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Grand Valley Days returns to Parachute

Grand Valley Days is next weekend with some new touches to an old tradition.

Parachute will be celebrating its 114th Anniversary with the theme Small Town Throw Down. This year, they’ll be bringing back some of the old events like the post-rodeo concert. 

“After last year’s event, we had people say they missed it,” said Amy Beasley. “I always look forward to dancing after the rodeo.”

Friday, Aug. 19

The festivities will start off with a Cornhole Tournament and Beer Garden at 5 p.m. at Cottonwood Park.

A free Mexican Cowboy Rope Show and a Mexican folklore dance group is slated for 5:30 p.m. on the Rodeo Grounds.

The evening ends with a free concert from the local group Basement Brothers opening for Sundy Best at 7 p.m. in Cottonwood Park next to the rodeo grounds. Sundy Best is a country, Appalachian folk, bluegrass and rock band from Kentucky. Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on, and show up early to get a good view. 

Saturday, Aug. 20

Start Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the Grand Valley United Methodist Church, 123 N. Parachute Ave. Breakfast costs $7, and proceeds will go to the church.

The Hell or High-Water Parade will be at 10 a.m. on Second Street. The name is specific to the parade, since there will be a wet side and a dry side during the parade. Make sure to pay attention to the signs so you don’t unexpectedly end up getting splashed. 

Live music by Alpine Echo and vendors with games sponsored by Grand Valley Residential Team at the Early Learning Center follow from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Grand Valley Fire Protection District Colorado guard marches down Parachute Avenue in the Grand Valley Days parade.
Ryan Hoffman / Citizen Telegram |

A new and unique event that fits perfectly with this year’s theme of “Small Town Throw Down” is a Classic/Sports car vs. 4×4 Car Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Shops at Village Center, 73 Sipprelle Drive.

There will also be free laser tag games from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Combat, 68 Cardinal Way.

The Rodeo Slack will start at 4 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds, with the Rodeo at 7 p.m. followed by the concert. Meanwhile there will be vendors and a beer garden during the rodeo.

The band will be announced in the next few days.

Sunday, Aug. 21

The weekend will end on a sweet note with the pie and ice cream social and Noodle Soup, a Dixieland band, at the historical Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse from 1-3 p.m. 

The event will be free, but cash donations are accepted. 

The website with the full schedule is here.

PHOTOS: Garfield County Fair and Rodeo winds down

The Garfield County Fair and Rodeo was filled with colorful sights and sounds Friday and Saturday.

A rainbow soared over the fairgrounds just before Big & Rich took center stage in front of a packed house on Friday.

A hot and muggy Saturday morning was ushered in by a horse-drawn stagecoach clopping down Railroad Avenue during the parade.

The Fair continues Sunday with the Monster Truck Insanity Tour at 1 p.m., and an after fair screening of the film “My Garden of a Thousand Bees” at River Stop.

Here are a few scenes from the weekend festivities:

A couple dances to live music during the Garfield County Fair in Rifle on Friday.| Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
A couple dances to live music during the Garfield County Fair on Friday.| Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
Big Kenny of Big & Rich performs live at the Garfield County Fair in Rifle on Friday.| Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
A stagecoach rolls down East Third Street in downtown Rifle during the Garfield County Fair parade on Saturday.| Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
Cheerleaders raise pom-poms above their heads during the Garfield County Fair in Rifle on Saturday.| Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
A fire truck sprays water into the air during the Garfield County Fair parade on Saturday.| Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
A tie down roper competes at the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.| Chelsea Self/Post Independent
Chelsea Self/Post Independent
A bull rider is thrown head over heels during the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.| Chelsea Self/Post Independent
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

Annual volunteer river cleanup coming to Glenwood Springs

You never know what treasures are submerged toward the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers.

Collective community river cleanups in the valley have revealed common items like roadside trash, damaged culverts and, according to one official, bathroom receptacles.

“A toilet was removed from the Roaring Fork one year,” Trent Hyatt, a Glenwood Springs River Commission Liaison, said.

Hundreds of volunteers each year are inspired to walk and clean the banks of these vital Garfield County waterways. Called Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park/Iron Mountain Hot Springs RiverFEST, this vast effort facilitated by the river commission typically yields 10 cubic yards of trash and junk annually.

Hyatt said the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers are extremely important resources for both life and economy. This includes recreation, agriculture and water supplies for cities downriver in Garfield County.

But sometimes people are unaware that the items they discard can be detrimental to the river’s ecosystem, according to Glenwood Springs Public Information Officer Bryana Starbuck. Everything gets down river, and this includes dog feces.

“There’s a common misconception out there that, ‘Oh, it’s natural. It is not. Dog poo is not good for our rivers, and it is not something that we want to flow downstream.”

RiverFEST originally started more than 20 years ago as purely a river cleanup event, Hyatt said. The event has transformed into more of an outdoor-cleanup-and-festival-style event over the past seven years.

“We’re trying to get the volunteers in the morning activated on various streams and rivers and different river segments around town,” Hyatt said. “But then, once they’ve done that hard work, we’re getting them back into Two Rivers Park to enjoy music, free lunch and free beer to celebrate their hard work in the morning.” 

After a grueling Saturday of collecting refuse, Glenwood Springs food truck El Taco Express is providing lunch while volunteers get a beer from local Casey Brewing & Blending. Donations are being accepted.

Grand Junction bluegrass band, Stray Grass, is also putting on a live performance at Two Rivers Park.

“We welcome all the public to come out to the park to listen to music and to potentially spend some time speaking to some of our vendors learning about riverine ecology and other organizations in our region that are working on our rivers,” Hyatt said.

RiverFEST is slated for Aug. 13, with cleanup between 9 a.m.-noon and celebratory festivities at Two Rivers noon-3 p.m. 

People can register the day of cleanup at the pavilion near the boat ramp at Two Rivers Park. To pre-register, visit https://cogs.us/268/RiverFEST-Annual-Clean-up-and-BBQ and click “Details and Registration” toward the left of your screen.

People can also float the rivers to collect trash.

“It’s definitely a great time to grab some friends and give back to the community that we all share and recreate in,” Starbuck said. “Give a little piece of your day, and then our community is so much cleaner and our rivers are in a better position.”


What: RiverFEST

Where: Begins at Two Rivers Park, 740 Devereux Road, Glenwood Springs

When: 9 a.m.-noon for cleanup; celebratory festivities at Two Rivers noon-3 p.m. Aug. 13

How much: Participation is free; donations accepted for festivities


Garfield County Fair offers a full weekend for the family

You might have missed the bull riding at the Garfield County Fair, but there is still plenty of excitement this weekend. 

“It’s all about harvesting dreams and growing our future,” said Carla Farrand, the County Fair director.


Start Friday early and make sure to start the day with the Beef Show at 9 a.m. 

“The Beef Show is very popular,” Farrand said. “We’re gonna have 34 beef that are gonna be showed.”

There will be everything from regular market to commercial ranch calf market. There will be producer market, which is where kids raised the cow, calved out the baby, and now they’re showing the baby. And 18 in the breeding facility that will be from heifers to cow-calf pair combinations, she said. 

Reagen Koehler shows her heavy weight market lamb during the 2022 Garfield County Fair lamb show on Thursday.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

The Round Robin Showmanship Contest is at 2 p.m. where the top senior will win an $800 scholarship, and enjoy the hard work of the county’s youth with the junior livestock sale on Saturday at 1 p.m. 

Friday night will end with a big concert from Big and Rich along with opener Jennifer Bell at 7p.m. 

Big & Rich has earned numerous Grammy, Academy of Country Music, Country Music Awards and Country Music Television accolades and awards, a fair news release announcing the concert states.

Jennifer Belle released her debut album, “Heart First,” in 2021 earning the California native “New Country Artist of the Year,” and “New Country Breakthrough Artist of the Year” nominations, the release states.

Saturday and Sunday

Saturday morning will start back up with the parade down Railroad Avenue starting at 16th Street at 10 a.m., it will follow Railroad Avenue until West Third Street and then ends at East Avenue.  

Make sure to show up early to get a good seat before the road closes. This will be a great time to see the hard work of the people in the county. There will be a 4-H float with 30 4-H kids and their projects, the Grand Marshal with the Garfield County Health Department, Full Throttle Dance Co., fair royalty and more. There are 59 groups registered for the parade with more than 600 participants. It’s going to be big. 

“Fair is about family and celebrating our heritage and way of life, and celebrating all the good things we’ve done as well as having fun as a family,” Farrand said.

Bull riders bow their heads in prayer before the start of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Xtreme Bull Riding on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

The South Hall is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., which is all of the 4-H general projects. 

“From cake decorating, to quilting, to sewing, to shooting sports education, to the history of western heritage,” Farrand said.

Open Class is daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. which is the community in general the county.

“A lot of your youth adults who didn’t do a 4-H project have entered there, so there’s a nice big sailboat in there. There’s lots of wooden tables, there’s food preservation, baked goods, vegetables, crafts, quilts, a lot of everything,” 

You will also want to get tickets soon for the Saturday night Demolition Derby because they will sell out. The show will start at 7 p.m. but gates will open at 5 p.m.

Sunday will be the Monster Truck Show at 2 p.m. and gates will open at noon. Show up early to make the Pit Party at 12:30 p.m. and meet the drivers and possibly pay extra to catch a ride in one of the trucks. 

Arts & Entertainment briefs for the weekend of Aug. 5

New Castle Rides and Reggae Festival

The New Castle Rides and Reggae Festival, a benefit for the New Castle Trails Group, celebrate reggae music, mountain biking and trail running on Friday night and Saturday at VIX Ranch Park, 627 N. Wildhorse Drive, New Castle.

Several local and nationally touring reggae bands are on tap for the weekend, including Saturday headliners Ballyhoo! at 8:30 p.m.

Friday lineup:

5 p.m. — Just A Feeling

6:30 p.m. — Chain Station

Saturday lineup:

11:30 a.m. — Just A Feeling

1 p.m. — Shwayze

2:30 p.m. — Jon Wayne and The Payne

4 p.m. — Kash’d Out

5:30 p.m. — Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds

7 p.m. — The Hip Abduction

8:30 p.m. — Ballyhoo!

Two trail race events also take place Saturday morning, a 10K run at 7 a.m. and the Dirty Dozen mountain bike race at 9 a.m. Both races begin at VIX Park.

Carbondale First Friday Classic Car show returns

Motorcycle rider with model
Martin Garfinkle/Courtesy photo

Carbondale’s Main Street will be lined with restored and carefully preserved classic cars and motorcycles as part of the First Friday events, from 5-8:30 p.m., sponsored by the Roadside Gallery and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce

Live music is on tap, along with giveaways, prizes and photo shoots by Roadside Gallery owner Martin Garfinkle. Spectators can also vote on their favorite classic ride. 

The Carbondale Car Show started in 2017 as an aside to a showcase of Garfinkle’s extensive biker photo collection. At that first show, a model posed with the motorcycles as Garfinkle photographed them. 

The car show now includes not only motorcycles but hot rods, classic cars and rustic rat rods.  

Entrants can check-in at 4:45 p.m. at Third and Main streets. Registration is at Roadside Gallery, 320 Main St.. There is no fee to enter the show. Email or call Debbi Fadli at debbi@roadsidegallery.com or 963-9332 for more information.

Carbondale Clay Center exhibit

The Love, Clay & Resilience show by Diego Valles and Carla Martinez continues at the Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St., with a First Friday reception from 6-8 p.m.

The exhibit showcases collaborative work inspired by the Mata Ortiz pottery tradition from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico. It will remain on display at the Clay Center Gallery through Aug. 13.

CIRC Mountain Celebration is Saturday

The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Mountain Celebration from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Field House, 3000 County Road 114.

There will be food and drinks, dancing, a photo booth and a special performance by Motus Theater, which works to create original theater to facilitate dialogue on critical issues.

Proceeds from the event go to support immigrant rights.

Final Glenwood Summer of Music concert tonight

Arts & Entertainment briefs: Fairs, music and more

Tyler Rust Band plays the Ute

The Ute Theater in Rifle welcomes 2022 Post Independent Locals Choice “Best Band” the Tyler Rust Band on Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music is set to begin at 8 p.m. Opening the show is Feeding Giants. Ticket info at utetheater.com.

Carbondale Mountain Fair

A contestant focuses even in a downpour during the limbo competition at the 48th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair in 2019.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

The 51st Carbondale Mountain takes place Friday through Sunday in and around Sopris Park, located between Seventh Street and Weant Boulevard south of Main Street. The festival includes free live music, contests such as men’s and women’s woodsplitting, limbo and (new this year) a potters relay, plus arts and crafts vendors opening at noon Friday, performance artists, food booths, children’s activities and more. More info at carbondalearts.com.

Music on the Mountain

The Music on the Mountain concert series continues from 6-9 p.m. Saturday for the price of admission at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road. This week’s musical guest is A Band Called Alexis.

Garfield County Fair & Rodeo

Garfield County Fair and Rodeo week begins Sunday and continues through Aug. 7 at the County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle, featuring livestock and other open show events. Several free events are slated, including a Ranch Rodeo at 4 p.m. Sunday, Family Rodeo at 6 p.m. Tuesday; Strongest of the Strong strongman competition at 9 a.m. Aug. 6 at the outdoor arena; parade on Railroad Avenue at 10 a.m. Aug. 6; and a cornhole tournament at 11 a.m. Aug. 6. Ticketed events include bull riding at 7 p.m. Wednesday; Pro Rodeo at 7 p.m. Thursday; concert with Big & Rich and Jennifer Belle at 7 p.m. Aug. 5; Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. Aug. 6; and Monster Truck Rally at 1 p.m. Aug. 7. Tickets and other info at garfieldcountyfair.com

Glenwood Summer of Music

The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music concert series concludes with Pixie & The Partygrass Boys, starting with openers The Queen Bees at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Two Rivers Park, 740 Devereux Road. Concerts are free, but donations are accepted to support the summer concert series. Info at glenwoodspringsummerofmusic.org.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters headline benefit concert in Carbondale

The Anna Lynn Cunningham Foundation’s second annual summer benefit concert features Big Head Todd and the Monsters at River Valley Ranch at 5:30 p.m. today to raise funds for children battling with cancer.

The fundraiser benefits children battling cancer. Big Head Todd and the Monsters, along with openers Shady Lane, offer uplifting music to compliment a positive vibe.

“The tone and nature of their music is really positive, upbeat, danceable and fun,” said Julie Warren, ALCF co-founder and mother of the nonprofit’s namesake. “We can all sing along because most of us are familiar with their music.”

The concert will be in memory of Anna Lynn Cunningham, who died at age 16 in February 2019, three years after battling her diagnosis of Ewing’s sarcoma.

The concert will take place where Warren and her husband run Golf and the Homestead Bar and Grill at River Valley Ranch. They will be converting the driving range into a concert venue for the special event.

“We’re thrilled to be involved with the foundation,” said Todd Park Mohr, the singer and guitarist of Big Head Todd and the Monsters. “Bringing people together and sharing a joy for a couple of hours is an important function of music. Music can cultivate community, even harmony. We need that!”

Warren said her daughter would be happy to know the fun people will have at the concert.

“I think that she would be really excited to just see all the people out for the concert,” Warren said. “The first year we had hundreds of kids just running around and dancing and playing in the driving range, and that was just a really heartwarming sight.”

VIP tickets are sold out, but general admission tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. If anyone is unable to make it to the concert, they are welcome to visit the website and make a donation. 

“I think she would just love to see the community gathering for a great cause and helping other kids fight this fight,” Warren said. “Even when she was faced with this diagnosis, she faced it with grace and a huge smile, and was just grateful for everything that she was given in life.” 

All of the proceeds will go to Colorado based charities, with last year’s concert benefiting Children’s Hospital Foundation, Brent’s Place, a Front Range home to give children who have low immune systems a safe and fun place to stay; and Camp Wapiyapi, a camp that gives children with cancer a chance to be children safely. 


“You can’t really interact with the world as a kid when you have cancer, because your immune system is basically destroyed by all of the treatment, and so this facility opens their doors with almost all medical volunteers that create a safe space for kids to go and continue treatment if they need to,” Warren said.

Warren explained how her daughter was still able to zipline and do tie dye and all the normal things that kids do during that time. She said the doctors and nurses were able to accommodate shuttling up an $8,000 injection while she was at camp so she could continue without leaving. 

“We’ve learned a couple other local families that are fighting right now with their children who have cancer diagnosis, and some of our funds hopefully will be able to go to support local families.” she said. “They also go to support organizations that do amazing things for families along their journey.”

Brent’s Place is also a safe home away from home with a very clean environment for children struggling with low immune systems from cancer or other causes. 

“They just make it an amazing home away from home for kids,” she said. “They just try to keep the joy in the kid’s life even as they’re going through this incredibly difficult journey,” Warren said.

Warren said she is happy to be helping people the way people helped her when Anna was battling through her cancer. 

“It’s almost its own world when you enter that world and I’m just so impressed by how many people keep themselves paying attention to that world, and really help these families,” Warren said. “We’re really grateful for all the things people did for us.”

If you go

What: Anna Lynn Cunningham Foundation benefit concert featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Shady Lane

When: 5:30 p.m. Friday

Where: River Valley Ranch driving range, 303 River Valley Ranch Road, Carbondale

How much: $35 for general admission

More info: Go to https://alcfoundation.net/alc-foundation-2022-benefit-concert/ to purchase tickets or find out more.


Latino Conservation Week culminates with Saturday celebration in Glenwood Springs

A weeklong celebration of Latino contributions to land conservation and connecting the Latino community to the outdoors concludes with a party at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs on Saturday. 

National Latino Conservation Week is recognized from July 16-24. 

The event locally includes a wildfire risk mitigation service project and river cleanup, as well as a hike up Grizzly Creek, fishing, rafting and other recreational activities Saturday morning. 

Then, from 1-5 p.m., there will be live music, food vendors, family activities and games at Two Rivers Park, 740 Devereux Road.

The event, ¡Celebremos al aire libre!, is organized by the Aspen Institute, the Wilderness Workshop’s Defiende Nuestra Tierra program and the White River National Forest, plus more than 15 partner organizations.  

“National Forest System lands are for everybody, and we want to ensure we are reducing barriers that could be keeping communities from enjoying the outdoors,” White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams said in a Forest Service news release.

Added Greg Gershuny, executive director for the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program, “This day of celebration represents a step in trying to break down these barriers and give each individual and each family the chance to enjoy their outdoor spaces, near and far.” 

Service opportunities include clearing vegetation near the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center to help with wildfire risk mitigation, and a river cleanup organized by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management at the South Canyon exit west of Glenwood Springs.

Preregistration is required for the various outdoor activities.

“The Defiende Nuestra Tierra program at Wilderness Workshop means ‘protect our land’ — something we know Latinos in Western Colorado are passionate about,” said Wilderness Workshop’s Defiende Nuestra Tierra director Omar Sarabia.

“¡Celebremos al aire libre! is an exciting opportunity to help deepen the connection between the Latino community and the public lands that provide us with clear air and water, jobs, and abundant recreational opportunities,” he said.  

For more information about the event and to register, visit wilderness-workshop.salsalabs.org/lcw2022fullday.

Johnny O Band takes Summer of Music stage Wednesday night

The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music continues tonight at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs with the blues sounds of The Johnny O Band. Opening the show starting at 6:30 p.m. is The Goodman Band. There is no admission to the concerts, but donations to the Summer of Music are collected throughout the evening.| Johnny O Band publicity photo
Johnny O Band