New Castle festival still needs volunteers |

New Castle festival still needs volunteers

Heidi RiceGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE – Although a coordinator has agreed to take on the Burning Mountain Festival and keep the event in the third week of July, volunteers are still needed to make it happen.The first meeting was held Tuesday night with the new chairperson of the event, Patti Payne. And while things are moving along, volunteers are still needed.”We need someone to volunteer … to do the Hogback Hustle (race),” Payne said. “That includes setup, entries and collecting the fees.”Last month, the New Castle Area Chamber of Commerce had considered canceling the Burning Mountain Festival at its traditional date in July and re-scheduling it to September because the previous chairperson was going to be out of town and there weren’t enough volunteers to pull it off.But since then, people have stepped up to the plate and the festival is now scheduled again for its traditional date in July, as it has been for the past 34 years.”One of the volunteers is a newcomer, Clinton Carroll, who has only lived in New Castle for two weeks,” Payne said. “He’s going to take over the Coal Country Feud.”Another recent volunteer is Monique Speakman of New Castle, who agreed to chair the parade on Thursday.For more information or to volunteer to help with Burning Mountain Festival, call the New Castle Area Chamber of Commerce at 984-2897.

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