Holiday Events – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:11:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Trunk or Treat at Pagosa Bible Church Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:00:57 +0000 Special to The SUN
On Oct. 31, Pagosa Bible Church (PBC) will once again host Trunk or Treat, a family-friendly, safe alternative to trick or treating. Open to children and adults of all ages, the festivities run from 5 to 8 p.m.
This year’s expanded activities will include lots of candy, bounce houses, indoor games, a story station and a light meal.
Also expected are classic cars, law enforcement vehicles, fire department and EMT trucks, all on display.
PBC is located at 209 Harman Park Drive, behind Wells Fargo Bank.
Additional parking will be provided, for your convenience, at Ponderosa Lumber and Feather your Nest with a shuttle bus to the church.
Pastor Dave Stene and the PBC congregation invite everyone in the community to this free event. For more information, please call the church office at 731-3120.

Operation Christmas Child: Give out love, get back joy Wed, 02 Oct 2019 11:00:07 +0000

Photo courtesy Jeannie Faverino
The annual Operation Christmas Child event kicks off with a chili cook-off contest hosted by Linda and Bob George. After much “tasting,” Donna Michaels’ white chicken chili was judged the winner.

By Jeannie Faverino
Special to The PREVIEW
Pagosa Springs kicked off the annual Operation Christmas Child (OCC) event this year with a chili cook-off contest hosted by Linda and Bob George.
The chili cook-off and competition were enjoyed by all in attendance. All in all, there were 13 entries. After much “tasting,” Donna Michaels’ white chicken chili was judged the winner.
The Georges’ musical guest was Allora Leonard, a very talented 15-year-old country singer and guitarist who writes many of her songs. Leonard is headed to the Lincoln Center to perform, then on to Nashville for the winter.
There were close to 100 people in attendance at the event, including business owners, pastors and project leaders. The fun, spirited crowd clapped and sang along with Leonard as she sang “You Can Count on Me” by Bruno Mars. The guest speaker was Sally Rowland, Four Corners area coordinator, who shared her experience in Liberia witnessing the opening of OCC shoe box gifts by children there.
As the evening ended, everyone took home OCC shoe boxes, excited about filling them with school and hygiene supplies, toys, clothing and other appropriate items, and bringing them back to help Pagosa reach its 2019 goal of 3,000 filled shoe boxes. Look for boxes in local churches and stores in October and happy packing. The third week of November will be here sooner than you think.
This year the Pagosa theme is “Wanted: 3,000 Shoeboxes — Reward: Joy.”
Following is the OCC drop-off schedule:
• Nov. 18, noon-5 p.m.
• Nov. 19, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
• Nov. 20, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
• Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 22, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
• Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 24, 1- 5 p.m.
• Nov. 25, 8-10 a.m.
Crossroad Christian Fellowship, 1044 Park Ave., 731-4384.

Fourth of July parade Sat, 13 Jul 2019 11:00:18 +0000

SUN photos/Randi Pierce

Last week’s traditional Fourth of July parade featured 65 entries from service organizations, families, visitors to the area, businesses and more, with the floats greeting crowds along an expanded parade route.

American Legion Mullins-Nickerson Post 108 recognizes parade participants Sat, 13 Jul 2019 11:00:07 +0000

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
American Legion Mullins-Nickerson Post 108 leads the town’s Fourth of July parade last Thursday. The post’s flag bearers traditionally lead the parade.

By Roy Vega
Special to The SUN
American Legion Mullins-Nickerson Post 108 was proud to once again have led the town’s Fourth of July parade last Thursday. We do this as a community service, not as a parade entry, and it is just one example of the many community services the post provides.
Among the others are Memorial Day ceremonies, Veterans Day ceremonies, U.S. flag code compliant collection and retirement of American and Colorado flags, color guards for patriotic and civic events, high school scholarship sponsoring and, most especially, final military honors for our fallen comrade veterans.
This year’s parade participants were:
• Ed Robinson, commanding.
• Logan Gholson and George Love, rifle guards.
• Raymond Taylor, U.S. flag bearer.
• Ken Rogers, Colorado flag bearer.
• Don Brenno, Legion flag bearer.
• Fabi Van Cappell, POW/MIA flag bearer.
• Roy Vega, Army flag bearer.
• James Campbell, Navy flag bearer.
• Ernie Garcia, riding Marine flag bearer.
• Ron Gustafson, riding Air Force flag bearer.
• Jim Huffman, marcher.
• Mike Hayward, convertible driver.
• MaryRose Brenno, convertible donor and driver.
• Brandy Vega, marching drummer.
• Lee Riley, Audi convertible donor.
Regretfully, we had no Coast Guard flag bearer this year.
We wish to express our appreciation to Riley for the loan of his Audi convertible.
The donors of the Polaris Slingshot for a Legionnaire rider were Don and MaryRose Brenno, with MaryRose Brenno driving and Don Brenno bearing the Legion colors.
Also, we were moved by the loud and enthusiastic reception the color guard received from the public as it proceeded along the parade route.
And the post wishes to acknowledge and express its appreciation to the San Juan Flying Squadron for its magnificent military formation flyovers.

Fourth of July festivities and fun Fri, 12 Jul 2019 11:00:11 +0000

SUN photos/Randi Pierce and Chris Mannara

Last week’s Fourth of July events brought locals and visitors together to experience a variety of events, from the annual parade to a patriotic concert, shopping handmade wares, the 70th annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo and more.

Local cowboys Thu, 11 Jul 2019 21:00:24 +0000

Photo courtesy Alvin Schaaf

Local cowboys Lane Schaaf and his grandfather, Jim Bramwell, won the incentive team roping at this year’s Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.

70th annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo Thu, 11 Jul 2019 21:00:21 +0000

SUN photos/Randi Pierce

The 70th annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo spanned three days and treated crowds to a variety of traditional rodeo events, including bronc riding, roping, barrel racing and more, as well as a rodeo clown and, for the youngsters, a mutton bustin’ competition. While the adult contestants were vying for larger prizes, the kids competed for a belt buckle and also each received their own Red Ryder BB gun.

JR Ford honored with Red Ryder Award Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:56:04 +0000

Photo courtesy Western Heritage Event Center
Western Heritage Event Center board member Mike Ray, left, presents JR Ford with the Red Ryder Award at the Fourth of July Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.

By Lisa Scott
Special to The SUN
Local resident JR Ford was honored with the 2019 Red Ryder Award at the Fourth of July Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.

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Fourth of July celebration Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:55:12 +0000

SUN photos/Randi Pierce

This year’s Fourth of July festivities spanned several days and included both the ground and skies, with those festivities including 11 planes kicking off the parade with a series of formations, fireworks lighting up the skies, and cowboys and cowgirls riding in the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.

70th Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo set for July 4-6 Thu, 04 Jul 2019 11:00:25 +0000 By Lisa Scott
Special to The PREVIEW
A traditional American rodeo is a must-see event. Join the fun as cowboys and cowgirls from various states compete for prizes and prize money at the sanctioned rodeo series known as the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. The rodeos are Thursday, July 4, at 2 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6, at 6 p.m. at the Western Heritage Event Center arena and grounds.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo and the event is filled with a variety of exhibition events to make an entertaining affair. Each rodeo begins with a presentation of flags waving from westerners on horseback. Rodeo clowns are both entertainers and bullfighters. Their primary job is to protect the cowboy and prevent a tragedy with dangerous livestock. Between activities, the clown will entertain the crowd. Other rodeo events are interspersed with a variety of other activities like the mutton bustin’ contest and the Daisy BB gun raffle.
Mutton bustin’ is a crowd-pleasing event. Cowpokes 6 years and younger will test their strength and stamina by riding a sheep as long as they can hold on. This contest is held daily with 10 new contestants each leaving the arena with a special prize and the overall winner, the boy or girl recording the longest ride, receiving an authentic Red Ryder Rodeo belt buckle.
Tickets are available at Goodman’s Department Store and at the gate prior to the event. The cost is $10 per adult and $6 for children 12 and under on July 5 and 6. Tickets are $15 per adult and $8 for children 12 and under on July 4. A limited number of box seats are available and can be purchased by calling 264-5000.
A variety of concessions are available throughout the event including smoked meat plates, Our Savior Lutheran School manning the beer garden and selling drinks and snacks, other vendors providing lemonade, kettle corn and more.
The rodeo has a long history in Pagosa Springs and was named after Red Ryder, who was the feature cowboy character in the popular long-running western comic strip created by Stephen Slesinger and artist Fred Harman. Red, and his horse Thunder, was a tough cowboy who lived on Painted Valley Ranch in the Blanco Basin in the San Juan Mountains. He and his sidekick, Little Beaver, with his horse Papoose, dealt with the bad guys of the day. The comic strip was wildly popular and ran from 1938-1964 in 750 newspapers.
The Western Heritage Event Center, the organization that produces the rodeo, invites everyone to share in preserving the history and tradition of the American west and attending a traditional American rodeo.