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Lost Lake Festival to feature life-sized games like pool, foosball

A composite of what the Giant Pool Table will look like at the Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix in October. (Photo courtesy Superfly)

PHOENIX — There are going to be dozens of local and national musical artists performing at the Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix in October.

If you’re not into music, there will be art and culinary experiences with the best local food and breweries in the area.

If you’re not into art and food, then you’ll for sure want to go for the giant playground that will be the first of its kind at the event.

Rick Farman, co-founder of Superfly, the producer of the Lost Lake Festival, said that life-sized games of all kinds will be at Steele Indian School Park from Oct. 20-22.

Partnering with Walter Productions, who Farman called “masters at building out large-scale art projects,” Superfly wants people to reminisce with childhood backyard games at the Lost Lake Festival.

“We collectively kind of came up with this idea of creating a slew of oversized games, of games that lit up at night and became electrified,” Farman said.

Of the slew of games will be the Giant Pool Table that takes “billiards to another level.” The table is 56-feet long and people play by rolling the balls — picture bowling balls — into the pockets instead of using cue sticks.

Colossal Croquet will be so big that people can walk through the hoops they’re shooting at.

There will also be LED Table Tennis, Mega Twister, Life-size Connect Four, Humongous Cornhole, Jumbo Jenga, Gigantic Ladder Golf, Giant Foosball, Extra-Large Bocce Ball and more.

“The idea is to take these things and let it bring out that inner-child,” Farman said. “Let it be a new experience but playing some games that you’re familiar with but kind of at another level.”

Farman said they got the idea to create these giant games for festival-goers because of how people are in the community.

“There’s just a really strong bar game, lawn game culture in the Phoenix area, and I think it’s part of the fact that people in Phoenix like to have a good time and go out and do fun stuff,” Farman said. “We thought that there would be an opportunity to sort of integrate that into a festival in really a way that’s never been done, even nationally, in terms of integrating something like this into a festival, culture and programming.”

Based off of musical acts scheduled for the three-day event like The Killers, Chance the Rapper, The Roots and Major Lazer, most might think that’s all there is to the Lost Lake Festival.

“Our goal with Lost Lake is to create an iconic event that we will help celebrate the culture, the attitude, the energy of the Valley community and have a great time doing it,” Farman said.

“It’s not just music — that’s a big core component of it. It’s really sort of a deeper festival experience.”

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Griselda Zetino contributed to this report.

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