Burning Mountain Festival celebrates the Old West
“The spirit of the Old West” is this year’s Burning Mountain Festival theme. The theme will be carried out on Saturday at high noon, with a shootout reenactment of the gunfight that happened in downtown New Castle.Twenty New Castle businesses are participating in the New Castle Town Giveaway this year. Participants only need to visit each location and fill out the Enter To Win entry pads. Winners will be contacted the following week between Wednesday, July 19, and Friday, July 21. Enter to win anytime between Tuesday, July 11, and Tuesday, July 18. Most of the businesses will be available on Saturday during the Burning Mountain festivities. Each location will have a window poster displayed at their business.Businesses participating in the New Castle Town Giveaway are Farmers Insurance, Accents A new Creation, Devin’s Barber Shop, Renaissance House of Furniture, The Picket Fence, Making New Waves, Hogback Pizza, Burning Mountain Bowl, New Castle Family Fitness, Rocky Mountain Realtors, Re/MAX Hometown Realty, Bob’s Bikes, New Castle Diner, H&H Concrete, The Timberline, New Castle City Market, Subway, Kum & Go, Alpine Bank and Mr. T’s.Entertainment at the gazebo in the park will delight festival goers all day. At 1 p.m., the Western Slope Cloggers will perform, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. T. Ray Baker will perform, from 4-6 p.m. Jimmy Ibbotson will take the stage, and Cowboy Attitude will round out the evening from 7-9:30 p.m.There will be a poker tournament at Elk Creek Mining Company at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Interested participants may call Will at Elk Creek ( 984-0828) or show up and put name on sign-up list. The Denver Poker Tour is producing the tournament, and the New Castle Chamber is sponsoring the event. It is free of charge. First place will receive a $100 gas card, second place will get a $50 gas card, and third place receives a $25 gas card. These prizes are from the New Castle Kum & Go.For the parade, kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes, wagons or other forms of transportation in keeping with the old West spirit. Well-behaved pets may dressed up and included in parade entries. All pets must be contained or on a leash. No registration is necessary; just show up at Riverside Middle School parking lot. All kids participating will receive a prize. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., author Fiona Lloyd, who wrote “Horsetrails of Garfield County – New Castle to DeBeque,” will be at the New Castle Branch Library. The library will also sponsor a silent auction, new book sale of Western Colorado/local history, and perpetual used book sale. Call (970) 984-3473 for more information. The Hogback Hustle had a record 100 human participants and one canine participant on Saturday, July 8. Dave Schroeder officially signed up his dog, Fischer, who is 6 years old, or 42 in dog-years.Customer appreciationWith all the Burning Mountain Festival events, don’t forget Alpine Bank New Castle will be having a Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14 to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Drawings will be held for many prizes, including four Broncos tickets. The bank will also be serving root beer shots, hot dogs, hot pretzels, and more.Stop by for Customer Appreciation Day and congratulate the Alpine Bank New Castle staff: Val Harju, Claudia Plattner, Lesley Morse, Sherry Todd, Ann Jackett, Kathy Rada, and Judy Shaffer.”We want to thank New Castle for our first great 10 years. Please stop by and help us celebrate!” said Judy Shaffer, bank manager.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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