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Annual soup contest is Tuesday at the Downtown Market

Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood's Downtown Market
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoCelebrate the harvest season at the Glenwood Downtown Market's annual soup contest, featuring the creations of 10 local restaurants. Tasting begins at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets are $5.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – This past week we heard predictions of the first snowfall above 9,000 feet in our valley. Our neighborhood bear was getting ready for cold weather, finishing off all but one lone apple from my early golden delicious apple tree.

It’s time for the Glenwood Downtown Market annual soup contest. Great soups will be prepared by local restaurants to warm our stomachs and provide culinary ideas for autumn and winter.

The market is from 4 p.m. to dusk on Tuesday at Centennial Park, Ninth and Grand, in downtown Glenwood Springs.

Ten local restaurants will be serving their best soups in the market’s soup contest and tasting, starting at 4:30 p.m. Colleen from the Riviera Restaurant has been helping the market recruit local restaurants for this year’s event.

A $5 ticket allows you to sample all the entries and vote for your favorite.

Three celebrity judges will also be tasting the soups: Bob Fullerton of Desert Sky Catering, Dan Weis of Breakfast in America and home chef Mike McCallum. The proceeds from this year’s soup contest will help fund upcoming events at Glenwood’s Downtown Market .

Several of the market vendors that are usually in the park will be moved over to Ninth Street this week. They will be joined by two new booths.

Julia Durmaj and Myra Keller of Shooting Star Ranch Alpacas offer felted and crocheted hats, crocheted scarves, felted boot insoles and felted soaps, all made from natural and hand dyed yarns from their 22 alpacas in Palisade. They can also add to your winter warmth with gloves, socks, sweaters, ruanas and a variety of ski hats.

Paula Schif of Sunlight Natural Products is showing products made from natural grown fibers of hemp, cotton and agave. Schif carries agave hand crafted bags and a home and bath scrubby. Her hemp twine for weaving, gardening or jewelry making comes in a beautiful range of colors. Her home goods – table runners, tablecloths, placemats, napkins and pillow covers – are 55 percent hemp and 45 percent cotton.

The produce at the farm booths is shifting to the warm, deep colors of fall. Crisp red apples, pears, melons, carrots and potatoes are filling their baskets. Garlic braids and 12-foot-high bundles of corn stalks for fall decorating can be found at the market.

The Downtown Market board has been busy this past week decorating witch’s hats again this year. They will be for sale near the market information booth. The sale of the hats will help complete the Rona Memorial Garden in Centennial Park.

When you visit the market take the time to look at the garden and the fence installation. Four of the pressed tin ceiling tiles used in the fence have historical connections to Glenwood Springs. Two are from the Captain Guild property on the Roaring Fork River and two are from the Rex Hotel, built in 1885, which was located on the corner of Seventh and Blake.

The Strolling Scones will be performing in the park starting at 5:30 p.m. The Strolling Scones are Rick Stockton and Helen Highwater from the North Fork Valley. They focus on melody, vocal harmony and a rockin’ beat. Little River Ranch is the music sponsor this week.

Glenwood’s Downtown Market presents more musical entertainment with an Oktoberfest celebration from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Centennial Park.

The Missing Links play from noon to 3 p.m. Alpine Echo Bavarian Band and the Bavarian dance troupe D’Miesbacher Oimtaler will perform from 3:30-7 p.m. Glenwood Canyon Brewpub’s finest brews will be featured along with German food. You will also find several of our regular season market vendors.

Start thinking about preserving some of the tastes of summer to have in the winter months.

The last Tuesday market will be Sept. 27. Join us and celebrate fall at our final markets of the year.

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