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Some people will get pies in their eyes for the benefit of New Castle’s BMF

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

You won’t want to miss the pies-in-the-faces consequences for the last place Coal Country Feud team on Saturday, June 9, at the New Castle Community Center. Will it be the Bankers team? Will it be the Post Independent team? Will it be the Town Staff team?Well, the Post Independent team will be studying a little harder this year, because even though we like whipped cream, especially if it’s on top of something chocolate, we’re not too crazy about being the targets of whipped-cream pies. A pie will be thrown at each team member of the losing team. Who will be the person or persons throwing the pies? A silent auction for the pie thrower distinction will be held during dinner and the festival T-shirt voting. The Coal Country Feud starts with a spaghetti dinner made by the local Boy Scout troop and New Castle Chamber members at 6 p.m. Be there or kick yourself later. The event also includes a raffle at the door for door prizes donated by local community members. All proceeds benefit this year’s Burning Mountain Festival.

Everyone is invited to participate in the 34th annual Burning Mountain Festival parade, to be held at 10 a.m. July 21 down Main Street. This year’s festival theme is “A Family Affair,” and the Grand Marshals will be the Harley Rippy family. Parade registration, more information and/or entry forms are available on the New Castle Chamber Web site,, or by calling the New Castle Chamber at 984-2897. If you are interested in impressing your fiends with bragging rights to something really different, think about participating in the 2007 Irene Frigge Memorial Bed Race during the Burning Mountain Festival. Teams consist of adults 18 and older, one rider and four runners/pushers. Prizes will be awarded, but the best part is the whole process, and the stories you can tell your children and grandchildren. Entry forms and rules can be obtained at Town Hall, the New Castle Community Center, or the Chamber Web site, Sign up early, as space is limited.The West Care Ambulance’s Pancake Breakfast will offer tasty pancakes from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the community center, right before the festival.Entertainment has been booked for the festival weekend Friday evening, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, in Burning Mountain Park. Festival organizers are looking for sponsorships to help offset the cost. Attendance is free to the public, but any donations to help are appreciated. Please contact Mo Maznio at 984-0208 to offer your donation.The ever-popular beer garden will be open from 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 20, and from noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Enjoy a cool beverage while listening to great music in the park.Would you like to serve up your signature scrumptious temptations to the mobs of hungry festival-goers? Festival organizers are looking for food vendors to participate in this year’s event, from 9 a.m. to dusk. Anyone who would like to participate should contact Julie Samuelson at 984-2646 or Mickey Tucker at 984-3530. Online registration forms are available at Deadline is June 30.

The clog-dancing group, the Western Slope Stompers, will perform a recital entitled, “Stars in Motion,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Rifle High School auditorium. The recital will include over fifty dancers ages four to adult. The dancers have been working on their performances for the past year.

Starting in June, the town’s newsletter will be issued in June, September, December, and March, mailed with your water bill. Renters who don’t get their own water bill will not receive the newsletter. Copies are available in Town Hall for residents who don’t receive a copy in the mail, or visit the town’s Web site, 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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