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Silt HeyDays to celebrate big occasion

Kelli Rollin
krollin@postindependent.com

This weekend marks the 46th annual Silt HeyDays, but the town has much more to celebrate this year: its centennial.

And because of that, this year’s HeyDays schedule from Friday through Sunday seems more happening than ever. More than 10 events are scheduled.

“This is a big one,” said Peggy Swank, a member of the Silt HeyDays committee.

The festival will take place at Stoney Ridge Park. It’s only the second year it’s been hosted there, and Swank said it’s a good central location for the many events going on.

“We’re all within a block of each other,” she said, noting other events such as the Anvil Points Quilt Guild’s Annual Show.

The festival kicks off Friday with a series of ’80s rock tribute bands at 6 p.m. in the park.

After the concert, which costs $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children if tickets are purchased in advance, a fireworks show will light up the sky to celebrate Silt’s 100 years.

With a pancake breakfast the next morning, attendees will be able to enjoy free country music from Timbermill Music and Twirp Anderson until 10 a.m.

Swank said Anderson has been around the Aspen area and Silt HeyDays for years, but hasn’t performed at the festival lately.

“He hasn’t played with us for a couple of years, but he’s coming back this year because of the centennial,” she said.

A horseshoe tournament is new to the celebration this year. The horseshoe pits were dug a year ago, but haven’t been put to much use yet, Swank said. Someone decided to organize a tournament this year, so it was recently added to the schedule.

“In the early years, HeyDay always played horseshoes,” Swank said. Little by little, the town had to get rid of the tournament because of space constraints at the previous HeyDays location. “It’s nice to have it back,” Swank said.

Other activities include a parade with the theme of “100 Years of Community,” Farm Olympics and a car show.

Swank, who has been a part of the HeyDays committee for 22 years, said she has a few favorite things about the festival.

“My favorite part is just the sense of community,” she said. “Everybody knows what their job is, and it’s just seeing it come together every year.”

Swank also enjoys the pancake breakfast because it’s an opportunity to visit with people she sees less frequently. In particular, elderly residents enjoy the breakfast, which is special, Swank said, because some are in their 90s and approaching their own centennial.

“It’s nice to see the people that have been involved in this community for so many years.”


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