Yearning for Burning Mountain Fest |

Yearning for Burning Mountain Fest

Run or walk in the fifth annual Hogback Hustle 5K race, beginning at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, July 12, at City Market in New Castle, to support Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and the local Boy Scouts.

After the race, breakfast will be provided by Boy Scout Troop 221. The first 150 to register will receive T-shirts and goodie bags. This is the third of six races in the Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series, and series points will be awarded to the top 10 finishers in each age group. Register online at or at, pick up a form at the New Castle Recreation Department, Factory Surplus or Performance Footwear in Glenwood Springs. For more information, call 984-9705 or 984-3352.

The second annual Raft and Kayak races will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, on the Colorado River. In the raft race, crews must have a minimum of one female or one male, with a maximum of six paddlers. All must have the usual and standard safety equipment. The race length is one mile.

The kayak race has a novice division and an advanced division. Call King Lloyd at 876-2839 for more information on either of these races.

The Last Minute String Band will perform from 3:30-5:30 p.m. July 12, at Coal Ridge Park.

Enjoy an evening of remembrances from a roundtable of descendants of New Castle’s early settlers, with a question and answer period following, at the New Castle History Night, from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the New Castle Branch Library. This is not a contest. Light, high-calorie refreshments will be served.

“We’re talking eyewitness people, here,” said Charlie Ringer, one of the event organizers. “It’s in line with the library district’s routine programming, and part of the library district’s continuing service to the community. It’s a good thing to have right now because there will be a lot of people visiting for the Burning Mountain Festival. It will probably turn out to be a good time to reminisce and tell stories of old-time New Castle.”

Festivities continue Thursday, July 17, with a wine and beer tasting from 5-8 p.m. at Spirits of New Castle Liquor Store. The Haden Greg Kelly Michel Band will perform from 6:30-9 p.m. at Burning Mountain Park, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnics to enjoy while being entertained.

Burning Mountain Pageant Night begins at 7 p.m. July 17 at Kathryn Senior Elementary School. Come on down and cheer on these hardworking young ladies.

On Friday, the Hogback Skate Park registration and competition begins at 4 p.m. at the Hogback Skate Park.

Also on Friday, music will be provided by Pineapple Crackers at Burning Mountain Park, food and craft vendors will supply good eats and novelties, and the chamber beer and wine tent will be open from 5-9 p.m. The Burning Mountain Pageant group dance will begin at 6 p.m. and the Johnny O Band will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Do you have experience working with parades? Well, even if you don’t, Burning Mountain Festival organizers are looking for volunteers to help with the parade Saturday morning. Please contact Clinton at 970-593-2156 if you can be a part of this event.

Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes and ride them in the Burning Mountain parade. Bring your pets, too! There will be prizes for the best pet and best bike winners.

There will be so much to do Saturday, July 19, just plan on being at the Burning Mountain Park all day. From kids’ activities, to a water brigade, Irene Frigge Bed Race, music by Rush Street, Lipbone Redding and Soulfeel, the place to be the weekend of July 18 and 19 is beautiful downtown New Castle.

Kay Vasilakis can be reached at 384-9118 or e-mail

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