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Pagosa’s Fourth of July schedule

The Fourth of July festivities for 2010 will see some variety in the schedule of events. We want people to take special note of the changes this year and to take advantage of all the holiday activities.

The biggest change will be the day on which we hold our parade — Saturday, July 3, at 10 a.m. The July 3 date was selected by representatives of various organizations and public entities. The parade will still move from 8th Street to 2nd Street along U.S. 160. We anticipate a great showing, with all the usual fanfare. Remember that items must not be thrown from floats and no items may be given out until units pass 5th Street.

Applications for the parade are available at the Chamber of Commerce, or we can fax one to you. Applications must be in by June 28.

Some other events to look for this year are the Arts Council’s Creating Outside the Box silent auction on Saturday, July 3, and the every-other-year display of quilts at Quilt Fest. The quilt show will be held at the Mamie Lynch Gymnasium at the junior high school on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 2-4. There is a $2 admission charge for adults, and children 12-18 are $1. The array of quilts is extensive and this event is a great addition to the usual Fourth of July festivities.

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council’s Creating Outside the Box silent auction fund-raiser takes place Saturday, just around the corner at 450 Lewis St. Over 60 boxes have been creatively decorated and will be auctioned off. There will be appetizers and wine served. Bring the family downtown for a fun afternoon and try to take home a collectable box.

Another change to the weekend will be the schedule of the Red Ryder Rodeo. Rodeo times are Friday, July 2 ,at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 3, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 4, at 2 p.m. Usually there are two evening performances, but again, because of the change in the parade and other activities, there will be an afternoon performance on Saturday at the Western Heritage Center, at the fairgrounds.

The stellar fireworks presentation will still be held on July 4 . The festivities begin around 6 p.m. with live music performed by Brooks I and the Brian Flynn band. The Knights of Columbus will be at the high school with some terrific food and the fireworks will begin at dark.

Prior to Independence Day, plenty of other fun activities have been planned. Don’t miss the Music Boosters’ performance of “Annie” to be held June 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and June 27 at 2 p.m. Performances continue on June 30, and July 1 and 2, all at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Chamber and at the door. This classic musical is a must for children of all ages.

Back for the seventh year, the Celebrate America event is scheduled to be bigger and better, with special dance troupes and DJ Dude with music. The July 1 festivities begin at 6 p.m. and continue to 8:30 p.m. This event is held at the Ross Aragon Community Center and is free.

Of course, there will also be the Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival in Town to Centennial parks. As many as 90 vendors will provide a unique array of wares including photography, specialty foods, pottery, clothing, jewelry and more.

Check out the “clip and save” section of The SUN, listing all the activities for each day throughout the Fourth of July weekend. Should you have any questions, contact the chamber at 264-2360.

Business Bites change

Due to a scheduling conflict, we have a change in the lineup for the speakers at the Facebook Business Bites, to be held at noon Tuesday, June 29, at the community center. D. West Davies with Jim Smith Realty will replace Michelle Puskus. West focuses on Facebook promotion of Pagosa and staying in touch with people without “burdening” their e-mails. Would this technique work for your business? Also on the Facebook panel will be Lvonne Wilson with Home Again, and Tony Simmons with Pagosa Brewing Company. See how each of these people uses Facebook to market their business and see if any of their techniques would work for you.

Admission to the mini-seminar is only $5 and includes a light lunch. We expect it to be a highly interactive session. Walk-ins are always welcome, but we would appreciate a call to the Chamber, so we can secure enough lunches.

Patriot’s Day

The Archuleta County Republican Women and the Archuleta County Republican Central Committee are hosting a Patriot’s Day barbecue on Saturday, at Town Park. The festivities begin at 11:30 p.m., with guest speakers Dan Maes, candidate for governor, Ken Buck, candidate for U.S. Senate, and Bob McConnell, candidate for U.S. House.

Admission to the event is free; however there is a charge for lunch and tickets for the barbecue portion should have already been purchased.

Don’t forget

Don’t forget the Wednesday evening free concerts at the Springs Resort. Summer Sounds at the Springs takes place every Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m. The performer for June 30 will be Lacey Black, who was a competitor at last year’s Bands & Brews extravaganza. The Wednesday evening sounds will continue until September and you can enjoy an evening out. Food and beverages are available for sale at the concert.

Membership

It’s not just the bike tours that have been keeping us busy at the Chamber this week. We have quite a few renewals, including The Springs Resort; Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District; Alpine Inn of Pagosa; Switchback Mountain Wear; Chato’s Mexican Restaurant; the Liberty Theatre; Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center; Mountain Majesty Chalet Vacation Rental; and Mountain Waters Rafting, in Durango. Last but not least, we welcome back Karen and Harris Bynum, huge community supporters.

We welcome and say good-bye to the Bicycle Tour of Colorado as they enjoy their free day with us here in Pagosa today. BTC arrived Wednesday, and will depart Friday morning. We wish them a continued safe trip back to Gunnison and look forward to their return in another few years. Many thanks to Mountain Transport and Wolf Creek Ski Area for assisting with the movement of thousands of people throughout our community for these two days. We hope the businesses reaped sales rewards with the Chamber’s transportation efforts and that the cyclists found it easy to get around our community. Now, take a deep breath and it will be the Fourth of July. Get ready Pagosa!