DesertFest to turn retirement community into fun zone

2014-03-13T00:00:00Z DesertFest to turn retirement community into fun zoneBy Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

SaddleBrooke Ranch’s DesertFest shows that the retirement community is anything but sleepy. Music, food and wine will pump up a large, energetic crowd at the outdoor event.

Staged by Robson Resort Communities, which runs SaddleBrooke Ranch, DesertFest goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at La Hacienda Club, 59638 E. Robson Circle in Oracle.

Linda Robson, who publishes Robson’s community newspapers and organizes DesertFest, said the event pulls the communities together.

“It’s high energy. There are a lot of activities and a lot of interactivity for the guests,” Robson said. “Each year we also raise awareness for a charity. This year it’s SaddleBrooke Community Outreach. They just do great work.”

The Abba tribute band AbbaFab, an art show and food trucks will be on hand for the third annual event. There also will be wine and beer tastings, as well as a raffle for a Jeep.

Robson said she expects as many as 1,500 people to attend.

“This is our time of year. It’s beautiful weather in Tucson,” she said. “It’s a great time of year for something like this — an outdoor festival with a stage outside, blankets and chairs.”

Robson said DesertFest walks the line between being family friendly and adult focused. She says parents don’t need to get a babysitter for their kids, but adds “there’s no face painting.”

Maggie DeBlock, president of the board of directors for SaddleBrooke Community Outreach, said the event is a fun time.

“It’s great. I’ve been there the past couple of years,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to see not only what Robson has to offer, but what the other neighbors are up to. With all the food and entertainment, it’s a neat day, especially if the weather is great. I enjoy it.”

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at 573-4130 or pvillarreal@azstarnet.com

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