WALSENBURG — The 2nd Annual Mountain Mining Days Parade and Festival are coming to Walsenburg this Labor Day weekend. This year’s event is sponsored by Spradley Auto Group and the Walsenburg Downtown Revitalization Committee. Come see, participate, and enjoy the activities that celebrate the mining heritage of our area. Saturday, September 5, is the parade down Main Street with the Ft, Carson Mounted Honor Guard and Marching Band, local mining families, the Mining King and Queen, our local veterans and many more entries. On Friday evening, the Corporate Cup challenge with teams of five (including someone 18 or younger) begins their competition in bowling, water balloon toss, watermelon eating, coal cart race and basketball shoot. The Mining King and Queen will be crowned after the performance of the play “For Tomorrow We May Die” at the Washington School Auditorium. The parade is on Saturday which is preceded by a pancake breakfast at the Farmer’s Market. Following the parade is more music by the Ft Carson Band to begin the celebration of the Grand Opening of the Miner’s Plaza at 6th and Main. All the county celebrities will be at the opening which is followed by six hours of live music from Cappton Reid, Silver Eagle and the Dynamix on the newly opened stage of Miner’s Plaza. Both 6th and 5th streets will be hopping with a car show, dunking booth, a Kids Zone with a Bouncy castle and food and concession vendors to fill you up and enable your young ones to enjoy the day, too. Also, in the plans are a Chili Cook Off (charity fundraiser), a Mountain Mining Days Marathon (teams compete on Sunday, Sept 6th) and an unveiling of the art council’s newly painted Mother Jones mural. With all that is planned, everyone has a chance to participate and enjoy the festivities of the weekend. You can pick up parade entry and/or vendor forms at the City Hall or at La Plaza Inn or contact Cendy or Doug Fry @ 303-919-1123 or 303-513-2029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Mining King & Queen nomination forms are available at the Mining Museum and La Plaza Inn. The royal couple will be selected by the Mining Museum.
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