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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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