The Big Feed. Various locations. Social action and performance. 2007–2014.
Landing somewhere between a family reunion, potluck dinner, and symposium, The Big Feed was held each year from 2007 until 2014. The event served as a way to celebrate the regional landscape, experimental art and architecture, food, music, culture, community, and the emerging field of the rural arts. It was a forum to connect community members and artists in a casual atmosphere, as well as an opportunity for the larger public to learn more about the groundbreaking work presented by the attending community members, artists, musicians, and curators. A regional bison was traditionally roasted each year and all who attended also brought a dish. Hundreds of people performed, spoke, and even did magic tricks. Highlights included Vic Anderson the Yodeling Cowboy; architecture critic Mimi Zeiger; alt-country musicians Blue Mountain, Buckskin Stallion, Paul Burch, and 4H Royalty. Local citizens such as Tim Cullen and Ro Guenzel presented on topics as diverse as alien abductions and beer brewing. A special highlight of 2014 was the FFA livestock showcase and visits from the Washington and Arapahoe County Rodeo Queens.