    Let's Get This Going: To show our appreciation you'll receive a personalized thank you email and exclusive updates leading up to the event. You'll also receive our Sticker Bomb package. These stickers represent PalletFest. Post them with pride. You are some of the first people to make this event happen.

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    WELCOME TO PALLETFEST! You'll receive the thank you email, updates, and stickers, PLUS 2 passes into the Event. Bring a friend and enjoy the sites and sounds of our nation's Newest Upcycle Event.

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    A TRUE SUPPORTER! You'll receive all of the above PLUS our custom designed, limited edition PalletFest tee shirt. This shirt was created exclusively for backers of this project. It will not be re-printed or sold once the Kickstarter campaign is finished. Get it now and forever be one of the first people to brag about launching this incredible event!

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    THE FULL PACKAGE: This amazing deal is our thanks to you! For your pledge, you'll receive a personalized thank you email, exclusive updates, the sticker bomb package, 2 entry passes, our "true supporter" limited edition PalletFest tee shirt AND your choice of an Amazing Upcycled Item. You can either choose a cell / mp3 case, OR an Ipad / tablet case, OR a belt. All made from Upcycled bicycle tubes by Green Guru (see images on rewards graph) These are functional, fashionable and incredibly original items. Wear them with pride or give them as a gift! This is now your festival too.

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    VIP PACKAGE, LET THE FUN BEGIN: It's obvious you are Champions of PalletFest, so we want to reward you for it! Not only will you receive all of the above but you'll also get 2 VIP passes to the festival. This will include prime location for fashion show and headline entertainment, food and beverage coupons and more. Plus you'll receive a special gift from us at the event. We can't thank you enough but we can reward you for your support.

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    VIP + AN AMAZING UPCYCLED ITEM LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE:
    Ok so let me lay it out for you. First off, your incredible. You believe in this project and you want the rewards. It's a win win! At the $165+ level you'll receive the thanks, the updates, the stickers, the limited edition shirt, 2 entry and VIP passes, the special gift at the event AND...Your choice of one of these INCREDIBLE UpCycled Items. You can either get the Communter BackPack Made from Upcycled Bicycle tubes by Green Guru OR a custom pair of very stylish and beautifully handcrafted Upcycled Sunglasses made from Old Skateboards by EQO Optics. (See images for both on rewards graph.) Those Upcycled items are each valued close to $100. So considering you'll get that and everything else mentioned - it's an incredible deal! Wear your new gear with pride. I guarantee everyone will ask you about them.

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    This pledge is here for those of you that aren't as interested in the rewards but still want to show real support for this project. We're trying to create something big and impactful through PalletFest. And we aim to present it in the most entertaining fashion possible. If you donate at this level then you believe in and appreciate our vision. Along with our thanks, updates and 2 entry tickets. We're happy to offer a place for your name or company name on our pallet wall of sponsors at the event. If you'd rather remain anonymous then that's fine. No matter what, you have our immense love and gratitude for your support.

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    SPONSOR PACKAGE (first tier)! Your about to receive some incredible bang for your buck(s). It's obvious you see the potential of PalletFest. YES, we're going to draw the crowd and YES, it's going to get a lot of press. As a sponsor at this level you'll receive your name (or company name) on our website; A shout out on our social media site; Name on our event programs; and Pallet wall of sponsors. Plus 2 VIP passes, a limited edition PalletFest tee shirt AND an autographed PalletFest poster. This will be great exposure for you or your business and definitely something you'll be able to brag about. So does your company want in on it? Welcome to PalletFest Partner!

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    SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE (second tier)! The value only get's better! It's obvious you see the potential of PalletFest. YES, we're going to draw the crowd and YES, it's going to get a lot of press. As a sponsor at this level you'll receive your NAME AND LOGO (or company name / logo) on our website; An EXTRA shout out on our social media site; LOGO on our event programs; Name on Pallet Wall of Sponsors; AND YOUR COMPANY NAME ON OUR SPONSOR WALL FACING SPEER BLVD. Speer is one of Denver's busiest streets. You'll be associated with an incredible event and be seen by the masses. You'll also receive 2 VIP passes, 2 limited edition PalletFest tee shirts AND an autographed PalletFest poster. This will be great exposure for you or your business, and fun for everyone involved. So does your company want in on this? Welcome to PalletFest Partner!

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