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4/25/2013 Let the Fun Begin!


The most welcome spring snowstorm of earlier this week is but a fond memory, coupled with anticipation of possibly more spring storms.

Also in the “anticipation” category – hard to believe as it is – is the fact that the summer tourist season will soon be bearing down on us, what with the annual Memorial Day weekend celebration barely a month away.

Residents and visitors alike know that there’s some exciting event going on most every weekend here in the Valley. And for our out-of-town readers and those planning to host guests this summer, here’s a short-list of planned activities this summer:

--The Memorial Day weekend will kick things off with the annual parade on Saturday, May 25, followed by the Memorial Day ceremony on the 27th. Also that weekend will be a pancake breakfast, tours of the Beckwith Ranch, and other activities.

--The annual Shakespeare in the Park performances will be offered June 20-23, June 27-30 and July 4-7 with a pair of comedies: “Two Gentlemen of Verona” by the Bard himself and “Tartuffe” by Moliere.

--The Independence Day celebration will include the annual ice-cream social followed by fireworks at Lake DeWeese that night on Thursday, July 4, with the popular car show set for Saturday the 6th.

--The following weekend, July 11-14, the High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival will be staged.

--The county fair will be held July 15-21, coupled with the Westcliffe Stampede parade, rodeo and dance on Saturday the 20th, with more rodeo action on Sunday.

--More music comes to town August 17-18 with the Wet Mountain Western Jubilee.

--All summer long, there will be free live musical performances every Sunday afternoon at Garrett Carlson’s Feed Store Amphitheater, starting May 26. And free classic movies will be shown at the outdoor theater every Tuesday night at dusk starting June 4.

Besides these events, there will be art exhibits, museum tours, equine events, live music and stage performances and tons of other fun stuff. Keep an eye on the Tribune for details. And let the fun begin!