Don’t miss a minute of fun at Burning Mountain Festival |

Don’t miss a minute of fun at Burning Mountain Festival

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Spirits of New Castle will host a wine tasting from 47 p.m. Friday, July 13. The featured winery is Jack Rabbit Hill of Hotchkiss, which has all-organic wines and the only organic brandy in the United States. Spirits will also host a beer tasting from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 14. The featured brewery is Fat Tire. For more information, please contact Kim at 984-3225.Nineteen Burning Mountain Pageant contestants practiced every Tuesday night since May 21 for their chance in the spotlight at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Riverside Middle School. Friends and family may attend the pageant to support their favorite girls.The age groups for contestants are 5-7 Junior Burning Mountain Princess; 8-10 Burning Mountain Princess; 11-13 Junior Miss Burning Mountain Queen; and 14-18 Miss Burning Mountain Queen.

The Burning Mountain Pageant contestant group dance will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday on the stage. All contestants will participate in the parade, perform from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the park, and the awards will be announced during that time.The Taste of New Castle on Friday, July 20, brings music and food together. Participating people and businesses include Elk Creek Mining LLC, New Castle Café, Jeannie and Ryan Locke and City Market. Haden Gregg and Rush Street will be providing entertainment starting at 5 p.m. The chamber information booth in the gazebo will be open with official 2007 Burning Mountain T-shirts and miscellaneous items for sale. The winning Burning Mountain T-shirt winner design, decided by vote at the Coal Country Feud, was submitted by Lyndee Zelenka from Riverside Middle School. The ever-popular beer tent will offer libations at the Taste of New Castle, as well as from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the tent will go to the New Castle Chamber. You can cool off by just showing up to participate in the Water brigade contest at 2 p.m. July 21 at the community center parking lot. Lots of great items will be offered at the Boy Scout auction at 2 p.m. in Ritter Plaza.

The Burning Mountain Raft and Kayak Races will begin with the novice kayak race at 2 p.m. on the Colorado River below the new condominiums. The advanced kayak race, with men’s and women’s divisions, starts at 2:45 p.m. and the raft race begins at 3:30 p.m. Race applications are posted on the Chamber Web site,, or call King Lloyd at 876-2839.The Church in the Park, sponsored by the New Hope Church and the First Baptist Church of New Castle, will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

New Castle’s new community park will be unveiled in fall 2007, and the town is looking for help from the community to name it. The new 10-acre park, informally called North Park, is under construction northeast of Kathryn Senor Elementary School. Contest entry forms are available at town hall at 450 West Main Street, and on the town Web site, Contestants can drop off entry forms at town hall, or submit them by mail to P.O. Box 90, New Castle, CO 81647; by fax to 984-2716; or by e-mail to Entries will also be accepted at the Burning Mountain Festival in New Castle. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Saturday, July 21.The New Castle Town Council will select the winning entry. There will be a drawing of prizes for returned entries, with a grand prize awarded for the chosen name.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

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