Hot Sulphur Days returning next week for 54th outing
Hot Sulphur Springs is looking to kick off the summer right next week with the 54th Annual Hot Sulphur Days, promising visitors a weekend filled with live music, fireworks and the biggest little parade in Grand County.
“It’s the beginning of the summer season, and we want to show off Hot Sulphur Springs,” said Christine Lee, organizer of Hot Sulphur Days. “It’s a small town, but we can have a lot of fun in it.”
The festival starts at 6 p.m. at the Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall on Friday, June 8, and will feature a silent auction, kids carnival and pie-baking contest to go along with concessions and live music from Andy Straus.
Saturday will serve as the marquee day of the festival, starting off with the flag raising ceremony and annual pancake breakfast hosted by the Hot Sulphur Springs/Parshall Fire Protection District at 8 a.m. The Pioneer Village Museum will be opening its doors for free admission at 10 a.m., and the parade from Pioneer Park to Town Park will begin at noon.
Following the parade guests can test their mettle at the horseshoe tournament in Town Park, before retiring for a barbecue lunch catered by Amber Flames BBQ. The Red Dirt Hill Band will be kicking off afternoon festivities at 12:30, followed by family activities and kids games in the park. The band Badwater will provide the background music to the firework show as the day comes to an end after dark.
“People come from all over to see the fireworks at the end of the day,” said Lee. “You see a lot of people invite their friends and families over for that evening to barbecue, listen to the music and see the fireworks.”
The festival ends on Sunday after a Hot Sulphur Springs historical walking tour with Don Dailey at 9 a.m., and a church service in Town Park at 10:30.
A couple of Hot Sulphur Days classics were removed from the lineup this year, including the rubber duck race and the reenactment of the Texas Charlie Shootout, in which residents would act out the 1884 shooting of the criminal Texas Charlie.
Lee said that a lack of volunteers is largely responsible for the changes.
“This year we’re cutting back a tad,” said Lee. “Part of that is we need more people. A lot of people are moving out and into town, so we don’t have the volunteers we need. We do the best we can with the people we have, and we’re hoping that next year we’ll get some of these newer people to come out and help.”
Still, with warm weathers moving in and more than 400 visitors expected, it should be a fun weekend in Hot Sulphur Springs.
“We’re really looking forward to just showing the town off in a good light,” said Lee. “So everyone come and enjoy yourselves.”
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