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Annual Pow-Wow in Saguache on August 24-25

By Kathy Bedell © Saguache Today

For those who look forward to the Annual Community Pow-Wow held in Saguache every year, there’s good news! This year, the event will now span over two days, August 24 and 25 to be held in Otto Mears Park.

Many Nations, One Community of Indian drummers, singers and dancers will gather at Otto Mears Park in Saguache for this two-day celebration of all things Native American.  The park opens on both days at 9 a.m. and the event is free and open to the public.

The Annual Intertribal Pow Wow in Saguache, Colorado

As has been tradition, Master of Ceremony Long Soldier will kick off the celebration on both days with the Grand Entry scheduled for 11 a.m., followed by traditional drum music and festive dancing for all. This year’s drum circle will include musicians from NihokaDine of Tuba City, Ariz., and the Up Stream Singers, Kansas Kickapoo. The evening culminates a Pot Luck Honor Meal with friends and neighbors sharing their favorite side dish to compliment the main feast, usually donated by a local farmer or rancher from the San Luis Valley.

According to a blog by Crowfox KmimilaWi: This Pow-Wow began as a dream many years ago. It was created to be a heritage learning experience by a Native American Community member for her dancing for her children.  Her dream was to keep indigenous heritage alive in the community while instilling pride in her children as they learned about Regalia and dancing.

Honor, prayers and a drum circle are presented at the Annual Saguache Pow Wow. Photo: Saguache Today.

It has been more than 20 years since those pow-wows, today community members work to continue that dream on a larger scale. This pow-wow is unique in that it focuses on the non-competitive origins of this tradition. This is one of the more spiritual pow-wows in the area.

While the central focus of the weekend’s celebration is Native American culture and traditions, there is also a fair surrounding Otto Mears Park with everything from food vendors to arts and crafts, with Native American specialties being the focus.

Some background . . . Saguache and the entire San Luis Valley was known as the land of the Ute Indians, but the area was also known to 12 different Indian tribes, including the Navajo, Apache, and Comanche, who came to trade, hunt, and raid.

Eventually, the Utes made a treaty of peace with the United States in 1849, shortly after the Mexican War. Afterward, settlers from New Mexico established several small communities in what is now Colorado and in 1868 the Utes were removed to a reservation in western Colorado. They continued to play a role in Saguache in the northwestern corner of the valley from the Los Pinos Agency to the west of Saguache until they lost their expansive reservation as the result of the Meeker massacre in 1879.

Come, gather with others to learn about the meaningful traditions of Indigenous People at the 8th Annual Saguache Community Pow-Wow. For more information, readers may contact Crowfox at 719-588-3390 or via email:

For more details, you may also connect with the group on the Annual Saguache Pow-Wow Facebook Page. Otto Mears Park is located between Christy and Pitkin Avenues just off on Highway 285 in Saguache, CO.  It’s time to celebrate the things that make everyone special and unique in Saguache Today!

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A popular event among area vendors, the Saguache Pow-Wow offers everything from food to jewelry to art, many with a Native American theme. Photo: Saguache Today

Hollyhocks Celebrated in Saguache

The tourist season is in full swing in Saguache Today. And nothing says summer is in bloom like the 8th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival which will be held Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Presented by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, this event has grown in popularity, finding many San Luis Valley residents joining in the celebration of Saguache’s official town flower!  So if you’re looking for the shade of the tall trees and haven’t stopped into downtown Saguache for a while, be sure to include this self-guided walking tour in your plans to see what’s new.

The garden competition includes a Hollyhock and general garden category. Pictured here is one of the past year’s winners.

Hollyhock Festival goers will begin their route at Otto Mears Park in Saguache. Check in at the Community Building anytime between at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. More than a dozen gardens, some with Hollyhocks, some without, will be on display as gardeners compete for generous prizes.

The celebration of Saguache’s official flower commemorates the dedication of early settlers who brought the hollyhocks and old-fashioned roses to the area. In addition to the delightful tour, master gardeners will hold a plant clinic. So if you’ve been wondering what’s been going on with your green thumb, this is the place to do it!  And be sure to bring the kids along for a special session on how to create a Hollyhock doll; of course the adults are welcome too! There will also be Hollyhock plants which will be potted and Available to buy for your garden!

In addition to the beauty created by Mother Nature, local galleries will have their artwork on display, many pieces highlighting the delightful Hollyhock. Artists’ work will also be displayed in the Community Building, all featuring glorious Hollyhock in various mediums – painting, needlework, carving, etc. Be sure to be there at 2 p.m., when the winners of the best adult and juvenile Hollyhock art will be announced. It all leads up to the grand announcement of the first, second and third place prizes will be awarded for the best Hollyhock garden and the best general garden.

Children enjoy making Hollyhock dolls from the town’s official flower while sipping on a homemade root beer float from the Friends of the Library.

As part of the Saguache Hollyhock Festival there will be breakfast, snacks and lunch available in the Community Building as a fundraiser for the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department. So fuel up before you tour the gardens, or when you come back for the awards and announcements. In addition, those World Famous Root Beer Floats will also be offered by the Friends of the Saguache Public Library.

Once you are finished touring the gardens, you’ll want to make a day of it! From downtown’s Magpie Art Gallery, the Hauck Pedersen art gallery and The Range to Antiques, Etc., the Fenton Studio Pottery, and Smith Market Gallery just a few blocks off main street, if you haven’t visited in a while, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see a thriving arts community in Saguache Today.

There are lots of new and thriving businesses on 4th Street, Saguache’s downtown business and arts district. Be sure to visit the Welcome Center, along with the 4th Street Food Store, and Blue Earth Thrift Store, and don’t miss out on the Wapiti Coffeehouse located behind the thrift store.  Wander over to see a movie at the Cozy Castle Cinema or have a bite at The Village Pub. And if you haven’t paid a visit to the recently restored and re-opened Ute Theater, this weekend is the perfect time to do so!

So make it a lovely day of gardens and small-town enjoyments at the 8th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival on Saturday, July 27. The Hollyhock Festival is presented by The Saguache Chamber of Commerce with the generous support from many sponsors – Thank You! 

Last year’s grand prize for the Hollyhock art competition – beautiful!