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RIFLE – Dance to the Apple Jam, watch the Apple Dumpling Stick Horse Rodeo or just plain eat apple pie – but come out to the fourth annual Apple Pie Day event being held this weekend at Deerfield Park in Rifle.The event will begin with the Apple Jam street dance from 4-8 p.m. on Friday night at the weekly farmer’s market on Third Street with a disc jockey spinning the tunes.On Saturday, the apple baking contest will start with registration at 9:30 a.m. and judging beginning at 10:30 a.m. Anyone wishing to enter an apple dish is welcome to bring it on down. “But you have to have one dish for judging and one for the auction,” said Renelda Batson, a co-chairman of the event. “You can make an apple pie or something else – but you have to make two of them.”Apple pie judges will include Garfield County Commissioners John Martin and Larry McCown, as well as Citizen Telegram editor Carrie Click.Along with the apple pie contest, there will be an Apple Dumpling Stick Horse Rodeo at 1 p.m. for kids up to 10 years old, as well as other kids’ events, and local food and craft vendors will be on hand. The Rifle Recreation Department will hold the outhouse races with registration beginning at 3:30 p.m.Entrance to all events is free. For more information, call Debbie Zemlock at 625-3189 or Renelda Batson at 625-1308.Petre named new water judgeDistrict Court Judge Daniel B. Petre was named the new water judge for water division 5 by the Chief Judge James Boyd on Thursday. The position became vacant with the passing of Judge Peter Craven. Craven suffered a heart attack while riding his bicycle in Aspen on June 20.


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