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Hey Fort Collins, what if this year we did Backyfest instead of  Brewfest?

Regional tobacco growers and hookah bars could set up booths downtown where they hand out samples of private blends like Rocky Mountain Air-cured, Mile-high Burley, and the nationally popular, Snowshredder’s Shisha.

The growers could use the event to promote indie tobacco farms–a chance to stand out from impersonal corporate operators. It’ll be a feel-good summer shindig, with special awards for those who use enviro-friendly farming methods and treat labor like family.

Of course, we’ll check IDs and, as always, encourage everybody to smoke responsibly.

photo Francis Bourgouin

photo Francis Bourgouin

(Lost Fort Collins is getting ready to vacation for a few weeks.  So I’m dragging in some of my writing from years past. This one was from a private  2007 blog. But you know, there really was a time when CSU and local farmers experimented with growing tobacco. We might have had a successful Backyfest, if only the local crop hadn’t tasted so awful.)

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