Its hot, and so are all the celebrations in Grand Valley |

Its hot, and so are all the celebrations in Grand Valley

Grand Valley newsMary MooreGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Everyone is invited to help the Grand Valley Christian Church in Parachute celebrate its 110th anniversary and raise money for the historic church restoration project. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 5, with an old-fashioned tent revival featuring John Doden, an evangelist and singer, with Walt Smith on the keyboard. The festivities continue at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 6, with a box lunch social. Kenny Mahaney will auction box lunches, with proceeds going to the historic church restoration. Bring your specially decorated box lunch and see if your sweetheart bids enough to enjoy the special picnic with you. Everyone should bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. The fun continues with Pucker Up Pastors for Pigs the local church ministers are accepting donations. The pastor with the most money in his jug will win the privilege of kissing a cute little piggy. Again, all proceeds will be donated to the historic church restoration project. At 5 p.m., there will be a hand-cranked homemade ice cream social. All afternoon there will be old-fashioned games for kids of all ages: sack races, cow-chip throwing, three-legged races, wheelbarrow racing and more. For those believing they are too old for the games, enjoy music provided by Marge and Melissa, Walt Smith, and Linda and Bob Boylan. Dont miss out on this old fashioned fun, make a note for July 5 and 6 at the Grand Valley Christian Church, located at Second and Parachute in Parachute.

Grand Valley Days 2008 marks its centennial year we are proud to provide a two-day rodeo and parade this year in celebration of our 100 years of nearly continuous operation. This celebration was canceled during times of war, but has been continuous over the years.One of the largest celebrations of Grand Valley Days this year will be held Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26. The rodeo is the first event, and is scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday. The Saturday evening rodeo will also begin at 7 p.m. This year, an additional $500 in prize money has been added to high-money winners for the combined days. All entries for the Friday and Saturday rodeo events need to be made between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. Monday, July 21. No pre-entries are required for the 12-and-under calf scramble.A pancake breakfast and bake sale are scheduled from 7-9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Methodist Church before the parade. This years theme for the parade is Grand Valley Proud, and many entries are expected. The Grand Marshal for this parade has been changed with honoring our historical families. We wish to include those who have family members that may have been part of the 1908 celebration. Please come and take part in the historical parade. Meet at the parade staging area and plan to walk, ride your horse or catch a ride that will be provided. For more information, please call Carol McClung at 970-589-2813. As usual, street sports and games will follow the parade.A pie social is scheduled at the Morrisania Community House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second annual Grand Valley Pub & Grill Poker Ride will begin at 8 a.m. Call 285-9616 for details and reservations. On Saturday evening following the rodeo, a street dance is scheduled at Cottonwood Park. The Missing Link band will provide the music.The raffle ticket program accompanying the Grand Valley Days activities is one of our more exciting events, with $2,000 available in cash or prizes. Raffle tickets are on sale at $4 each, two for $7 or three for $10. Tickets may be purchased from Alpine Bank, Battlement Mesa; Wells Fargo Bank, Battlement Mesa; Old Mountain Gifts, Parachute; Hideout, Parachute; or by calling Sarah at 285-1111.Dont forget all the fun activities at The Battlement Mesa Activity Center on Independence Day July 4. Mary Moores column, Grand Valley News, appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at (underscore between n and 3).

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