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Cuchara sending bears into hibernation with a flair

by Shane Clouse
CUCHARA- The Cuchara Village Merchants are hosting what they hope will be a yearly tradition, the Cuchara Valley Bear Fair October 8 from 10 am-4 pm. The idea is to promote the whole valley. The Village Merchants believe that in helping others you help yourself.
The day will be fun-filled with activities for the whole family, including artist’s demonstrations, music, kids’ games, and of course food.
The artist’s demonstrations will include potter Polly Harris and Denise Taylor, a lariat artist. It is still not clear if Taylor uses the lariat as a medium in her art work or if she will lasso customers in. Also available for viewing or purchase are quilts and fine log furniture from Cuchara Valley Furniture.
Activities for the family include a horseshoe tournament, pie walks, and story telling throughout the day. For the kids there is a Duckpond available for the ole’ time price of 25 cents. Another interesting game for the individual or teams is the Bear Treasure Hunt that will take place all over the village.
Jaquie Gipson will perform her original music at 10:15 am and the El Fandango Dancers will show off their traditional dancing at 12:15 pm. As the day winds down and participants feel tired and in need of relaxation, yoga classes and chair massages will be available.
For more information, check out VillageMerchants.CucharaValley.org or www.CucharaValley.org