More than 3,000 attend Centennial Under the Stars

Attractions included live musical performances, laser show, obstacle course and more

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As the sun set and bright glow sticks began to illuminate the sky at Centennial Center Park on Aug. 13, 5-year-old Josie Faucheux danced with her mom, Ann Faucheux, as her 3-year-old sister, Jade Faucheux, excitedly waved her glow stick in front of their dad, Alex Faucheux. 

The family of four was among thousands who came to the park for the 16th Centennial Under the Stars event, featuring live musical performances, hula hoop competitions, face painting, food trucks and vendors, law enforcement and — new this year — a Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course. 

“I love it,” Josie Faucheux said about the event.

It was the Faucheux family’s first time attending, as they had just moved to Centennial from Louisiana. After learning about the event online, they decided to come and get to know the community and their new neighbors, Alex Faucheux said. 

People of all ages could be seen at the event, as young kids chased one another throughout the amphitheater field, often with glow sticks in hand and light-up glasses on, while others danced, laughed, ate and enjoyed the evening. 

“You can tell from this crowd why this is one of our favorite events of the year,” Mayor Stephanie Piko said to the audience. “Thank you all for being here and joining us.”

Amidst the crowd of people was Vidhya Sampath, a Centennial resident who came with her husband and 8-year-old daughter. 

"We come here every year. So this is so much fun listening to local bands and absolutely enjoying time with the family and looking at everyone, and just having a great time," Sampath said.

She said her family has been attending the event for at least five years.

“We’ve been here since before the park was built, so yeah, it’s amazing to just see how much it’s evolved and how it’s grown,” she said. “It’s only gotten better.”

The five-hour event featured live musical performances by: The Man Cubs, a band that performs Disney songs in an alternative rock and pop-punk style; Jenny Shawhan, a musician with a style similar to that of Dolly Parton and Bonnie Raitt; and Paizley Park, a Prince tribute band.

Paizley Park’s energetic performance included a vibrant laser show. As the band concluded its setlist with a performance of “Purple Rain,” a light drizzle of rain fell on the audience as bright purple lasers shot out from the stage and decorated the sky. 

Matt Sturgeon, the Centennial city manager, said on Aug. 15 during the city council meeting that an estimated 3,000 people attended the event. He also said there will be future conversations about the laser show and the difficulties that weather can pose, as the wind presented some challenges with this year’s laser light show. 

Centennial, Centennial Center Park, Centennial Under the Stars

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