WESTERN COLORADO WELCOMES FULL SLATE OF EVENTS!

Morgan Carls, 2, and her dog try out some yak meat teriyaki sticks from Hawk-N-Yak Ranch at the Montrose Farmer's Market on South First Street in 2013. Mirror file photo by Barton Glasser.

Morgan Carls, 2, and her dog try out some yak meat teriyaki sticks from Hawk-N-Yak Ranch at the Montrose Farmer’s Market on South First Street in 2013. Mirror file photo by Barton Glasser.

By Caitlin Switzer

REGIONAL—(April 14, 2014)  As the mercury rises, Western Colorado also warms up with a number of fun events designed to appeal to just about everyone.

Here in Montrose,  Blue Sky Music Presents continues to host concerts, including the upcoming Tommy Castro show at Turn of the Century Saloon May 20, while the Annual Montrose Wine & Food Festival takes place May 9-10, the Black Canyon Ascent is scheduled for May 17, and a downsized Main in Motion series kicks off May 29 Downtown.

In Delta, where the recent Home & Garden show was a strong success, the next big thing is Thunder Mountain Living History’s Dragon Unchained Renaissance & Pirate Fantasy Faire in North Delta April 25-27 and May 2-4. Last year, this free-admission event-run by a group of veteran festivarians—drew more than 7,000 participants.

“History is not boring!” Delta Area Chamber of Commerce Director Kami Collins said. “They will have archery, and a trebuchet, and they are doing to launch stuff out of it, like candy for the kids!

“I will be there.”

The Dragon Unchained Faire will be located off the same exit as the golf course north of town, and will be well-marked, organizer Brenda Soluna said. To learn more, call Soluna at 970-901-4128.

Also in Delta, CB’s Tavern has launched a series of Community Tap Nights to benefit downtown Delta development efforts and other local non-profit organizations, Collins said, and the popular Second Saturday Street Fairs begin May 10.

May 9-10 also marks the return of the popular Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials. Now in its 11th year, the event allows participants to watch dogs at work and witness sheep shearing demonstrations throughout the day, as well as other demonstrations, events and activities.

On May 31, the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the second annual San Juan Shuffle Tasting Event & Fundraiser, which features a tasting tour of local restaurants from 2 to 9 p.m.

In Cedaredge, big plans are in the works to showcase the town’s newly refurbished Main Street.

“We will be hosting the first ‘Celebrate Cedaredge’ event May 30 and 31,” Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce   Director Linda Palmer said. “We’ll be having a wine fest, a plein air event for artists on our new Main Street Saturday, as well as a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. There will be a business fair on the 31st as well. It should be a busy day!”

Cedaredge will also welcome the annual farmers market beginning May 3, and an e-waste recycling event at its public works facility on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On July 11-13, the town once again welcomes the longest-running Little Britches Rodeo in the United States to the Cedaredge Rodeo Grounds.

In Ridgway, the Ridgway Ouray Community Council (ROCC) Parking Lot Sale and the annual Love Your Valley Festival—think microbrews, live music and dog contests–are set for May17. The Annual Heritage Days and Ranch Rodeo is set for June 13-15 in Hartwell Park, and once again the Ute dancers will perform.  On June 20-21, the Womens’ Club of Ouray County will host their annual rummage sale, a benefit for local non-profits and charitable organizations.

And finally, for serious business women throughout the region who are hoping to build networks and renew resources, the Western Business Alliance hosts its annual Women’s Retreat at Gateway Canyons Resort April 25-27.

“We are excited to once again host our women-only business retreat at Gateway Canyons Resort where the amenities of the resort and beauty of the location helps to keep us inspired throughout the weekend,” Terri Leben co-director of The Western Business Alliance of Colorado, said in a news release. For more information and costs visit www.wbacolorado.com.