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Burning Mountain Festival goes back to the future

Heidi RiceWestern Garfield County Staff

NEW CASTLE You wont need a DeLorean time machine to travel Back to the Future With Coal Ridge High the theme of this years Burning Mountain Festival but you will need to bring your family and friends for some good old-fashioned fun.The theme is based on the new Coal Ridge High School between New Castle and Silt, which will open its doors for the 2005-2006 school year.”Its kind of back to the future because there was a high school in New Castle before and now there is again, said Karen Wood, who came up with the slogan.Judy Gordon, who is coordinating the festival with Wood, agreed.Our community is getting a new high school and its been 1963 since we had our last graduating class, Gordon said.Coal Ridge High School is holding an open house at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 29.Burning Mountain Festival activities begin today and run through Sunday, July 17.The July 8-9 weekend includes softball tournaments and a 5K run/walk. A concert will be held in Burning Mountain Park on Wednesday evening with music by Ralph Dinosaur & The Fabulous Volcanoes.More than 30 New Castle girls will compete in this years Burning Mountain Pageant on Thursday night at Kathryn Senor Elementary School.The girls will interview with the judges in the morning and perform their talent show that evening, said Wood, who coordinates the pageant every year.A SuperBowl golf tournament at Lakota Ranch Golf Course kicks off the event on Friday, July 15, along with a skate park competition for kids 9 and older at the Hogback Skate Park in the Castle Valley Ranch subdivision.That Friday night will feature several activities in Burning Mountain Park, including the Taste of New Castle with fare from local eateries, the beer garden and crowning of the Burning Mountain Royalty. New Castle SuperBowl will host a bowling tournament.Musician John Adams, whose bluegrass-country style of music has been compared to the late John Denver, will play in the park that evening. Adams was born in the Netherlands in 1958 and moved to America in 2000.Hes wonderful, Gordon said. Hes given concerts all over the United States. Were lucky to have someone like that in New Castle.The peak day of the festival will be Saturday, July 16, with events beginning early morning with the annual pancake breakfast at the New Castle Community Center. The parade will march down Main Street at 10 a.m. Saturday morning with the staff of Coal Ridge High School acting as the grand marshals.Music, food and craft vendors, childrens activities and the Coal Country Karaoke Contest will be held in Burning Mountain Park throughout the day. The traditional antique car show will line up along Main Street, old-time movies and popcorn will be served up at the New Castle Community Center and the Irene Frigge Memorial Bed Race will wheel its way down Main. Entertainment Saturday evening will be by groups Local Color and Lever Action in the park.The festival will wrap up on Sunday, July 17, with Church in the Park and music, a horseshoe tournament and community picnic. At 6 p.m. the 3rd Annual Burning Mountain Family Bowling Tournament will be held at New Castle SuperBowl.For more information about Burning Mountain Festival or for event registration, visit http://www.newcastlechamber.org or call Gordon at 984-2415.

Wednesday, July 13: 7-9:30 p.m. Ralph Dinosaur & The Fabulous Volcanoes Friday, July 15: 6-9 p.m., Taste of New Castle and beer garden Friday, July 15: 7-9:30 p.m., John Adams Saturday, July 16: 9-10 a.m., Mariachi Alma de America Saturday, July 16: 11:30 a.m., karaoke contest Saturday, July 16: noon to 2 p.m., Skippy the Clown Saturday, July 16: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Spooky and Boogiemen with Camille Toler Saturday, July 16: 7-9:30 p.m. Lever Action, country and rock n roll Sunday, July 17: 9:30 a.m., Nichole Hope Sunday, July 17: noon, community picnic with music by the Johnson Family, bluegrass and southern gospel

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