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Grand Valley Days has been a celebration of small-town life for 93 years – and this year is no exception. The 94th Annual Grand Valley Days is this weekend, July 25 and 26. The party begins Friday evening with a rodeo at the park association rodeo grounds. Mary Satterfield explains that this is “Family Night” with admission only $20 per car, so load the car and head on down. The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. The next morning let the firemen cook your breakfast at the Senior Center between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. “It’s all you can eat for $3 for kids, $5 for adults or $20 for a family group,” said Michelle Foster who will be helping with the cooking.

After breakfast, bring your lawn chair and park in the shade in front of the old high school for the parade. “Let Freedom Ring” is this year’s theme. The parade starts at 10 a.m. Kids – bring a bag to fill with candy. The Grand Marshall for the parade is Ivo Lindauer, a homegrown celebrity. Street sports for the entire family begins right after the parade, with lots of fun prizes.

Another rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, and at 9 p.m. dance to the music of “Silver Smoke.” The street dance is at Cottonwood Park and admission is free, thanks to our friends at Alpine Bank. This is a great little celebration, and I especially like the fact that the organizers remember us working folk and keep the prices more than reasonable for us.

Battlement Mesa Activity Center

The Battlement Mesa Activity Center will be hosting a cribbage tournament on Aug. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. Prizes and light refreshments will be provided for participants. All ages are welcome! What a great way to beat the heat and have fun at the same time. Please sign up at the front desk of the activity center.

Fran Storm is especially proud that The David Taylor Contemporary Ballet Dance Company of Denver will be performing again this year on Sept. 20. Get your tickets early, last year the performance sold out! I know – I didn’t get to go.

Garfield School District No. 16

Garfield School District No. 16 and the Grand Valley Booster Club will be hosting an evening with motivational speaker Reggie Rivers on Aug. 17. Plans are still in the works, but it looks like a barbecue, entertainment by the “Hot Strings Band” and a talk from Reggie will be offered this evening at the high school.

Reggie is a former Denver Broncos player and is a journalist of print, radio and television. Reggie has four published books and is a gifted speaker. I have personally heard Reggie speak and was greatly impressed with this young man. He engages his entire audience – young and old.

This will be a benefit to support our newly rejuvenated band program at the middle and high schools. After a long and extensive search, a band instructor has been hired. The Booster Club hopes to have Mr. Van Merritt, the band instructor, on hand this evening for all of you to meet. I will have more on this benefit in a future column.

Mary Moore’s column “Grand Valley News” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8515, ext. 108, or e-mail to

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