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Alamosa County to celebrate first 100 years

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 25th, 2013

Watch for Uncle Sam in the Fourth of July parade.

Courier Publisher

ALAMOSA– There should be something for everyone this year as Alamosa County celebrates its first 100 years with a daylong observance here in downtown and at Cole Park on Thursday, July 4.

Opening traditionally with the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast at San Luis Valley Federal Bank’s downtown location (7-10 a.m.), the centennial celebration will conclude with fireworks, also sponsored by the bank. This year’s aerial show will have a new venue however as an afternoon and evening of fun in Cole Park will be capped with the “rockets red glare.”

Among the other highlights of the day will be the annual parade (10 a.m.), a mile run in downtown for kids through professional runners (9:25 a.m.), six bands in Cole Park including headliner “Ozomatli,” a 100th ceremony in Cole Park (12 noon), and a variety of food, craft and historical demonstration booths, as well as a beer garden hosted by Alamosa County Senior Citizens.

A history expo, entertainment, food, fun and games will be offered all afternoon, including a beard contest and possibly even a bonnet contest. Details will be announced from one of the two stages set up in Cole Park. The history expo will be in the north reading room of the Alamosa Public Library.

Among the historic games offered for kids will be tug of war, Frisbee toss, bean bag toss and egg toss. Demonstrations will cover everything from weaving to blacksmithing.

Lani Torres will kick-off the centennial observance in the park with a rousing rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” and she will give a repeat performance that night just before the fireworks. Current and former elected county officials will be recognized during the noon program, and winners of a children’s weaving contest will also be told.

The Independence Day entertainment line-up includes “Taiko With Toni” at 12:30, “Indian Nickel” at 1:30, “SLV Big Band” at 2:45, “Haunted Windchimes” at 4:15, “Don Richmond & the Rifters” at 5:45 and “Ozomatli” at 7:30.

Having played together for 18 years, “Ozomatli” has an almost cult-like following across the country and are known as Los Angeles culture-mashers. According to their website, their music is “a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dance hall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican raga and Indian raga.”

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad will be offering free shuttle service from the corner of Airport Road and U.S. Hwy. 285 from 3-10 p.m. with parking available at all of the public buildings just off Airport Road.

For more details on the centennial observance, go to: www.alamosacountycentennial.wordpress.com.

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