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Saguache News – September 14

New “Scavenger Hunt” Event for Fall Festival

On September 15, The Town of Saguache, Colorado’s Fall Festival will include an exciting new event, a Transmedia Story and Scavenger Hunt experience beginning at 10 a.m. on 4th Street in down town of Saguache. This exciting new feature of the Fall Festival will lead participants on an adventure throughout town and environs, experiencing a story and a game.

The event is free and open to the public. Just come to Saguache and find the Transmedia table to start. Along the way, there will be prizes with a grand prize at the end. Transmedia storytelling Is “the practice of designing, sharing, and participating in a cohesive story experience across multiple traditional and digital delivery platforms – for entertainment, advertising and marketing, or social change.” It will be more than a story; it will be an exciting experience. Participants follow clues to find other clues leading to prizes and memorable places and characters.transmedia event at fall festival

The Fall Festival story this year will integrate various media into the story and create an exciting experience for Saguache residents and visitors. This fall the media to be used will involve traditional platforms such as books, photographs, theater featuring actual historical people and places. It will introduce new digital platformsthat can be accessed by your smart phone.There will also be access to the story without a cell phone.

The story’s transmedia platforms integrate local special places, businesses and activities and nearby historic and scenic locations in Saguache. A variety of rewards are built into the story as participants move from point to point with a grand prize at the end. This event is sponsored by the Saguache County Tourism Council and created with the technical and creative help of MZRCuprey, a private media company headquartered in Saguache County. To preregister or for more information email saguachetransmedia@gmail.com.

25th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show

By Carita Ginn, Saguache Chamber of Commerce Secretary

Fall is coming!  Come help us celebrate this annual event originally created to celebrate hand-made crafts and the harvest.

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Performers from the Salida Circus will be on hand to entertain the kids at Saturday’s Fall Festival! However this year they will be entertaining downtown instead of the park due to the Community Building renovations. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

New for 2018, this annual event will occur on Main Street (4th Street in downtown Saguache between Denver Avenue and Christy Avenue).  Fun starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m.  Vendors from all over come to exhibit their wares, including our Saguache Sagebrush Quilters. These ladies will be showing their efforts for the year along with offering the chance to win a quilt door prize. Come make a bid on Silent Auction items, offered as the only annual fundraiser for the Saguache Chamber. Our local Friends of the Saguache Library will be offering their world-famous root beer floats. Artists will be offering treasures for the eye and the body and soul. Food vendors along with our local restaurants will be offering pallet-pleasing items. Saguache Volunteer Fire Department will host a beer garden from noon until 4 p.m.

In conjunction with this year’s event, the 5th Annual Saguache County Photo Contest will culminate with judging of the entries on Saturday, Sept. 15.  Entries will be on exhibit at the Methodist Fellowship Hall on 6th Street.

Have a seat or get some exercise dancing to live music during the day from Seat of the Pants String Band, The Roadrunners and Old School.  Also, Salida Circus will be on hand to entertain you.

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Local rockers Road Runners will make a return performance to this year’s Fall Festival & Quilt Show on September 15. Catch their show in downtown Saguache this year!

As in previous years, funding has been made possible thanks to Saguache County Tourism and Saguache County Sales Tax Grants.  Aventa Credit Union has generously donated entertainment funding.  The Saguache Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank all who assist with making this annual event a continued success. 

Come, experience the fun in Saguache!

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Saguache News – September 9

25th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show

By Carita Ginn, Saguache Chamber of Commerce Secretary

Fall is coming!  Come help us celebrate this annual event originally created to celebrate hand-made crafts and the harvest.

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Performers from the Salida Circus will be on hand to entertain the kids at Saturday’s Fall Festival! However this year they will be entertaining downtown instead of the park due to the Community Building renovations. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

New for 2018, this annual event will occur on Main Street (4th Street in downtown Saguache between Denver Avenue and Christy Avenue).  Fun starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m.  Vendors from all over come to exhibit their wares, including our Saguache Sagebrush Quilters. These ladies will be showing their efforts for the year along with offering the chance to win a quilt door prize. Come make a bid on Silent Auction items, offered as the only annual fundraiser for the Saguache Chamber. Our local Friends of the Saguache Library will be offering their world-famous root beer floats. Artists will be offering treasures for the eye and the body and soul. Food vendors along with our local restaurants will be offering pallet-pleasing items. Saguache Volunteer Fire Department will host a beer garden from noon until 4 p.m.

In conjunction with this year’s event, the 5th Annual Saguache County Photo Contest will culminate with judging of the entries on Saturday, Sept. 15.  Entries will be on exhibit at the Methodist Fellowship Hall on 6th Street.

Have a seat or get some exercise dancing to live music during the day from Seat of the Pants String Band, The Roadrunners and Old School.  Also, Salida Circus will be on hand to entertain you.

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Local rockers Road Runners will make a return performance to this year’s Fall Festival & Quilt Show on September 15. Catch their show in downtown Saguache this year!

As in previous years, funding has been made possible thanks to Saguache County Tourism and Saguache County Sales Tax Grants.  Aventa Credit Union has generously donated entertainment funding.  The Saguache Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank all who assist with making this annual event a continued success. 

Come, experience the fun in Saguache!

Latest News – September 27

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.

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The Salida Circus entertains the crowds, with some help from a few local kids, during the 24th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show which was held at Otto Mears Park on September 16. Photo Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

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. 

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The Saguache Volunteer Fire Department served up some suds and BBQ at the 24th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell. Thanks for keeping Saguache County safe!

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;

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Thanks to (right to left) Theo Boudreaux, Carla Quintana and Jean Collier with the Saguache Chamber of Commerce for their volunteer efforts at the Saguache Fall Festival. It takes a village – everyone efforts are appreciated!

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!

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Local rockers Road Runners drew in the crowds as one of FIVE live musical acts during the 14th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show on September 16.

Latest News – September 16

Fall Festival & Quilt Show in Saguache Today

In Saguache Today, Sept. 16, Otto Mears Park will come alive with the sights and sounds of autumn at the 24th Annual Fall Festival & Quilt Show.  Presented by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, the yearly occasion celebrates the harvest season with good food, hand-made quilts, a full line-up of live music, family fun and a variety of vendors sure to have you taking out your wallet!

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The 24th Annual Fall Festival & Quilt Show offers quilting demonstrations and the Chamber’s ONLY Silent Auction fundraiser which usually beings out the good loot to place your bid on! You can find the fun in the Community Building on September 16.

The day kicks off at 7 a.m. with the Saguache County Museum serving up some of their famous hot cakes and sausage, including beverage for only $5. You can find them under the park pavilion. They will be serving breakfast until 11 a.m. for you late risers!

The day’s festival schedule kicks into high gear at 9 a.m. when the vendors pop-up in the park and the Community Building opens for the much-anticipated Silent Auction. This is the chamber’s only official fundraiser, so there are usually some top notch things to bid on. Please support their efforts.

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Performers from the Salida Circus will be on hand to entertain the kids!

And while you’re in the Community Building be sure to take in the beautiful design work being presented and demonstrated by the Saguache Sagebrush Quilters. They will have a handmade quilt as a door prize, so be sure to get your ticket!  

From there, head out to cruise the park and shop the vendors, offering a variety of wares from food, to jewelry to handcrafted artwork. Live music will also be offered throughout the day starting at 10 a.m. And this year, there is quite a line-up, so get ready to be entertained by some of the best acts around, including: 

  • Seat of the Pants String Band – This duo is the epitome of old timey, grass roots, down home rocking chair bluegrass. Together forever, this husband and wife combo are like a sweet sunny summer morning. This is a great way to start the day so don’t miss them at 10 a.m.
  • Cheap Therapy – Saguache’s own Barry Monroe brings his brainchild to the stage. Cheap Therapy delivers unique originals with a tropical pop, white-boy reggae, groove shuffle vibe. They dish out harmonies so smooth you can ride ‘em like a slide.
  • Alpine Backbeats Drum Line – Catch the precision rhythms of the Alpine Backbeats Drum Line from Adams State University in Alamosa. This ensemble has eleven drummers playing bass, snare, tenor drums plus cymbals. They have been together for 2 years and have performed over thirty shows. Delaney Armstrong manages the drum line and James Doyle is the Professor.  This will be acoustic, on the grass and lots of fun! 
  • Roadrunners – Speeding across the valley from Saguache is “Roadrunners.” This is a five-piece country rock band with a beat that will kick you to your feet and get you dancing. Members are Rick Grontz on Keyboards and vocals, Mike Croft on drums, Ed Johnson on guitar and vocals, Mike Brill on guitar and vocals and Jack Barton on bass.  Catch them After lunch on Saturday.
  • Pint and a Half – Pint and a Half plays to crowds all over Colorado with forays into other neighboring states. Their folk roots Americana style is propelled by electrified acoustic guitar, bedrock percussion, blues harmonica, and close vocal harmonies. This band always delivers a tremendous show with both tears and dancing as standard features. Don’t miss them this afternoon.

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    The 24th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show has an incredible musical line-up with some of the best bands in the valley! Come and join the fun at Otto Mears Park on September 16. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Of course, there’s plenty of family fun to be had at the Saguache Fall Festival. Make sure the kids are at the park, starting at noon to see the Salida Circus performers offering face painting, stilt walkers, a magician and balloon clown. You can catch some of the circus performers in between the musical acts and throughout the park; they will be clowning around until 4 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m. the chamber will announce the winners of the silent auction, as well as hold the drawing for a beautiful handmade quilt. The fall festival is sponsored  by Saguache County Commissioners & Aventa Credit Union.  Come, celebrate the season on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Saguache Fall Festival! See you at the park!

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Latest News – September 7

Fall Festival Fun Sept. 16 in Saguache

On Saturday, Sept. 16, Otto Mears Park will come alive with the sights and sounds of autumn at the 24th Annual Fall Festival & Quilt Show in Saguache.  Presented by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, the yearly occasion celebrates the harvest season with good food, hand-made quilts, a full line-up of live music, family fun and a variety of vendors sure to have you taking out your wallet!

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The 24th Annual Fall Festival & Quilt Show offers some quilting demonstrations and the Chamber’s ONLY Silent Auction fundraiser which usually beings out the good loot to place your bid on! You can find the fun in the Community Building on September 16.

The day kicks off at 7 a.m. with the Saguache County Museum serving up some of their famous hot cakes and sausage, including beverage for only $5. You can find them under the park pavilion. They will be serving breakfast until 11 .m. for you late risers!

The day’s festival schedule kicks into high gear at 9 a.m. when the vendors pop-up in the park and the Community Building opens for the much-anticipated Silent Auction. This is the chamber’s only official fundraiser, so there are usually some top notch things to bid on. Please support their efforts.

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Performers from the Salida Circus will be on hand to entertain the kids!

And while you’re in the Community Building be sure to take in the beautiful design work being presented and demonstrated by the Saguache Sagebrush Quilters. They will have a handmade quilt as a door prize, so be sure to get your ticket!  

From there, head out to cruise the park and shop the vendors, offering a variety of wares from food, to jewelry to handcrafted artwork. Live music will also be offered throughout the day starting at 10 a.m. And this year, there is quite a line-up, so get ready to be entertained by some of the best acts around, including: 

  • Seat of the Pants String Band – This duo is the epitome of old timey, grass roots, down home rocking chair bluegrass. Together forever, this husband and wife combo are like a sweet sunny summer morning. This is a great way to start the day so don’t miss them at 10 a.m.
  • Cheap Therapy – Saguache’s own Barry Monroe brings his brainchild to the stage. Cheap Therapy delivers unique originals with a tropical pop, white-boy reggae, groove shuffle vibe. They dish out harmonies so smooth you can ride ‘em like a slide.
  • Alpine Backbeats Drum Line – Catch the precision rhythms of the Alpine Backbeats Drum Line from Adams State University in Alamosa. This ensemble has eleven drummers playing bass, snare, tenor drums plus cymbals. They have been together for 2 years and have performed over thirty shows. Delaney Armstrong manages the drum line and James Doyle is the Professor.  This will be acoustic, on the grass and lots of fun! 
  • Roadrunners – Speeding across the valley from Saguache is “Roadrunners.” This is a five-piece country rock band with a beat that will kick you to your feet and get you dancing. Members are Rick Grontz on Keyboards and vocals, Mike Croft on drums, Ed Johnson on guitar and vocals, Mike Brill on guitar and vocals and Jack Barton on bass.  Catch them After lunch on Saturday.
  • Pint and a Half – Pint and a Half plays to crowds all over Colorado with forays into other neighboring states. Their folk roots Americana style is propelled by electrified acoustic guitar, bedrock percussion, blues harmonica, and close vocal harmonies. This band always delivers a tremendous show with both tears and dancing as standard features. Don’t miss them Saturday Afternoon.

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    The 24th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show has an incredible musical line-up with some of the best bands in the valley! Come and join the fun at Otto Mears Park on September 16. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Of course, there’s plenty of family fun to be had at the Saguache Fall Festival. Make sure the kids are at the park, starting at noon to see the Salida Circus performers offering face painting, stilt walkers, a magician and balloon clown. You can catch some of the circus performers in between the musical acts and throughout the park; they will be clowning around until 4 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m. the chamber will announce the winners of the silent auction, as well as hold the drawing for a beautiful handmade quilt. The fall festival is sponsored  by Saguache County Commissioners & Aventa Credit Union.  Come, celebrate the season on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Saguache Fall Festival! See you at the park!

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Latest News – September 14

Fall Festival Fun Saturday in Saguache

This Saturday, Sept. 17 the Otto Mears Park will come alive with the sights and sounds of autumn at the 23rd Annual Fall Festival in Saguache.  Sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, the yearly occasion celebrates the harvest season with some good food, beautiful hand made quilts and a variety of vendors sure to have something to make you take out your wallet!

The Saguache Fall Festival will be held in Otto Mears Park this Saturday, Sept. 17. Photo: Saguache Today

The Saguache Fall Festival will be held in Otto Mears Park this Saturday, Sept. 17. Photo: Saguache Today

The day kicks off at 7 a.m. with the Saguache County Museum serving up some of their famous hot cakes and sausage, including beverage for only $5. And what better way to work off some of those early morning calories than with the Fall Colors Run/Walk. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Community Building at the park, with a start time of 8 a.m. 

And while you’re in the Community Building be sure to take in the beautiful design work being presented by the Saguache Sagebrush Quilters. There will also be a silent auction inside which is the primary fundraiser for the chamber to support their many activities.  Come and find some treasures! From there, head on out to cruise the park and shop the vendors, offering a variety of wares from food, to jewelry to handcrafted artwork.

From circus performers to live music, the Fall Festival will have a variety of entertainment. Photo: Saguache Today.

From circus performers to live music, the Fall Festival will have a variety of entertainment. Photo: Saguache Today.

Live music will also be offered throughout the day starting at 9:30 a.m. Get ready to be entertained by some of the best acts around from the Seat of The Pants String Band to Daniel Peden on bagpipes, The Roadrunners, Cheap Therapy, all culminating with a closing performance by Kicker.

But the performances don’t stop there, so be prepared to be wowed by the Crestone Love Tribe, a group of African tribal dancers. Then make sure the kids are at the park, starting at noon to see the Salida Circus performers offering face painting, stilt walkers, a magician and balloon clown. In addition, the Pitkin Avenue Baptist Church will host children’s activities including a bouncy house and free treats. The church is located across the street from the park on Pitkin Ave

Of course, all this good fun is sure to build up an appetite and the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department has got you covered. The crew will be selling roasted hatch chili with tortillas on Saturday. Festival goers can also purchase some chilies from fire department. Medium, mild and hot will be available at $15 for a ½ bushel, or $30 a bushel. Pre-orders may be made by calling: Chris Pacheco at 719-221-3762, or Trevor Ward at 719-849-0527.  Come and support your local volunteers!

At 3:30 p.m. the chamber will announce the winners of the silent auction, as well as hold the drawing for a beautiful handmade quilt. So come and celebrate fall this Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Saguache Fall Festival! See you at the park!

Food vendors, arts & crafts and live music await Fall Festival goers at Otto Mears Park in Saguache this Saturday, Sept. 17. Photo: Saguache Today

Food vendors, arts & crafts and live music await Fall Festival goers at Otto Mears Park in Saguache this Saturday, Sept. 17. Photo: Saguache Today