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USA, Alamosa County celebrate

Posted: Friday, Jul 5th, 2013

Dressed in period costume for the occasion, Alamosa County Commissioner Marianne Dunne announces weaving winners Desiray Tolsma, Edynn Lucero and Jonovan Quintana during Alamosa County's Centennial celebration in Cole Park on Thursday. Behind them is Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen. Courier photo by Eric R. Flores

ALAMOSA — Alamosans gathered to celebrate 100 years on Thursday, July 4 both downtown and in Cole Park.

The day kicked off with the Kiwanis annual breakfast, the Parade Mile race and a parade. Cole Park was home to a number of events throughout the day.

At noon, Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen brought the community together in the city park to recognize the county’s birthday.

Lani Torres opened up the ceremony with a stunning rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, which Sue Foster followed up with a brief county history before Ralph Outcalt, the parade grand marshall, was asked to stand up and take a bow because he, too, is 100 years old.

Legislators took to the stage next, both in the flesh and through letters. Alamosa Mayor Kathy Rogers read Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 100 year proclamation, Senator Michael Bennet’s representative and former Alamosa County Commissioner Charlotte Bobicki read a letter on his behalf and U.S. Representative Scott Tipton addressed the crowd after joining the community for both breakfast and the parade.

“Since 1913, Alamosa has been a model of American values, with a proud heritage of honest, hard work, perseverance and community,” read Tipton from his congressional tribute to Alamosa. “As the legend goes, Alamosa, originally intended as a rail center for the Rio Grande Railroad, was built from the ground up practically over-night. Industrious from the outset, the citizens of Alamosa built the town with bricks forged from local clay and fired in the city’s own kiln.”

He continued, “It’s this spirit of industry that drives Alamosa County’s 9,000 residents today. It provides opportunities for the next generation to grow and prosper at Adams State College and Trinidad State College, in one of Colorado’s most diverse landscapes that boasts the Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge.”

The ceremony concluded with special recognition of past county elected officials, a Daughters of the Republic presentation and the announcement of the Alamosa youth weaving contest winners and parade winners.

Weaving winners included Jonovan Quintana, Desiray Tolsma and Edynn Lucero.

Parade winners included Valley Elite All Star Cheerleaders, U.S. Tractor, the Little Britches Rodeo royalty, the Alamosa Wrestlers and The Flapjacks.

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