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Silt celebrated its 35th annual Heyday last weekend.

The event began in 1969 when alfalfa farmers wanted to celebrate the coming of autumn in the first weekend in August. This fell between the second and third crop season, which proved to be a good time for a community gathering.

This year’s theme, “Fired up on Silt,” honored local firefighters.



“We started thinking about the people who do great things for us in the community, and we just wanted to say, “Hey, we appreciate your efforts!'” Peggy Swank said.

Something that others appreciated in Veteran’s Park was the Sage Center booth, which featured a plan for a future arts center in Silt.



“We’re being pushed by needs,” Ellen Zagoras said.

According to Zagoras, there is an incredible wealth of artistic talent from New Castle to Parachute with no interrelated center.

Zagoras has raised millions of dollars and helped build two other art centers in another area, and she is intent on bringing the same vision to Silt.

Zagoras, along with Michele Howard Snode and Nancy Vidal, circulated a needs assessment among festival goers to assess the interest in classes that could be offered to the community. The curriculum could include filmmaking, visual and ethnic arts and a host of other courses that would address the needs of the diverse and changing population of the area.

“We want kids whose parents work all day to be able to explore the wide world of art,” Zagoras said.

The ladies from Jla’z House of Style, from left, Tracy Cordova-Flores of Rifle, a stylist; Jodie LaFrenz of Silt, owner and stylist; and Michelle Qualls of Silt, a stylist.

From left, Mary Haggert of Silt, secretary at the chamber of commerce; Ellen Holsan of Silt, a volunteer for the Congregational United Church of Christ; Stephen Self of Silt, who owns an Internet service; and Grace Michelle of Silt, who’s on the celebration committee at Congregational United Church of Christ.

Some of the ladies from the Silt Lions Club, from left, Linda Hansen of Rifle, a Realtor at Colorado Heritage; Marcie Wenzel of Silt, who works at Mountain Valley Developmental Services; and Debbie Sjodahl of Silt, works for KMTS.

From left, Liza Gallegos of Rifle; Ted Diaz of Rifle, member of the American Legion No. 78; and Jo Diaz of Rifle.

Garfield County Fair Royalty, from left, Ashley Church, 10, of Rifle attends Rifle Middle School, and was a contestant in the Jr. Miss division; Chante Church, 8, of Rifle attends Highlands Elementary, and is 2nd Attendant in the Jr. Miss division; and Ivy Wight, 7, of Glenwood attends Sopris Elementary, and is 1st Attendant in the Little Miss division.

Sage Center organizers, from left, Michele Howard Snode of Silt, a volunteer at Roy Moore Elementary, and Ellen Zagoras and Nancy Vidal of Silt.

Firefighters from Burning Mountains Fire Protection District, from left, John Gredig of New Castle, a computer programmer; C.J. Gredig, an RN at Valley View Hospital; and Tom Maddalone of Silt, apprentice lineman for Holy Cross.

Garfield County Fair Royalty, from left, essay winner Sabrina Thornton, 15, of Silt attends Rifle High School; 2nd attendant Kaelee Heuschkel, 15, of Glenwood attends Glenwood Springs High School; and 1st attendant Laurren Elshof, 16, of New Castle attends Glenwood Springs High School.


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