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Melanie Brubaker Mazur, Times editor - 10/2/2009
Thanks for making Bayfield Heritage Days a success
Take a community festival, add about 2,000 ewes and lambs, and you have a recipe for success.
Or possible disaster, but after 10 years, nothing that awful has happened, so I guess we’re OK.
The 2009 Bayfield Heritage Days was my second year of chairing this event, and I’m somewhat relieved to say, my last. I told the current committee I’d stick it out for two years, then I was done.
I’m very glad to continue working on the committee, but I’m not good at organizing things, as anyone who has seen my office or car can attest.
Fortunately, Katie Middleton of Pine River Valley Bank is an organizational whiz, so she got us whipped into shape this year as the committee’s co-chair.
Bob Cooper did an awesome job organizing this year’s Heritage Days kickoff, bringing in the Bar D Wranglers, whose performance Friday night was wonderful.
On Saturday, the sheep came through town. They were running a little late, but hey, they’re on sheep time. Not liking to see people lined up on both sides of the Buck Highway, they stopped and spun some circles for awhile on the highway, but they eventually got a move on and headed down the road toward Ignacio.
Our parade through downtown went well, then events moved into the park.
The nail-driving event hosted by the Women’s Council of the Homebuilders Association of Southwest Colorado was a fun new event, and Ron and Janice Dunavant won first-place honors.
The two firefighters’ musters delighted crowds, as did the music by Denny Finn and the Bonehead Apparatus, Wild Country, and Psychedelic Mojo. Los Colores de Ignacio and the Westwind Pipe Band and Scottish Dancers brought us some Hispanic and European culture. An antique auction, apple bobbing, and a draft horse demonstration and playday rounded out the day’s events.
Our pie-eating contest caused its usual sticky mess, and Ash Harrison won in the adult category, with Dominic McCulloch taking second.
First place in the youth category went to Chris Garcia, second to Benjamin Young, and third was a tie between Darren Marn and Henry Walter.
In our little kid category, Vinny Lopez took first, Zane Caselles took second, and one little girl very carefully picked all of the crust off the edge of the pie. The winners took home $20 each.
Events wrapped up that night with a wonderful family sockhop hosted by the Bayfield Music Association and the Upper Pine River Fire District Auxiliary.
On Sunday, there was Cowboy Church in the park, hosted by the Pine River Valley Heritage Society.
It takes an awfully big bunch of people to organize all of this, and I don’t want to forget anyone, so check out our big thank you ad in next week’s paper.
This was the 10th year of Heritage Days – what a wonderful tradition! We hope it continues to grow bigger and better with your continuing support.