Holiday Events – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Wed, 24 Jun 2020 22:30:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Holiday Events – The Pagosa Springs SUN 32 32 Fourth of July events Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:00:25 +0000 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

Despite the Fourth of July parade being canceled, Pagosa Springs is still looking to have a fun and exciting holiday for locals and visitors alike with multiple events still planned for town, including a new one taking place on the San Juan River.

Freedom Float

For the Fourth of July, residents and visitors are encouraged to float down the San Juan River, when it’s warm enough, and show off some patriotic pride and colors for the first ever Freedom Float.

“The whole point of it was to show some patriotic colors throughout downtown during the day,” Tourism Director Jennie Green said in an interview on Monday.

Local outdoor adventure businesses have also encouraged patrons to get out and float on the afternoon of the Fourth of July, Green added.

“We’re still trying not to encourage large gatherings, so hopefully the tubes will keep them separated and people will just kind of do it throughout the day,” she said.

For those who are decorating their tubes or floats, keeping trash out of the San Juan River is a priority, Green noted.

“We want a clean river when this is over, so try to make sure the red, white and blue sticks to you as much as possible,” she said.

Park 2 Park Artisan and Food Market

As has been tradition, the Park 2 Park Artisan and Food Market will make its return to Pagosa Springs July 4-6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with just a few changes.

According to Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mary Jo Coulehan, vendors will be spaced appropriately using vacant space at the athletic field across the street from Town Park.

“It’s always been intended to be a crafts fair,” Coulehan said in an interview on Tuesday. “We’ve kind of re-branded it this year into an artisan market to attract those people that really create handcrafted goods.”

With the carnival not taking place at the athletic field across from Town Park this year, Park to Park will see half of its vendors take up that space as well as space at Mary Fisher Park for social distancing, she explained.

“We encourage people, obviously, to wear masks. To not just maul the merchandise when they get to a vendor booth,” she said. “The vendors are asked to wear masks as well.”

An Independence Day Music Breakout Concert

The New Thought Center for Inspirational Living will be holding an event at the Best Western Lodge on U.S. 160 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets for the event will be $10 and the event will feature four musical groups and a few vendors.

Children are free, children’s activities will be provided.

For more information, call/text (970) 309-6067.


In an email to The SUN on June 22, Town Manager Andrea Phillips explained that the town is still planning on having a Fourth of July fireworks display around 9:30 p.m. depending on fire restrictions.

The fireworks will be set off in South Pagosa. Please maintain social distancing when viewing from various venues throughout the community.

Fourth of July Flag Ceremony

American Legion Post 108 will be holding its flag ceremony on the Fourth of July at 10 a.m. at the American Legion 108 Post located at 287 Hermosa St.

This ceremony will include the running up of the flag with a bugle call and retiring it with taps.

A rifle salute on the foot bridge and a flyover by the San Juan Squadron is also planned for 10 a.m.

The American Legion asks those who come to observe to wear masks and participate in social distancing.

Back the Blues Cruise

On July 3, the Back the Blues Cruise will be held to show support for local law enforcement agencies.

The event is looking to have as many cars participate as possible and cars are encouraged to be decorated and to honk their horns in support and for a positive experience.

Everyone will line up at 4:30 p.m. at two locations and the cruise will start at 5 p.m., according to event organizer Kim Hamilton.

The first route will begin on Aspen Village Drive, behind Walmart, and will feature a route that follows U.S. 160 onto Piedra Road and passes the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, according to an email from Hamilton.

From there, the first route will go onto Cloud Cap Avenue, Park Avenue, Eaton Drive and eventually onto Village Drive past the Colorado State Patrol Office, Hamilton’s email describes.

The second route will begin at the Pagosa Springs High School parking lot and will go onto 8th Street and Apache Street, eventually leading into the Pagosa Springs Police Department parking lot, according to the email.

Both routes eventually lead to Yamaguchi park for a “clap rally” with positive posters.

Goodie bags will be handed out to the various stations the day before.

For more information, interested parties are encouraged to contact Hamilton at

Pine Ridge Parade

A parade for residents of Pine Ridge Nursing Home is set to take place on July 2 at 2 p.m., according to a news release from Activities Director Tricia Mitchell.

Interested parties are encouraged to decorate their vehicles or make signs to lift the spirits of the residents.

For those who are wishing to participate in the parade, contact Mitchell at 731-4330 by June 29.

The Springs Resort

At 3 p.m. on the Fourth of July, Allora Leonard and the Lost Cause will be performing on The Springs Resort and Spa’s event lawn.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. The event will feature beer, food and games. Bringing a lawn chair is encouraged.

At 6 p.m. on the Fourth of July, Elder Grown will be performing on The Springs Resort and Spa’s event lawn.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. The event will feature beer, food and games. Bringing a lawn chair is encouraged.

Submit your event

If you would like to add your public event to this list, email the details of your event to by noon on Monday, June 29.

Town and DAR celebrate Flag Day Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:00:21 +0000

SUN photos/Terri House

By Linda Hobbs
Daughters of the American Revolution

The Town of Pagosa Springs teamed up with the local Daughters of the American Revolution to honor, celebrate and commemorate the flag of the United States on Sunday, June 14, the 243rd anniversary of the birth of our U.S. flag. The flag has evolved, just as our nation has evolved, and it remains a symbol of our great nation.

The event highlight was the unfurling of the 10-foot-by-15 -foot flag hung on the west side of the Archuleta County Courthouse building, a proclamation supporting Flag Day, comments by Mayor Don Volger and Tanice Ramsperger, regent of the Sarah Platt Decker Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the national anthem led by Jeff Laydon.

The organizers wish to thank the Town of Pagosa Springs and those in attendance including veterans, passers-by and community members.

The flag will remain displayed through the Fourth of July, according to Andrea Phillips, town manager. 

Flag ceremony and flyover set for Fourth of July Thu, 18 Jun 2020 10:56:07 +0000 By Richard Walker
American Legion Post 108

American Legion Post 108 announces a Fourth of July ceremony at the Legion Post building and Town Park. 

A flag ceremony includes the raising of the colors to a trumpet salute and a prayer for our fallen warriors, our flag and our country. This will be followed by the retiring of the colors with a bugle call of “Taps” and then a rifle salute by the Post Honor Guard on the footbridge over the San Juan River and a flyover by the San Juan Squadron aircraft. 

The ceremony will commence at 10 a.m.

The public is encouraged to attend and we respectfully request that attendees wear masks and practice social distancing as prescribed by the governor. 

We hope to see you there on the Fourth of July at 10 a.m. Come early for the best viewing opportunities.

Daughters of the American Revolution to commemmorate Flag Day Sat, 13 Jun 2020 11:00:20 +0000 By Carolyn Paschal
Daughters of the American Revolution

The American flag is a universal symbol of the enduring national unity and spirit of the American people. Whether flying atop the White House or the Capitol, outside a city hall, inside a school auditorium or from the front porch of a neighborhood home, our flag signifies the freedom and opportunities we all enjoy.

On June 14, 1777, Congress adopted the first official design of the flag of the United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day and, in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an act of Congress.

Coinciding with the country’s observance of National Flag Day June 14 annually, the Sarah Platt Decker Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution encourages everyone, both businesses and homes, to join us by commemorating Flag Day on June 14. By honoring the flag, we stand for equality, hope and for the rich heritage and prosperity of our country.

The chapter will hold a commemoration at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, near the Archuleta County Courthouse, 449 San Juan St. A Daughters of the American Revolution regent will read a proclamation and the flag will be raised at the west-facing wall of the courthouse.

The Sarah Platt Decker Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonpolitical service organization meeting August through May alternating between Durango and Pagosa Springs. Membership is open to all women over the age of 18 who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. 

For more information, please Contact 

If you have any questions, please direct them to Tanice Ramsperger at 731-4824, Carolyn Paschal at 946-3255 or Linda Hobbs at (713) 304-2028.

Paschal is the new flag of the US chair for the Sarah Platt Decker Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. 

Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo canceled due to public health order restrictions Thu, 11 Jun 2020 10:55:14 +0000 By Lisa Scott
Western Heritage Event Center

It is with great sadness, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Heritage Event Center Board of Directors is canceling the 71st annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. 

This heavy decision was made after the governor released the sixth public health order — Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors -— which prohibits rodeos. This action is for the safety of our contestants, sponsors, spectators, stock contractor and staff, volunteers, and the overall safety and health of our community. The board thanks everyone for their continued support and for loving rodeo. 

While there were rodeos in Pagosa Springs dating back into the beginning of the century, the first Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo was in 1949. In 1948, a group of local ranchers organized an effort to start a regular named rodeo series for this town. The initial group of volunteers included Glen Edmonds, Fred Harman, Daily Hott, Leon Montroy, Terry Robinson and Babe Shahan, to name a few. They collaborated with the owner of the rights to the Red Ryder registered trademark to brand this rodeo with the cartoon character that is so famous in this region. In 1949, the first rodeo was held at the site of the current Ross Aragon Community Center. Photographs show how automobiles were placed in a large circular formation to create the boundary of the rodeo arena. Spectators stood behind the cars.

Later that year, the committee advertised and sold stock in the rodeo organization, named Pagosa Springs Enterprises, and raised $15,000. With these proceeds, approximately 40 acres of land was purchased for the express use of hosting the annual rodeo. That initial site continues as the current facility on the corner of U.S. 84 and Mill Creek Road. Construction of a rodeo arena with wood boards and woven wire was accomplished just prior to the 1950 Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. Over time, the structures that exist on the rodeo grounds today were constructed as additional stock was sold for the purpose of raising money and creating a supporting membership.

For over 70 years, this organization has been run by local dedicated volunteers, funded with individual and business donations from the local community, and continues to be an independent, self-sustaining and successful entity.

In the mid-1990s, the organization obtained their IRS nonprofit status and renamed the organization the Western Heritage Event Center, whose mission is to provide an annual three-day Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo as well as a year-round venue for education and training for youth and equestrian events for Archuleta County. The Western Heritage board is dedicated to preserving the history and traditions of the American West.

4th of July: Parade canceled, rodeo canceled, fireworks still set, carnival canceled, Park-to-Park still a go Wed, 10 Jun 2020 11:00:14 +0000 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

Pagosa Springs will not be holding its annual Fourth of July Parade, following a Pagosa Springs Town Council decision at its regular meeting on June 2.

Additionally, the organizer of the carnival that comes into town annually during the summer informed town staff that he would not be able to put on the carnival due to logistics, Town Manager Andrea Phillips explained during the meeting.

The town is hopeful that the Fourth of July fireworks display can still be held.

The Park 2 Park Arts and Crafts Festival is still set to occur with certain distancing guidelines and with locations to be determined.

Town staff had submitted a road closure permit application to the Colorado Department of Transportation for a route that would have gone from 6th Street to U.S. 160 to Hot Springs Boulevard and back to Apache Street, Phillips explained during the meeting.

This direction to town staff was based on a decision made by council at a meeting on May 21.

In his fifth public health order, released on Tuesday, Gov. Jared Polis highlighted that rodeos, fairs, festivals and parades are not authorized to occur due to “ongoing disease transmission in larger group settings that could result in disease outbreaks.”

“This order went into effect on June 1 and is supposed to last for 30 days. So in theory, on July 1st he might say, ‘OK, now we can open up to larger crowds,’ but by then, it would be too late for us to try and pull something together,” she said. “I don’t see how we could hold the July 4th parade.”

Council member Matt DeGuise explained during the June 2 meeting that he made the motion to submit the road closure permit application to the state out of “pure optimism,” adding that he was fine with canceling the parade.

“With a heavy heart I move that we cancel the Fourth of July Parade for this year, but that we still continue to move forward with having the fireworks and we allow the Chamber to determine if and how they can move forward with their arts and crafts fair,” council member Shari Pierce said.

Pierce’s motion passed unanimously by council.

In a follow-up interview on Wednesday, Phillips explained she can understand why people would be upset about the Fourth of July parade being canceled.

“We’re following the state’s orders, which don’t allow gatherings. We are looking at ways of moving forward with the fireworks and trying to celebrate Independence Day as a community in a way that’s safe,” she said. “I can understand it. People are very passionate about the Fourth of July and what it means for Americans, but we are trying to ensure that we’re following public health orders. We still want it to be a special day of remembrance of what it means to be an American, but we have to do it in a way that is following the governor’s orders.”

The town is looking at putting up decorations that will call attention to the Fourth of July and commemorate it in other ways that are safe, she added.


“I am still thinking that we can figure out the fireworks because we don’t need to have everybody congregated at one event in one place to do that if we use a little innovation and plan it carefully,” Mayor Don Volger said during the meeting.

Phillips added that the town will need to monitor whether or not possible future fire restrictions could impact the fireworks display.

“In the past, we have been able to get a variance from the county,” Phillips said. “We’ll be monitoring that and we’ll verify that we can do that.”

The town has until the week before the event to notify its fireworks vendor on its decision, Public Works Director Martin Schmidt explained.

Council member Madeline Bergon suggested potentially holding the fireworks on the athletic fields across the street from Town Park.

That field has gotten the “respite that it needs,” Bergon explained.

“I wish I could say there would be no damage, but anytime you hold an event on a field it creates some damage,” Parks and Recreation Director Darren Lewis said. “I have no problem if the event goes there.”

In the follow-up interview, Phillips explained that the plan is to hold the fireworks in the usual location on the hill behind Pagosa Springs High School.

“We’re going to need to think about how to disperse gatherings since that’s still not permitted under the state order,” she said. “We’re going to have to think about a plan to encourage people to really spread out and not congregate at Yamaguchi Park and certain areas.”

Park 2 Park Arts and Crafts Festival

During the meeting, Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mary Jo Coulehan explained that one vendor has canceled for its arts and crafts fair.

“They are very anxious to see if we can move forward or not,” Coulehan said. 

The Park 2 Park event can have vendors “space accordingly,” Coulehan noted.

“Currently, our vendor spaces are already 12-by-12, so there is significant distancing there, but with the carnival not happening now, we came up with a couple of different scenarios,” she said.

One of those scenarios would be to use the existing spaces that are available and take the vendors in Town Park “down by half” and do the same for the vendors in Mary Fisher Park, spreading them through Centennial Park, she described.

“If the carnival is not going to happen, we could concentrate the fair in both Town Park and the athletic field and really spread something out,” she added.

The Park 2 Park event is a “flow situation” for three days, according to Coulehan.

“The biggest attendance that we have is always after the Fourth of July parade. With that not happening, that also affects the flow and keeps it very steady,” she said. “We can certainly work on traffic flow through the vendors, but we can easily now put the vendors with significant space in between.”

Coulehan added that the Chamber wants to help the community and give people something to do during the Fourth of July holiday.

“I would like to do as much as we can to enable people to celebrate Fourth of July in our community,” Volger said. “If we can do the Park 2 Park thing safely, I’m all for it.”


In an email to The SUN on Tuesday, Western Heritage Event Center board member Lisa Scott noted that the board still hopes to hold the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.



Memorial Day ceremonies Thu, 28 May 2020 21:00:38 +0000

SUN photos/Randi Pierce

Despite the pandemic, the American Legion Post 108 Honor Guard held a pair of shortened ceremonies in honor of Memorial Day Monday, at the Legion’s building on Hermosa Street and at Hilltop Cemetery. The San Juan Flying Squadron performed a flyover as part of the ceremony at Hilltop.

Town to proceed with Fourth of July parade application Fireworks get unanimous support Thu, 28 May 2020 10:56:32 +0000 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

The Town of Pagosa Springs will move forward with preparing a permit for the Fourth of July parade, under a different route, following a decision made by the Pagosa Springs Town Council at its regular meeting on May 21.

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Memorial Day ceremonies Thu, 28 May 2020 10:54:53 +0000

SUN photo/Randi Pierce

American Legion Post 108 Honor Guard members Warren Grams and Logan Gholson raise the flag as part of the post’s Memorial Day ceremonies Monday.

The waiting game: Statuses of Fourth of July parade, fireworks, and arts and crafts festival to be determined Fri, 15 May 2020 11:00:53 +0000 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

Summer events such as the Fourth of July parade and subsequent fireworks, as well as the Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival, are up in the air right now due to public health order restrictions.

At a meeting of the Pagosa Springs Town Council on May 5, Town Manager Andrea Phillips explained that the town is going to move forward with submitting an application to the Colorado Department of Transportation for a road closure permit for the parade.

“We are going to proceed as if we’re able to put on the July 4 parade and the fireworks, and we are really hoping that we’re going to be able to do that,” she said. “This year has very much been a wait and see in terms of how we operationalize a lot of these events and programs.”

The town is going to have to wait to see what the guidance is from Gov. Jared Polis on whether or not those types of events, and subsequent crowds, can be held and whether or not there will be restrictions in place.

In regard to the Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival, Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Director Mary Jo Coulehan explained in an interview on May 11 that the Chamber will be looking to the town for direction on whether or not that event can be held.

“We’re just waiting to see what the state is doing and what the town will do,” she said. “For us, we’re confident our vendors are 12 feet apart, so that’s not an issue for us, but it’s the flow of traffic and what we can do. So we will just have to look and see.”