24th Annual Fall Festival & Quilt Show Recap
By Carita Ginn, Saguache Chamber of Commerce
The 2017 event has officially been recorded. The last Saguache Chamber sponsored event for this year was a success. Measuring success can be done in many ways. As Chamber Secretary, I choose to measure it in the happiness of those who attended. Vendors and visitors were pleased with the selection of entertainment along with the delicacies offered-both food and handmade treasurers alike.
The Saguache County Museum started our day with their last pancake & sausage breakfast for 2017. The Chamber was overwhelmed by your generosity for all the Silent Auction items-with over 30 contributors donating more than 70 items-including a handmade quilt from Caroline Irwin and the Saguache Sagebrush Quilters. The Quilters’ fundraiser of their own handmade quilt was given away as a door prize. Visitors appreciated all their hard work in the items offered as well as their demonstrations throughout the day.
The fundraiser for the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department came as a Beer Garden including Brats and Burgers. The Friends of the Library offered baked goods and their World Famous Root Beer Floats later in the day. Our vendors came from as far north as Castle Rock and as far south as Arizona. Without the visitors, both local and out-of-town, these fundraisers would not have been profitable.
Entertainment came in many forms. From the Salida Circus performers demonstrating their talents to teaching children how to be performers. The Adams State Alpine Backbeat Drum Line livened up the entire park with their contributions to the entertainment lineup. Wonderful sounds resonated throughout Otto Mears Park thanks to the following: Seat of the Pants String Band, Cheap Therapy, Roadrunners & Pint and a Half. Tom Dessain kept the sounds audible. We want to thank Tim Coleman for the use of his stage and thank the Town of Saguache for the use of the Community Building and Otto Mears Park. Having this venue on the highway helps to draw in visitors. This helps not only our event but also local businesses.
We cannot forget all those who worked silently in the background to keep this event on task: starting with our Saguache Chamber Board Members-Barry Van Sant, Jean Collier, Byron Williams, Theo Boudreaux and Carita Ginn;
Chamber members Maria Archuleta and Carla Quintana along w/Fall Festival Committee members Laura Archuleta and Heather Salaz worked tirelessly on the Silent Auction booth; the remaining FF Committee- Rita Bennett, Ruth Horn (her daughter Charity Gallegos and grandson Logan filled in for her since she was called away), Tony Sandoval (along with his assistants Michael & Floyd) were all there to perform whatever was needed. This event could not have been as successful as it was without all this support.
Lastly, we want to acknowledge the financial support offered by the Saguache County Commissioners through Sales Tax Grants and entertainment sponsor, Aventa Credit Union. These funds allowed the Chamber to solicit the entertainment and promote this event through advertising.
Mark your calendars for next year – September 15, 2018-to come and celebrate the 25th Annual Fall Festival and Quilt Show. We will be planning something extra special and you do not want to miss that!