Fun at Silt Heyday |

Fun at Silt Heyday

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
New Castle News

From the second annual Silt Heyday Car Show to the ever-popular vintage baseball game, to the Anvil Points Quilt Guild’s seventh annual Quilt Show, the whole family can plan on a great weekend in Silt July 31 and Aug. 1.

On Saturday, the festivities begin at 7 a.m. with music by the Defiance Stringband at the gazebo, while the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis cooks up some mighty fine pancakes for their pancake breakfast at the same time.

The 5K Heyday Hobble will also kick off at 7:30 a.m.

Booths open at 9 a.m. at the old Roy Moore Elementary School and at 10 a.m., the parade will start at the school. Kids can decorate their bikes and wagons and join in on the excitement of participating in an old-fashioned parade.

The Anvil Points Quilt Guild’s seventh annual quilt show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Silt historic Park, at Eighth and Orchard. Over 100 quilts will be hung over porch rails at the smithy, the school and between trees. Donate one dollar and get a chance to win a door prize.

The Western Slope Stompers and high school cheerleaders will perform starting at 11 a.m. at the gazebo.

Kids games rev up at 11:30 a.m. at the park.

Watch real he-men sweat it out in woolen baseball outfits during the vintage baseball game at 1 p.m. at Roy Moore Elementary.

Fun and games continue with at watermelon seed spitting contest at 4:30 p.m. at the park; the hot dog-eating contest at 5 p.m. at the gazebo; and a jalapeno-eating contest is at 6 p.m. at the gazebo – for those who have cast-iron stomachs.

The second annual Silt Heyday show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the park.

So come on down to Silt and enjoy some quality time with the family.

Did you know that if you idle your car for more than 10 seconds, it is more fuel-efficient to turn off the engine?

At a recent New Castle Town Council meeting, a proclamation was adopted to reduce excess idling of vehicles in all areas of town, but especially where children gather to be dropped off and picked up from school.

Reduced idling saves fuel and reduces pollutants, especially those causing respiratory problems such as asthma, and reduces contributions to climate-changing greenhouse gases.

The New Castle Climate Action Advisory Commission has been working hard to get air quality information out to the public and to get this proclamation passed.

All the New Castle Town Council members, as well as the mayor, have signed the pledge for an idle-free New Castle.

A comprehensive, community-based Air Quality Management Plan is in place in Garfield County. The county has undertaken extensive monitoring efforts, performed risk analysis assessments and participated in a number of EPA-funded programs to assess air quality in the area.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it. No more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days is needed. Anything more simply wastes fuel and increases emissions.

To learn more about what New Castle’s idling proclamation, visit the town’s web site, To learn more about what Garfield County is doing to protect and improve air quality, visit

– Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. For possible mention of a positive local news event or inspiration, please e-mail or call 618-6689.

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