New Castle ready to light the fuse on annual Burning Mountain Festival
NEW CASTLE – “The Spirit of the Old West” is the theme for this year’s Burning Mountain Festival, which will kick off with the Hogback Hustle on Saturday, July 8.In keeping with the theme of the festival, new this year will be the re-enactment of a famous Old West shootout, which occurred in downtown New Castle in the 1800s.”We chose the theme because of the town’s Old West heritage,” said Patti Reich, chairperson for the Burning Mountain Festival Committee. “We’d also like people to dress up western.”Burning Mountain Festival runs from July 8-16, with the main events happening on Saturday, July 15.The week will begin with the Hogback Hustle race at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday starting at the New Castle Family Fitness Center, winding down Castle Valley Boulevard and ending at Burning Mountain Park across from the post office in downtown New Castle.Registration is $15 prior to the race or can be done on race day between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. A $5 late registration fee will apply. Prizes will be distributed when all participants have crossed the finish line. A post-race breakfast provided by Boy Scout Troop 221 is included in the registration fee. The race fees benefit Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers.The annual Burning Mountain Festival Pageant for New Castle girls ages 6-18 will be held at 7 p.m. at Riverside School on Thursday, July 13.For more information about participating in the pageant, call Karen Wood, pageant coordinator, at 984-3625.The golf tournament will be held at Lakota Canyon Ranch on Friday, July 14. Also on Friday, the annual Taste of New Castle will begin at 6:30 p.m. with local restaurants participating.The main events and climax of the festival is on Saturday, July 15, beginning with a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the Guild Hall.This year, the food and craft vendors will open their booths along Main Street, instead of Burning Mountain Park, beginning at 9 a.m.”They’ll be along the street from the park and westward,” Reich said. “People can walk along the sidewalk and peer into the booths.”The classic car and motorcycle show will cruise through town shortly before 10 a.m., followed by the annual parade.At noon, the Old West shootout will be re-enacted on Main Street by the Garfield County Regulators.A hip-hop show will take place at 1 p.m. at the New Castle Community Center as well as a performance by the Western Slope Cloggers in Burning Mountain Park.Music in the park will include T-Ray Becker from 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Jimmy Ibbotson from 4 to 6 p.m.; and Cowboy Attitude from 7-9:30 p.m.The festival will end on Sunday, July 16, with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the New Castle Community Center, followed by Church in the Park at 9:30 a.m.”We’re still looking for sponsorship and we’re always needing volunteers,” Reich said.For more information, contact Reich at 984-2861 or (970) 260-8278.
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