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Valley celebrates Independence Day

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 3rd, 2013

VALLEY — Even without fireworks, and with some events postponed due to fires, the San Luis Valley will still celebrate Independence Day tomorrow with patriotic flare. Alamosa County has even more reason to celebrate, since reaching the centennial mark this year, and special events are planned on the Fourth to coincide with that celebration.

Following are some of the special celebrations around the San Luis Valley this Fourth of July holiday:

(See the calendar on Page 10 for more Valley events throughout the weekend.)

ALAMOSA — On Thursday, July 4, the Kiwanis Club of Alamosa will host its 39th Annual Kiwanis Kowboy Breakfast at the SLV Federal Bank parking lot at 401 Edison in Alamosa from 7-10 a.m. Tickets are available for $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under.

At 9 a.m. is a Kids Race followed at 9:25 a.m. with a one-mile race. Register at Milagros from 7:30-8:45 a.m.

The annual parade will be down Main Street at 10 a.m., with the county’s centennial celebration a major theme.

Alamosa County’s 100th anniversary celebration will be held at noon in Cole Park, with “Star Spangled Banner” sung by Lani Torres and past and current elected county officials recognized. Live bands will also perform throughout the afternoon in Cole Park, and folks can enjoy a variety of food, craft and historical demonstration booths, as well as a beer garden hosted by Alamosa County Senior Citizens.

Historic games will be offered for children will be tug of war, Frisbee toss, bean bag toss and egg toss. Demonstrations will cover everything from weaving to blacksmithing.

The Historical Preservation Advisory Committee will host a Guided Tour of Historic Properties in the City of Alamosa at 2 p.m. starting at the Welcome Center on Sixth Street.

Also planned is the Historic Architecture Scavenger Hunt. Entry materials can be picked up from the Welcome Center or the History Booth in Cole Park. Entries should be returned to the History Booth before 6 p.m. on the Fourth.

Culminating the Fourth in Alamosa will be a concert by Ozomatli at 7:30 p.m. Other entertainers will be: “Taiko With Toni” at 12:30 p.m.; “Indian Nickel” at 1:30 p.m.; “SLV Big Band” at 2:45 p.m.; “Haunted Windchimes” at 4:15 p.m.; and “Don Richmond & the Rifters” at 5:45 p.m.

The fireworks have been postponed.

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

CREEDE—Creede is open and will be celebrating America’s independence on July 4-5.

Thursday, July 4 begins with mining competitions at the Days of ’92. Running throughout the day, the event will include hand mucking, jack-leg drilling and single jack competitions.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street, and children’s activities will start at 1 p.m. in the ballpark. The Elks’ beer garden will be set up and shops and restaurants will be open downtown.

Finish the night up at the Elks Lodge at 9 p.m. with live music and dancing.

Mining Competitions will continue on July 5 with team jack-leg drilling, spike driving, machine mucking and double jack.

Live day and evening entertainment can be found at the Tommyknocker Tavern and Kip’s Grill on July 6 and 7, and many restaurants will be open for dining choices.

Creede Repertory Theatre will be presenting tours, as well as three shows over the weekend. Call CRT at 658-2540 for reservations or online at www.creederep.org

Shows at CRT over the holiday include:

Show schedule

Thursday, July 4: 1 p.m., Pants on Fire, made up show for kids; 6 p.m., The Language of Trees, Rated R; 6 p.m., Around the World in 80 Days, adventure based on the classic novel

Friday, July 5: 7:30 p.m., A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, light musical; 10:30 p.m., Boomtown: Explosive Improv Comedy Opens

Saturday, July 6: 1:30 p.m., A Funny Thing Happened…Forum, light musical; 7:30 p.m., Around the World in 80 Days, adventure based on the classic novel; 7:30 p.m. The Language of Trees, Rated R

Sunday, July 7: 1:30 p.m., The Language of Trees, Rated R; 7:30 p.m., A Funny Thing Happened…Forum, light musical

Highway 149 between Creede and Lake City and between Creede and South Fork is open to all traffic.

CRESTONE — This year’s Fourth of July Celebration in Crestone offers a variety of events.

There will be a 5 km “Run, Walk, or Crawl” race; opportunities for kids to decorate themselves to join the parade; vendors and music in the park; the noon parade with the theme of “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Ride Again”; a water event after the parade; and the Sixth Annual Crestone Indie 600 [foot] Soap Box Derby.

To join the parade, just show up at the lineup area on Copper Avenue at 11 a.m. July 4. The Soap Box Derby requires pre-registration and a $5 youth, $10 adult entry fee, which will be used as prizes for adult and youth design and speed.

For more information contact Gretchen Nelson at Town Hall, 256-4313 or crestone@fairpoint.net

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