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Jessica Cabe

I’ve spent my first couple weeks in Glenwood Springs meeting some of the movers and shakers of the arts community. I’ve talked to organizers of art shows, board members of our community orchestra, theater directors and more.

And what I’ve come to learn is there is a whole world of entertainment out here just waiting to be discovered.

Hopefully, this is something you already know. Hopefully, you take advantage of the fantastic A&E opportunities this fine region presents.

But if not, I encourage you to join me in discovering all the fun you can have right here.

Friday

The 39th annual Snowmass Balloon Festival kicks off bright and early this morning with the Carter Memorial Colorado Rat Race. From 7 to 10 a.m., 25 hot air balloons piloted by some real daredevils will race down valley to see who can get the farthest in this three-hour window. The festival continues through Sunday with a variety of contests that are sure to be fun for the whole family to watch. For more information, visit http://www.snowmassballoon.com.

Saturday

Glenwood Springs Ford presents its 2014 Classic Car Show, featuring vehicles that are 15 years or older. Even if you don’t know your way around under the hood, the show’s free hot dogs and ice cream, music and door prizes worth $500 are sure to offer a good time. Those interested in registering a car can do so in advance at http://www.GlenwoodSpringsFord.com/CarShow. Registration the day of the event takes place from 7 to 9:45 a.m. Vehicles need to be complete and older than 1979 to qualify. Awards include People’s Choice, Best Original, Best Custom and more. All proceeds benefit YouthZone.

Sunday

Summer won’t be with us much longer, so take advantage of the outdoors with an 8-mile overnight hike starting Sunday into Thompson Divide with Wilderness Workshop. The trail you’ll take travels through aspen trees and oak brush and offers breathtaking views of the Finns, Mount Sopris and the eastern part of the divide. For more information, contact Alex Bethel at 970-963-3977 or alex@wildernessworkshop.org. Sign up for the hike at http://tinyurl.com/mooqf3o.

Jessica Cabe always takes advantage of free hot dogs and ice cream. She can be reached at jcabe@postindependent.com.


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