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Plenty to do for the Fourth of July

Special to The PREVIEW

The Fourth of July is here; you can feel the excitement in the air. The town is beautifully decorated in red, white and blue, and tourists and locals alike are enjoying all that Pagosa has to offer this time of year.

Today, the 36th annual Park-to-Park Arts and Crafts Festival begins. This incredible show has evolved into one of the best arts and crafts shows in the state. This year, over 60 vendors are showcasing their handcrafted work, such as wearable jewelry, artwork created out of metal, wood and clay, musical instruments, food and much, much more. The festival will take place in Town Park and across the bridge in Mary Fisher Park. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through Sunday, July 6. For more information, please call the Chamber at 264-2360.

Fourth of July festivities begin with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Parish Hall on Lewis Street. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds are to benefit the Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center. Fill up on a great breakfast for a great cause before joining all of the other Fourth of July activities. Call 264-5963 with questions.

If you are looking for a little exercise to begin your holiday weekend, join GECKO in a 3k or 5k non-competitive fun run/jog/walk starting at 8 a.m. in downtown Pagosa Springs. All proceeds will support GECKO. Call 398-0612 with questions.

Don’t miss the annual Fourth of July parade beginning at 10 a.m. and winding through downtown Pagosa Springs. This year’s theme is “Service Above Self.” The parade will feature floats, animals, emergency personnel, music and much more. The staging of all entries will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the high school parking lot and all entrants must check in at the registration table in the parking lot. It is too late to complete an application for placement in the parade, but late entries will still be accepted on the day of the parade and will be placed after all other applications already received.

The 65th annual Red Ryder Round Up Rodeo begins at 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July at the Western Heritage Rodeo Grounds off of U.S. 84. Don’t miss this annual tradition filled with cowboys and cowgirls from various states competing for prizes and prize money in this sanctioned rodeo series. A specialty act will perform daily, as well as mutton busters and 65th anniversary celebrations. The rodeo will start on July 4 at 2 p.m., July 5 at 7 p.m., and July 6 at 2 p.m. For more information, please call 264-2730.

Also beginning at 2 p.m. on July 4 is the annual free community band concert. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to the back lawn at The Springs Resort and enjoy patriotic music played by the many talented musicians of Pagosa Springs.

Weather and fire danger permitting, the fireworks are set to go off with a bang beginning just after sunset in downtown Pagosa Springs. They are set off near the high school.

Musical entertainment also abounds in Pagosa over the holiday weekend. The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts will be hosting “Beauty and the Beast” and “Les Miserables” in concert. To find out the schedule for all shows and purchase tickets, you can call them directly at 731-7469.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” continues its run tonight and again on Sunday at the Pagosa Springs High School.

To find out all of the activities happening in Pagosa Springs, check out the Holiday Planner in the back of the The PREVIEW. You can also visit pagosachamber.com, call the Chamber of Commerce at 264-2360, or visit the Visitor Center to learn more.

This story was posted on July 3, 2014.