Flowers – and Flooding – Greet Hollyhock Festival
The 6th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival saw a bit of sunshine last Saturday which was a welcome reprieve from relentless rain Saguache has been seeing for more than a couple of weeks.
While some of the gardens experienced a pretty good hail lashing the day before the July 29 event, most sprang back to life with some tender, love and care from their owners. Garden tour-ists seemed to make a goodtime of it regardless, exchanging gardening tips and of course, conversations about the weather .
This year’s garden winners for the 2017 Saguache Hollyhock Festival could be found on the same street, but a few blocks apart. The winner in the Hollyhock Garden category was Byron Williams, artist and owner of the Smith Market Gallery. “The judges must have seen them before all this rain, when they were at their peak,” Williams said in front of is artists shop at the corner of 5th and Denver Streets. And while there were plenty of the official town flowers gracing his garden, many seemed to be bowing in homage to the ancient settlers who brought them here.
The blue ribbon top prize in the garden category went to Sarah Krantz and Dave Smalley for their entertaining and whimsical garden at 655 5th Street.
From the campfire feature to the fake alligator in the newly-formed swamp created from all the recent rain, most visitors left with a smile. But for those who really wanted to throw their heads back in laughter, it was the giant hand-crafted see-saw feature that took the cake!
And while all of the floral beauty could be seen outside, the festival’s homage to the Hollyhock continued inside the Saguache Community Center as well.
“We’ve seen about 100 people, so far,” stated Committee Member Sarah Krantz and that was only at 12:30, with two and a half hours left to the celebration. There was plenty of fun for the kiddos with Hollyhock doll making with Lacey Reed, face-painting by Town Administrator Pam Fye and the Saguache Girl Scouts kept busy making windsocks to place in gardens.
The locals show up to support the fundraising efforts from the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department serving up some delicious hamburgers and frito pie with some of those roasted chilies on top.
The Friends of the library served their famous root beer floats and Don Baker of Evergreen Apiaries was on-hand extracting some of his delicious honey for tasting and to buy!
In the Hollyhock art contest which is open only to residents of Saguache, it was Wade Collins who took the top price for his piece: Offering. In the youth contest which artist Samantha “Sami” Robinson’s painting “The Hollyhock” garnered the blue ribbon.
“We want to expand the art competition for next year,” said Hollyhock Committee Member Caroline Irwin. “We are hoping to get more students involved by offering some kind of art class earlier in the spring, so that they can submit work for this show.”
There has also been some discussion about having a separate category for those artists who do not live within the town of Saguache, which would cast the net of submissions a bit farther as well.
That’s a wrap for the 6th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival report. Next up on the Chamber of Commerce event calendar is the Saguache Art Festival, which will be Saturday, August 19. Stay tuned to Saguache Today for coming details.