New Castle’s 125th celebration ramps up this weekend
Post Independent Staff
NEW CASTLE — This town’s year-long 125th anniversary celebration gets into full swing once again this weekend, with a Vintage Base Ball tournament combined with a Community Picnic and Ice Cream Social, a Cowboy Gala Ball to kick it all off, and a multi-denominational service to wind things up.
Throughout this year, the town has been staging periodic birthday-party events, to commemorate the town’s founding in 1888.
The celebration will continue with the Hogback Hustle 5K run (and a walk for families) on July 13, the Burning Mountain Festival Sept. 7-8, and a chili cook-off on Dec. 7.
The anniversary also is being highlighted at New Castle Storytelling hours at the New Castle Branch Library, 402 Main St., and exhibits of local artists’ work at the Oz Studio, at 331 Main St.
The weekend’s festivities get going on June 14, with the Cowboy Gala Ball at VIX Ranch Park from 8-10:30 p.m., featuring the country-western musical talents of a local band, the Smuggler Mountain Boys, and dance caller Pat Danscen.
Tickets to the Cowboy Gala are $10 per person.
The park is located on the northern edge of the Castle Valley subdivision, which is a relatively new area of development on the other side of Mt. Medaris from the historic old town. The park can be reached by taking Castle Valley Boulevard north from the intersection at U.S. Highway 6, through two roundabouts to Alder Way. Take a right on Alder Way and continue to North Wild Horse Drive and another right turn. The park is located at the end of North Wild Horse Drive.
Patrons at the Gala are encouraged to come in Western wear appropriate to the era of the town’s founding, said Debbie Nichols, administrative assistant at Town Hall.
On June 15, the party gets going at 9 a.m., also at VIX Park, with tents provided by Mr. T’s Hardware to give revelers a break from the sun. Participants are urged to bring lawn chairs and other gear appropriate to picnics, including hats.
An all-day picnic is planned, and participants can either bring their own picnic with them or buy hot dogs, barbecue and other fare from a food booth run by the Garden School in New Castle.
Starting at 11 a.m., the Vintage Base Ball tournament will get under way, with three teams vying to win the championship.
Two teams are from New Castle — the historically named New Castle Blues, named after a team that was around and playing in local leagues in the early 1900s, and the New Castle Miners. Both teams feature “ballists,” the old-time monicker for players, from around the region.
Also playing will be the Silt All-Stars, a team that plays in the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association, and which has provided logistical support, training and general knowledge of the game during the organization of the New Castle tournament.
While the elimination games are going on, the event organizers have called for an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social starting at 4 p.m., with ice cream furnished by the New Castle Diner restaurant.
The championship game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., afterward the party is to continue with live music by yet another local band, 50/Fifty.
On Sunday, organizers have arranged for a multi-denominational worship service from 10-11:30 a.m., featuring sermons by a group of area ministers and pastors.
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