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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!

Saguache News – August 13

Hollyhock Festival: Another Success Story

By Carita Ginn, Saguache Chamber of Commerce

The 7th Annual Hollyhock Festival was another success story.  We counted over 300 folks visiting the Community Building and were told there were more uncounted throughout the Town-WOW!

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Byron Williams garden at the Smith Market Gallery won the blue ribbon in the Hollyhock Garden category. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Even with the rains that helped to offset our drought, folks flocked to view the artwork on exhibit; enjoy wonderful pulled pork sandwiches with sides provided by the Saguache Volunteer Fire Dept; the world-famous root beer floats offered by the Friends of the Saguache Public Library; not to mention the activities—hollyhock doll making thanks to Gia and Paige Hammel; face painting compliments of Stacey Holden; and pinwheel making thanks to Ashland Wilhite.  Marvin Reynolds with SLV Extension Service brought his talents along with his associate to answer any questions for these Master Gardeners.  Don Baker demonstrated honey extraction to the excitement of onlookers.  Liza Marron with Walk2Connect offered a guided tour of the local gardens at 11am.  Unfortunately, the second scheduled tour at 1pm had to be cancelled due to weather.

There were 17 local gardens to enjoy, some with and some without hollyhocks.  The Chamber wants to thank each of you who worked to exhibit your gardens.  Byron Williams took 1st place for Hollyhock Garden; Juan Amezcua took 2nd place; and Joan Bannister took 3rd place honors.  For the non-Hollyhock Garden, prizes went to Lisa & Jim Jaminet for 1st place; Kathy Hill for 2nd place; and May Engquist for 3rd place.  Other gardens included in the tour were Jeannie & Mike Norris, Sarah Krantz & David Smalley (not competing since they took first place honors in 2017), Mountain Valley School Community Garden, Richard Helmick, Loraine Quintana, Big Valley Motel, Stacey Holden, Jane & Duncan Martin, Saguache Hotel Antiques, Saguache County Museum, and Hazard House Museum.

In the Art Contest Adult Division, we had entries from Sara Fernandez, Mackenzie Hammel, Stacey Holden, Mary Morfitt, and Lacy Reed.  The Youth Division only had one entry, from 4-year old Dallas Lucero.  The Chamber salutes his willingness to become involved in this competition.  First place adult awards went to Lacy Reed for the beautiful handmade quilt.  A picture of this item will appear on the 2019 Hollyhock seed card in addition to the prizes this year.  Second place honors went to Stacey Holden for the matched Hollyhock flower paintings.  Third place adult art winner was Mary Morfitt for her handmade calendar holder featuring Hollyhocks.

In addition to the hollyhock plants for sale and the T-shirts featuring embroidered hollyhocks, there were also seed cards for sale.  The 2018 seed card honored the 2017 winner of the Adult Art Contest, Wade Collins.  Also available were seed cards from previous years for a discounted price.  Donations were accepted for two door prizes.  The first was a handmade fairy garden planter created by Sarah Krantz.  The second item was a fantastic painting of hollyhocks donated by Yvonne Halburian. 

The Hollyhock Festival Committee members for 2018 consisted of Sarah Krantz, Carla Quintana, Cathy Kent, Stephanie Buechler, Becky (Williams) Harman, and Carita Ginn.  These members donated countless hours to advertise, prepare for and execute duties which made this event possible.

As a tribute to J. Byron Williams who was a driving force in the creation of this event, Greg Terrell was on hand-complete with gnome head ware-to present a plaque to him acknowledging those efforts, not only in 2012 but every year since then.

The Chamber took this opportunity to also honor Byron for his contributions to the Saguache Chamber of Commerce over the past ten years.  Not only was he a driving force for this event, but also for creation of the annual Art Festival which will occur this year on August 18, 2018. Yvonne (Eve) Braden from Valley to Valley Senior Care Center was on hand to present a plaque to Byron for his donation of land for the creation of the Senior Care Center planned to be built just north of Saguache.  A specialty cake with a photo of Byron on it, created by Jean Collier, along with lemonade was offered to those in attendance.  Barry Van Sant, President of the Chamber, delivered a proclamation by the Chamber Board of Directors to establish the J Byron Williams Distinguished Service Award.  Byron is the inaugural recipient of this award.  Funds were also presented to Byron to assist with his relocation.

The Chamber wishes to acknowledge the generosity of everyone who contributed prizes, talents, volunteer time and efforts to help us make this another wonderful event.

Quilt art contest Chamber at Saguache HollyHock Festival

Hollyhock Festival attendees admire the first place (adult) Hollyhock Art Contest Award for the beautiful handmade quilt made by Lacy Reed. Photo: Saguache Today