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Burning Mountain Festival volunteers gear up for July

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kay Vasilakis

The brand-new, New Castle Chamber office, located at 240 W. Main Street, Suite 1E (Mattivi Building) was almost packed with volunteers Tuesday night, to discuss among other things, plans for the popular Burning Mountain Festival, which is scheduled for July 20-22.Longtime New Castle resident Patti Payne has stepped up to the plate to chair the event this year. Patti has had much experience coordinating and planning events, including two firefighter conventions in Glenwood Springs, and many local bridge tournaments.This year’s Burning Mountain Festival theme is “A Family Affair.””I am impressed with three new people who came and attended this meeting just because they wanted to become involved,” said Patti. “Clinton Carroll, who has only been living in the town of New Castle for two weeks, volunteered to chair the Coal Country Feud. Way to go, Clinton! He’s fabulous and I’m so exited to be working with him. He is to be commended for volunteering for something he knows nothing about.”King Lloyd addressed the group about his ideas for additional festival events. He will be coordinating rafting and kayaking races, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 21. In the kayak races, he’s planning boys and girls divisions, with two challenging “stop and go” out-of-kayak experiences. The raft races will be limited to manufactured rafts, six co-ed participants in each raft, with one stop-and-go event. The races will feature “Le Mans” start, in which participants run for the boat. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver and supply their own life jackets and safety equipment.

Volunteers are needed for the Hogback Hustle, the parade, set up and cleanup. To become involved in any of these exciting activities and more, call Patti at 309-0177.Stay tuned for more details about the Coal Country Feud, Burning Mountain Festival and the kayak and rafting races.

The Spring Fling at the New Castle Community Center will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28.Organizers say the event will feature a Marketplace, including a craft fair and home business information; a Touch-A-Truck for kids; a silent auction; a fishing derby and a garden show.The Alder Pond Youth Fishing Derby will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 2 at Alder Pond in Castle Valley Ranch. The Division of Wildlife and New Castle Rec Department are teaming up to bring this event to New Castle, and it is sponsored by Mr. T’s.There will be two age groups: 9 and under and 10-15. The 9-and-under category will fish from 2-3:30 p.m., and the older age group will fish from 3:30-5 p.m.The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Each age group is limited to 50 participants and registration must be received by April 27 at the New Castle Recreation Department. Prizes will be awarded in these categories – Longest individual fish, not including a “lunker;” total length of four fish; and first to catch a fish, not including a lunker. If anyone catches one of the two lunkers, they receive a grand prize. Mr. T’s is providing the awards. Kids receive fishing poles and other equipment.Call 984-3352 for more information. “It should be a blast, the kids will get a fishing clinic where they receive instruction how to catch a fish and fishing etiquette,” said New Castle Recreation Director Bryan Vashus.More information about the Spring Fling will be published as it becomes available.

New Castle citizens are working with town leaders to create “Art in Public Places,” to help beautify downtown New Castle. Town Council has approved $2,000 in current funding with the goal of creating a mural or other artwork to beautify the New Castle Community Center area of downtown. For more information, contact Patty Ringer at 984-0445. The deadline for proposals is April 1, with art to be installed by July.

Don’t forget the benefit for the Advocate Safehouse Project, produced by New Castle’s very own Linda Jenks, to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Rifle. Three Western Slope classical pianists, Linda Jenks, Terry Lee and Andrew Todd will perform music from Bach to Brubeck. For more information on the Advocate Safehouse Project, call 945-2632 and for more information regarding the concert, please call 984-0419.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.

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