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Car shows to merge for summer event

John StroudPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Classic car lovers in Glenwood Springs and Silt will get a double bonus on one big weekend this summer, as three local car shows merge into a single event over three days in late July.The Valley Cruisers Classic Car Club, which has had its annual car show in Carbondale for the past several years, is joining forces with the organizers of two other shows for what’s being billed as the Grand River Classic Car & Motorcycle Days on July 29-31.The weekend will combine the Valley Cruisers’ show with the Downtown Glenwood Car Show on Saturday, July 30, along Seventh Street and Cooper Avenue in Glenwood Springs. A Friday night barbecue and street dance will precede that event.Then a poker run and cruise on Saturday evening will lead the car show participants to Silt’s Hey Day festival and the third annual Silt Car Show taking place on Sunday, July 31.”We were having some problems with scheduling and locations in Carbondale, so we decided it might make sense to combine forces with the Glenwood and Silt shows,” Valley Cruisers organizer Ron Madsen explained.”With the economy, it’s getting harder for the participants to do as many shows,” he said. “By combining them on one weekend, it makes it a little easier.”Madsen said the Valley Cruisers had been advised by Carbondale officials last fall that the town would no longer be able to close Main Street for the show in June, because it would mean two consecutive weekends of street closures.Carbondale plans to host the Rocky Mountain Omnium bicycle races June 17-19, including a Saturday criterium race, which will require Main Street to be closed. Some downtown merchants complained when Main Street was closed to traffic on two consecutive weekends last summer, saying it hurt rather than helped business.A newly formed special events committee recommended that Carbondale’s Main Street be closed for the bike race, but not the car show. It suggested the car show move back to Sopris Park, which was its original Carbondale location.”The club members didn’t really want to do that, so we started working on this plan,” Madsen said of the merged Grand River Classic. By the time other alternatives were offered to keep the show in Carbondale, the new plans were too far along, he said.”It’s something we wanted to go ahead and try, and it might be a little bit better for the participants,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Carbondale Board of Trustees last week approved a schedule of events for the remainder of the year that will require use of public facilities.Three events were approved for Main Street to be closed, including the June bike race, the town’s Citizen Appreciation Block Party and street dance, coinciding with the National Sheepdog Trials at the Strang Ranch on Sept. 17, and the “Light Up Carbondale” holiday celebration on Dec. 2.Other upcoming Carbondale special events include:• Dandelion Day, Saturday, May 7, Sopris Park• Bonedale Bike Week, May 16-23, Carbondale Recreation Center• Wild West Rodeo Series, Thursdays, June 2 – Aug. 18, Gus Darien Riding Arena• Team Roping Series, Sundays, June 5 – Aug. 28, Darien Riding Arena• Farmers Market, Wednesday afternoons, June 15 – Oct. 5, 4th Street Plaza• Rocky Mountain Omnium, June 17-19, downtown Carbondale• 10th Sopris Music Fest, June 23-26, 4th Street Plaza• CCAH summer Concert Performances, June 17 on the 4th Street Plaza and July 4, 10, 17 and July 24 in Sopris Park • 40th Carbondale Mountain Fair, July 29-31, Sopris Park• KDNK Blues & BBQ, Aug. 20, 4th Street Plaza• Festival Las Americas, Aug. 28, Sopris Park• Cowboy Up Sheep Dog Party, Sept. 16, 4th Street Plaza• Potato Day, Sept. 24, Sopris

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