Arise music festival producer to keep Pueblo property, explore options

When Luke Comer purchased the sprawling Cradle organic farm and ranch in Boone for $3 million, he planned to move the Arise art and music festival there after Larimer County commissioners denied him a permit to hold it on a property near Loveland. 

But in May, Comer abruptly announced he was canceling the festival entirely after Pueblo County officials did the same — namely, denied him a permit to hold Arise at the Cradle.

Or maybe he isn’t canceling it entirely.

Comer insisted he’s “done working with Pueblo County” but noted that about a third of the Cradle, which sits on the eastern edge of the county, is in neighboring Crowley County. That includes “about 150 acres of irrigated grass fields and one pivot — as well as trees and access to the Arkansas,” he said.  

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