Tiny House Festival returns for third year

More than 40 small living structures on display June 21-23 at Adams County Fairgrounds

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Posted 5/7/19

More than 40 small living structures, from tiny houses on wheels to container homes, will be on display at the Colorado Tiny House Festival, returning for its third year June 21-23 at the Adams …

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Tiny House Festival returns for third year

More than 40 small living structures on display June 21-23 at Adams County Fairgrounds

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More than 40 small living structures, from tiny houses on wheels to container homes, will be on display at the Colorado Tiny House Festival, returning for its third year June 21-23 at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Other structures on display will be skoolies, van conversions, gypsy wagons, teardrops, yurts and more. The festival also will debut its Camping Corner and a Skoolie Build Workshop.

Camping Corner will showcase the latest small living structures that can serve as your tiny home away from home. Camp in style with gypsy wagons, yurts, teardrop campers, teepees, van conversions, and more.

The hands-on Skoolie Build/bus conversion workshop will feature experts who have completed multiple conversions and live in their skoolies. Workshop attendees will learn about choosing the right vehicle for their needs, gutting an old bus (including seat, floor, wall, and ceiling panel removal), insulation, plumbing and electrical, off-grid systems, framing and interior planning. They will have an opportunity to discuss different aspects of bus life and get their hands dirty with real life bus conversion. The workshop is limited to 50 people. Registration includes weekend admission to the Colorado Tiny House Festival.

In its first two years, the Colorado Tiny House Festival drew crowds of more than 20,000 each year. The event is now being hosted by the newly established Colorado Tiny House Association.

Art Laubach, Colorado Tiny House Festival organizer and director at the association, is working to organize the tiny living movement in Colorado and help make tiny home living legal throughout the state.

“Tiny home living is becoming a bigger deal in Colorado,” Laubach said in a news release. “Durango’s first tiny-home community, Escalante Village, was recently announced, the small-home community Creede America continues to expand, many mountain towns have built tiny homes to rent to workers as affordable housing options, the town of Lyons recently approved an ordinance allowing a limited number of tiny homes to be used as accessory dwelling units, and now the town of Fountain is considering adopting zoning rules for tiny homes.

“As tiny home living expands it is critical to have an association that organizes all parties involved and represents the industry as a whole.”

The Colorado Tiny House Festival will blend the spirit of the tiny living movement with the most up-to-date information on going tiny, simplifying your life, minimalistic living, and living greener. In addition to tours of nearly 40 unique small living structures, attendees will enjoy expert speaker presentations, hands-on workshops, a product and service marketplace, entertainment, food, drink, and more.

A home is considered “tiny” if it has less than 600 square feet of living space. In contrast to average American homes, which have grown larger over time despite shrinking family sizes, tiny homes deliberately push the edge of low-space living. Financial advantages of tiny homes include low construction and land costs, low utilities and upkeep.

The festival will be open from noon to 5 p.m. June 21 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 22-23. Single-day tickets cost $10 if purchased online or $15 on the day of the event. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Three-day tickets also are for sale, for $20 if purchased in advance or $30 if purchased at the event.

For the Skoolie Build Workshop, registration cost is $150 for the first 10 tickets. Tickets purchased before May 31 cost $180. From June 1-20, tickets will cost $200.

Workshop registration and festival tickets can be purchased at coloradotinyhousefestival.com.

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