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San Luis Valley weekend events offer variety

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 3rd, 2011

VALLEY — Summer is not over, folks.

This first weekend in August promises to be full of music, food and fun in the San Luis Valley during special events from Fort Garland on the east to Del Norte and Creede on the west, Crestone in the north and La Jara in the south.


CRESTONE - The 13th Annual Crestone Music Festival will be held at Challenger Golf Club in Crestone August 5, 6 and 7.

The festival is a 25-act, 3-day, multi-genre, multi-cultural event with family activities, contests, arts and crafts, international cuisine and libations.

Headliner is Tower of Power, Saturday August 6 at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 7 will feature John Jorgenson at 6 p.m. Euforquestra (Afrobeat Caribbean Groove) will perform on Friday, August 5 at 8 p.m.

Tower of Power is a 10-piece power group melding soul, jazz, funk, and rock. As one of the pioneers of American gypsy jazz music, John Jorgenson is celebrating the father of gypsy jazz, Django Reinhardt, whose 100th birthday would have been this year.

Other acts booked for the Crestone Music Festival are: Los Banditos Del Tango (Argentina Tango), Kaminari Taiko (Taiko Drums), Jaka (Marimba), Acoustic Mining Company (Bluegrass), Rebbe’s Orkestra (Klezmer), Leon Joseph Littlebird (Native American) plus Balkan, African Kora, East Indian Tabla, Latin jazz, and more...

Festival activities include men’s and women’s wood chopping, limbo, pie-eating and chicken clucking contests, the Salida Circus, Frisbee dog demonstrations, children’s singing and drumming, puppet making, hula-hoops, beach balls, a climbing wall, bouncy house, bungee bouncing and cool pets from Colorado Gators.

For tickets, go to www.crestfest.org or call 719-256-4533.


FORT GARLAND - The 2011 Fort Garland Band Jam will be held on August 6 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fort Garland Museum Grounds.

The Brian Flynn All Stars will play for the Fort Garland Band Jam. Performing rock to country and ballads, they are an award winning group with Grammy awards and Rock and Roll Walk of Fame to their credit.

The musical line up also includes regional and local favorites: Groove Kitchen, a high-energy dance band from Pagosa Springs; The Big’Ns, featuring Celtic, Bluegrass Mountain and Irish music; Los Relampagos Del Fuerte, featuring acoustical traditional Spanish music of Corridos, Waltzes, Cumbias, Folk and popular “oldies”; Los Decididos Musical, a local boy band featuring Hispanic pop and Latin music along with a few musical surprises.

Also featured will be: Open Air Market, Kid’s Korner activities, silent auction, contests, games, prizes, food and beer garden.

Tickets are available online at FortGarlandBandJam.com or at: SLV Brew Co, Alamosa; Old Fort Market, Fort Garland; Sudz Pub, South Fork and Tumbleweeds Gifts, Fort Garland.

Advance tickets are $10 adults and $5 students. Gate price the day of the event is $12 adults; $7 students; and children 12 and under free.

See FortGarlandBandJam.com


DEL NORTE - Celebrate the 39th Annual Covered Wagon Days in Del Norte Aug. 4-7.

Events begin Thursday evening, Aug. 4, with a free dinner and merchant open house from 5-7 p.m. downtown and farmers market on Spruce Street from 4-8 p.m.

On Friday, Aug. 5 enjoy the annual Del Norte Chamber of Commerce Covered Wagon Days Talent Show at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Also on Friday evening, father and son Kevin and Justin Welch will perform at Wildwoodsounds, 850 Grand Ave., with great Country/Americana music at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 6, will begin with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. in the Community Banks of the Rockies parking lot, followed by the parade at 10 a.m. down Grande Avenue and a multitude of events ranging from flower show and square dancing to mud volleyball and motorcycle show.

During the festivities, the library will hold its book sale (Aug. 6 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.), the firemen their barbecue (11 a.m. Saturday at the firehouse) and the Knights of Columbus their Saturday night dinner and dance (6 p.m. to midnight.)

See Page 7 of today’s paper for more information; call Liz at 657-2000; or see www.delnortechamber.org.


CREEDE - Creede hosts the 10th Annual Creede Rock & Mineral Show Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5, 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission, at the Underground Mining Museum. Geology programs will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

More than 1,500 rock enthusiasts are expected to once again “circle the wagons” at the Creede Underground Mining Museum and Community Center. Gems, mineral specimens, fossils, geodes, meteorites and rocks from the Creede area and around the world fill two caverns of the Underground Mining Museum and Community Center.

More than 35 dealers will be showing mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, gold nuggets, beads, tools and artifacts.

Whether an amateur rockhound or professional geologist, the Rock and Mineral Show has something for everyone.

This year’s show is dedicated to Bob Wunderlich.

See www.creederocks.com


LA JARA - From 9 in the morning to 9 at night, La Jara will celebrate its annual Glory Days this Saturday, Aug. 6, with a parade at 10 a.m., live music, arts, activities, food and craft vendors.

In conjunction with Glory Days, The Light Up La Jara Committee is holding a huge yard sale to raise money for Christmas lights for Main Street. The sale will be held on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 in the parking of east of Grapes and Grains Liquor.

Another special event this year is a chess tournament, beginning at 11 a.m. at the handball court building east of the event’s sponsor La Jara Pharmacy. Stop by the pharmacy for an entry form or email ljgdchess@gmail.com

For more information about La Jara Glory Days call 274-0244.


ALAMOSA - Weavermania is bringing their fun and energetic music to the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s stage at Fir Station so that kids of all ages can sing along to the tune of legendary folk artists, The Weavers, on August 5, 6 and 7.

Many music buffs consider The Weavers to have been a major influence in the folk music world in the 50’s and 60’s following their debut. Selling millions of records at the height of their popularity and being a musical inspiration to so many artists still performing today, The Weavers were undeniably a folk force to be remembered.

Joining Weavermania are Steve Gilette and Cindy Mangsen, a folk duo combining great songwriting, rich harmony and a good sense of humor.

The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad depot is located at 610 State Ave., Alamosa. To purchase tickets or for more information call 877.726.RAIL or visit

www.riograndescenicrailroad.com or on Facebook and Twitter.


CREEDE - The Annual Snowshoe Shuffle will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, in Creede. Runners and walkers will participate in the 5-K event that begins with registration at 8 a.m. and racing at 9 a.m. Participants may register on the day of the race. Entry fee is $25. Call 852-0829 for more information.


MOSCA - Thunder Valley Speedway hosts Moto X and Quad X this Saturday, August 6 all day. This family-friendly event begins at 6 a.m. Super stock, mini’s and more begin at 6 p.m. on Family Fun Night Saturday. The speedway is located at 4839 Lane 5 North, Mosca.

For more information call 580-1138 or see www.thundervalleyspeedway.info


HOOPER - Colorado Gators announces the 16th Annual Gatorfest on August 6 and 7. Events include the World’s Only Alligator Rodeo. This year’s Gatorfest will have a pirate theme.

Colorado Gators is open to the public every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is located 17 miles north of Alamosa on Highway 17.

Call 378-2612 or check out www.coloradogators.com


ALAMOSA - The Valley Farmers Market in Alamosa is located at the parking lot near State and Main in downtown Alamosa. Vendors offer locally produced fruits, vegetable, specialty items and crafts beginning at 8 a.m. each Saturday. On August 6, Frank Scott and Waverly Road will perform a repertoire of folk rock, blues, and country.

Event information is posted at www.alamosafarmersmarket.org and 2011 season brochures with the dates and line-up of music and activities are available at the Alamosa Public Library and the Alamosa Visitors Center.

LA JARA - The La Jara Farmers Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables and beautiful handcrafts at its new location by the La Jara Town Hall every Friday. The Antonito Saturday Night Choir will be performing at the market this Friday, Aug. 5.

The Market runs from 3-7 p.m. every Friday.

For more information, or to become a vendor, call 274-5430.

SAN LUIS - The San Luis Flea & Farmer’s Market in downtown San Luis runs on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the County Nursing Services Building on Main Street.

For more information or to rent a booth contact Sandra Santa Cruz at 672-0999.

SOUTH FORK - The Farmers Market at the Visitors Center parking lot will run from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., each Friday through August 19.

See www.sffarmersmarket.org or call 873-2251.

Recycle-Creede Inc, will be on site to collect all types of recyclables.

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