Creede bids goodbye to summer with Labor Day fun


By Lyndsie Ferrell
CREEDE—By Lyndsie Ferrell
CREEDE—The weekend kicked off in Creede on a sunny note, with clear skies and an array of colorful balloons. With rain showers in the forecast, the Balloon Festival participants were eager to get the Labor Day festivities off the ground and were able to do so on Friday, Aug. 31.
Mineral County firefighters and EMS also set up a pancake breakfast for all to enjoy.
On Saturday, the balloons were grounded due to lightning and rain in the area, but that didn’t stop people from attending the annual Mountain Run. About 100 people turned out for the event, donning jackets and parkas to shield against the damp weather. The race kicked off Saturday morning at 9 a.m., with racers lining up along Main Street for the 22-mile trek along the Bachelor Loop above Creede. Winners will be announced at a later time.
The day had only just begun as guests arrived to enjoy a spicy day full of fun. Businesses and local restaurants pulled their homemade salsa recipes to compete for the top spot in this year’s Salsa Fiesta. Normally the fiesta is spread out over two days, but this year it only took place on Saturday. Though the rain had settled in above Creede, it did not deter guests from wandering around Main Street, taking in the last moments of summer with some tasty, spicy treats.
This year there were 19 participants vying for the top spot. Everyone who participated takes time out of their busy schedules to prepare homemade and unique salsas in four categories that serves more than 200 people. This year, the winners were Rare Things Gallery in first place for the red category, San Juan Sports in first for the green category, Creede Olive Oil Company in first for the fruit category and the Blue Yak in first for the freestyle category. People’s choice also went to the Blue Yak for their unique salsa.
Throughout the weekend, except on Saturday due to rain, there were children’s activities set up in Basham Park and showings of this season’s favorite plays at the Creede Repertory Theatre. Everyone who came to visit during the weekend had no problem finding something to do between the activities, Salsa Fiesta and the theatre. It was an overall great way to say goodbye to summer and welcome fall.
As dark closed over the small mountain town Saturday night, crowds gathered in various places awaiting the fireworks show. Local pyrotechnician Jenna Ford had something special in store for everyone in attendance, shooting off an array of fireworks that rivaled any fireworks in Creede before.
This display was special to locals in Creede as the ashes of two renowned citizens were contained in the colorful fireworks. Not only did Creede bid goodbye to summer, they also said their last farewell to locals Paul Stone and Bryan Anderson.
Next up for Creede, beside the amazing fall colors, will be the Cruisin’ the Canyon Car show in October. Stayed tuned!
With rain showers in the forecast, the Balloon Festival participants were eager to get the Labor Day festivities off the ground and were able to do so on Friday, Aug. 31.
Mineral County firefighters and EMS also set up a pancake breakfast for all to enjoy.
On Saturday, the balloons were grounded due to lightning and rain in the area, but that didn’t stop people from attending the annual Mountain Run. About 100 people turned out for the event, donning jackets and parkas to shield against the damp weather. The race kicked off Saturday morning at 9 a.m., with racers lining up along Main Street for the 22-mile trek along the Bachelor Loop above Creede. Winners will be announced at a later time.
The day had only just begun as guests arrived to enjoy a spicy day full of fun. Businesses and local restaurants pulled their homemade salsa recipes to compete for the top spot in this year’s Salsa Fiesta. Normally the fiesta is spread out over two days, but this year it only took place on Saturday. Though the rain had settled in above Creede, it did not deter guests from wandering around Main Street, taking in the last moments of summer with some tasty, spicy treats.
This year there were 19 participants vying for the top spot. Everyone who participated takes time out of their busy schedules to prepare homemade and unique salsas in four categories that serves more than 200 people. This year, the winners were Rare Things Gallery in first place for the red category, San Juan Sports in first for the green category, Creede Olive Oil Company in first for the fruit category and the Blue Yak in first for the freestyle category. People’s choice also went to the Blue Yak for their unique salsa.
Throughout the weekend, except on Saturday due to rain, there were children’s activities set up in Basham Park and showings of this season’s favorite plays at the Creede Repertory Theatre. Everyone who came to visit during the weekend had no problem finding something to do between the activities, Salsa Fiesta and the theatre. It was an overall great way to say goodbye to summer and welcome fall.
As dark closed over the small mountain town Saturday night, crowds gathered in various places awaiting the fireworks show. Local pyrotechnician Jenna Ford had something special in store for everyone in attendance, shooting off an array of fireworks that rivaled any fireworks in Creede before.
This display was special to locals in Creede as the ashes of two renowned citizens were contained in the colorful fireworks. Not only did Creede bid goodbye to summer, they also said their last farewell to locals Paul Stone and Bryan Anderson.
Next up for Creede, beside the amazing fall colors, will be the Cruisin’ the Canyon Car show in October. Stayed tuned!


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