Rodeo, Grand Lake parade kick off event-filled Grand County summer season
Although summer officially begins June 21, Memorial Day weekend traditionally provides the kick-off for summer events in Grand County.Grand Lake’s classic, small town parade will start the festivities. Floats will march down Grand Avenue at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m with a possible military “fly-by” overhead.RodeoAmong Grand County’s proudest summer traditions is the rodeo. There are two ongoing rodeos during the summer months. The Flying Heels Rodeo in Granby runs on Saturdays from May 29 through July 3. The Junior Buckaroo Rodeo starts at 3 p.m. and the open rodeo begins at 7 p.m. The arena is located across from City Market.The High Country Stampede Rodeo in Fraser, now in its 27th season, runs Saturdays from July 10 through Aug. 28. The junior rodeo begins at 4 p.m. with performances at 7 p.m. The John Work Arena is located one mile west of Fraser. The Middle Park Fair and Rodeo is a weeklong event from August 2-8 at the Middle Park Fairgrounds in Kremmling. Events include 4-H programs, contests, pie contests, a Junior Rodeo, a Loggers Rodeo and a Ranchers Rodeo.Farmer’s MarketsThe Granby Farmer’s Market takes place from 3-7 p.m. every Friday, rain or shine in the town event parking lot on Agate Ave. Pick up the weekend’s vegetables, fruits, breads, spices and more.The Grand Park Farmer’s Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday from July 3 to Sept. 4 in the lawn behind Winter Park Market. Food, produce and crafts. CelebrationsEvery town needs its moment in the sun. Hot Sulphur will celebrate with a parade and carnival events June 11-13.Kremmling celebrates June 18-20 with a weekend-long event for the whole family, including live music, a beer garden, a Main Street parade, the Cliff Golf Classic Tournament, vendors, KidZone, a mud race and a barbecue.Granby host GranbyFest from 1 to 7 p.m. on June 19 at Polhamus Park by Town Hall on Zero Street and Jasper Ave with music, clowns, balloons, charicatures, massages, produce, food, local brews and wines.MountainsThe mountains aren’t just for skiing anymore. Opening day for the summer season at Winter Park Resort is June 12. Summer activities include mini-golf, an alpine slide and mountain biking.SolVista Basin Opens for Summer Operation Sunday, June 4 through September 2010 (closing date to be decidedMusicSummer in Colorado is for music. Outdoor music venues abound in Grand County. Free weekly concerts are held in Grand Lake, Fraser holds its Tuesday Picnic in the Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 29 to Aug 10, with live bands at Old School House Park in Fraser. On Thursdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m., June 17 Sept. 9, attend Music at the Park in Grand Lake; or try High-Note Thursday at Hideaway Park in Winter Park from 6 to 8 p.m. June 24 to Aug. 10.On Fridays, Cooper Creek Square in Winter Park offers Music on the Mall from 5-7 p.m., June 25 to Sept. 3.Several of the biggest music festival of the summer take place in Winter Park. Blues From the Top is a blues-packed weekend at Hideaway Park June 27-28.The long-running Winter Park Jazz Festival, also at Hideaway Park, is planned for the weekend of July 24-25. Grand Lake will host the Rocky Mountain Blues Festival Aug. 27-28 and a Bluegrass Festival Sept. 17-18.Hot or Chili?There will be two opportunities for chefs to flaunt their beans. The CASI Annual State Chili Cook Off will be held June 26 in Grand Lake. Benefits various Grand Lake Fire Department charities.The Famous Flamethrowers High Altitude Chili Cookoff Aug. 21-22 at Winter Park Resort will include costumed chili chefs competing in this regional cook-off for the state title and the opportunity to represent the Rocky Mountain region in the World Chili Cook-off. A portion of event proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).For a different kind of spice, visit the 63rd Annual Buffalo Barbecue weekend in Grand Lake July 16-18. One of the weekend’s highlights will be a parade at 1 p.m. down Grand Avenue. Bike eventsGrand County continues to offer itself as a mountain bike haven. The USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships at SolVista Bike Park will attract thousands of professional and amateur racers July 15-18. The Fat Tire Classic at Winter Park Resort, including two days of biking and hiking, July 16-18, will benefit both the National Sports Center for the Disabled and the American Red Cross. A Cruiser Party in downtown Winter Park July 17 will feature a bike parade at 4:15 p.m.The Crankworx Crankworx Colorado Freeride Mountain Bike Festival at Winter Park Resort July 31 to Aug. 1 will include Slopestyle, Big Air, Cross Country and Super Downhill competitions.07-31 :: 08-01BoatingThe Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter of Antique & Classic Boat Society Boat Display at Town of Grand Lake docks is open to visitors all morning on July 10. Boats will parade around the lake at noonRegatta Week is Aug. 1-8 at the Grand Lake Yacht Club on Grand Lake.BeerColorado is known for its microbrews and on Aug. 14 Winter Park will hold a Beer Festival at Hideaway Park. More than 25 Breweries will be represented with beer tastings including merchandise and vendors in the park.Foot RacesThe foot race season kicks off this year with the Rendezvous 5K Run For Independence on July 3, which follows the Fraser River Trail from Winter Park Resort to Fraser. Early registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at the base of the ski area and the race starts at 9 a.m. The 2010 Habitat Hobble July 19 is a dog-friendly 5K fun run/walk that follows the Fraser River Trail into Winter Park, raising money for Habitat for Humanity. Event day registration will begin at 8 a.m. Race will start at 9 a.m.The Run the Ranches Trail Series begins Aug. 21 at Granby Ranch, near Granby and continues Sept. 12 at Drowsy Water Ranch near Granby, Sept. 19 at Devils Thumb Ranch, and Oct. 2 at YMCA/Snow Mountain Ranch. Join trail run/walk (2-3 miles or 7-10 mile options) and help raise funds for the Headwaters Trails Alliance. Registration fee $20/adult, $10/ages 6-12. Fee includes participation gift, ranch style BBQ, awards for top finishers. Register on-line at RunReg.com.HistoryThe Kauffman House Museum in Grand Lake will host History Day Aug. 7 from 1-5 p.m. Costumed characters bring history alive as they interact with visitors.Grand Arts Council will offer Tombstone Tales Sept. 6. in Grand Lake. Enjoy the amazing stories of those who have gone before us at the Grand lake Cemetery. Cars and trucksThe Third Annual Mud Race is from 2-6 p.m., June 19 at the Middle Park Fair Grounds in KremmlingThe 6th Annual Middle Park Classic and Hotrod show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31 at Mountain Parks Electric parking lot in Downtown Granby.Arts and CraftsGrand Lake Festival of the Arts & Crafts show will be June 12-13 in the Town Park. Take a tour of Art & Architecture in Grand Lake homes from 1-5 p.m. June 26. Elk Horn Art Gallery presents Carl Cassler – “A Lifetime of Art” from 1-6 p.m. July 17 to Aug 8 at the Elk Horn Art Gallery in Winter Park.The Alpine ArtAffair, including fine arts, jewelry, photography, sculpture, pottery, painting and glass, will be held July 24-25 in downtown Winter Park.FireworksGranby’s largest small town parade begins at 11 a.m. July 3 on Agate Ave. Fireworks follow at the rodeo arena at dusk. Grand Lake Fireworks Extravaganza, July 4 take place at the lakefront at dusk.The Fraser Valley celebrates with the Lance Gutersohn Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza from 4-10 p.m. July 4 at the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District Ball Fields.Kremmling will ‘Fire Up the Cliffs’ July 4 with barbecue, music and fireworks at dusk.
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