Silt prepares to celebrate its day in the sun once again |

Silt prepares to celebrate its day in the sun once again

Heidi RiceWestern Garfield County Staff
Post Independent File Photo/Kelley CoxGreen Acres 4-H members celebrate Silt Hey Day 2004 alongside a fire truck.

SILT Hey, hey, hey Titans! is the slogan of the 36th annual Silt Hey Day celebration Saturday. The town is honoring the opening of the new Coal Ridge High School between Silt and New Castle.We want to welcome Coal Ridge High School, so thats the theme of the parade, said Ricky McLaughlin, a member of the Silt Hey Day committee.School administrators, teachers and students will be the grand marshals of the parade on Saturday, and will ride in a float built by the students.The parade will line up at 9 a.m. at Roy Moore Elementary School on Orchard Avenue on Saturday morning. Judging will be between 9 and 9:30 a.m., and the parade will make its way through town at 10 a.m. The parade route will go from the school and head south on Ninth Street, west on Highway 6 & 24 to Fifth Street, north on Fifth to Grand Avenue, east to Seventh Street and back to the school.Parade entries will be accepted up to Saturday, but those who register after Aug. 3 will have to pay a $3 fee. Parade entry forms are available at Silt Town Hall, 231 N. Seventh St., or by calling 876-5801 to have one e-mailed.Saturday (aka Hey Day) will begin at 7 a.m. with the Silt Historical Society pancake breakfast in Veterans Park. The breakfast will include sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors and children under 12.Live music will be provided at the gazebo by the local band Heart of the Rockies: Twirp Anderson, Cash Cashman and John Sommers.The VFW Post 9304 will raise the flag at the pole in the park at 8 a.m.Food, craft and vendor booths will open at 9 a.m. in the park. The Anvil Points Quilt Guilds second annual show and sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silt Historical Park. Quilts will be hung all through the buildings. Admission is $2, which includes a door prize ticket.After the parade, there will be more entertainment, and the Silt Historical Society beer booth opens at 11 a.m. Local band Rocking Horse will play from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The Western Slope Stompers clogging group will entertain at 4:30 p.m. A watermelon-seed spitting contest is at 5 p.m. and a jalapeno-eating contest at 6 p.m.The day will end with music by Acoustic Mayhem from 7-10 p.m.There will also be music at two of the towns restaurants. At 9 p.m., Cowboy Attitude will play at the Silt Long Branch Saloon, and the Johnny O Band will be at the Miners Claim.Silt Hey Day started in 1969 when a group of residents wanted to do something to get community members together. It was a time when the last crops had been planted, and people wanted to relax.Silt didnt have its own special day like (the other communities) did, McLaughlin said. It started out as a small fund-raiser with a pancake breakfast and then people bringing picnic lunches to the park. Its transformed into what it is today.Contact Heidi Rice at 625-3245, ext.

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