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The ducks are back on Aug. 15 ... for a good cause

After a year’s hiatus, the ducks will be back, floating on the San Juan River on Aug. 15.

Hopefully the rains will continue and fill the river a little bit more so the ducks will have an easy float of it during this year’s Duck Race fund-raiser!

The festivities will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Town Park, with a food court and kids’ games. At 12:30 p.m., the prize drawings begin and the festivities will continue.

The race will take place at 3 p.m. with the marked ducks released to float down the river.

The first-place duck will bring the owner $1,000; second place will be $500; and third place $250. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber, Silver Dollar Liquor, and Buffalo Inn.

Even if you don’t purchase a duck, come out and enjoy a day in the park. Everyone knows how wonderful the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry is, and the food at the duck race and picnic will be equally excellent. The Knights will cook up a storm of fabulous barbecue food. Parents will also be thrilled to know that every child at the park will get a “Whacky Quacker” to take home.

There’s plenty of time on Aug. 15 to enjoy the Duck Race and picnic before you head out to Art in the Garden.

There are numerous events remaining in Pagosa this summer. Don’t miss all the fun.

Trailriders

The new Pagosa Trailriders will host their first overnight ride and barbecue July 31-Aug. 3. If you are not involved in the fair, and ATVing is your passion, this is an event for you.

The ride will go to Campo Molino, six miles south of Tucker Ponds. The road is good enough that RVs and campers can be taken on this ride.

Once at the site, you set up your tent, pull out your camping gear, yard games and fishing gear, and get ready to have a weekend of fun. There will be horseshoes, bocce ball and a main cook tent and charcoal for the barbecue.

The actual ATV run will take place Sunday at noon. It will start at Campo Molino, go to the Summitville mine, and then make its way back to the camp. The group barbecue will be Sunday evening.

For more information, contact Lenny Baker at 582-9140 or lcbaker50@msn.com. You can also go out to Pagosa Power Sports on Goldmine Drive for more information.

Wake Up Pagosa

The August Wake Up Pagosa breakfast will focus on the real estate market here in Pagosa. Deneice Stacy, president of the Pagosa Area Association of Realtors, will be the guest speaker.

Come to the event and have a tasty breakfast at the Pines Café at the Pagosa Mountain Hospital and find out how the real estate market is doing. What kinds of homes are moving? How many homes and vacant land are out there on the market? If you are interested in selling your home, what are the current days on the market? Is this a good time to invest in foreclosures? Can people get funding? Come and find out how the real estate market is really doing, and get a forecast for the market in Pagosa.

Wake Up Pagosa is held the first Tuesday of every month; in August we will meet on Aug. 4. The session begins at 7:30 a.m., so interested parties can get the day started with an informative meeting and then head to work. The meetings are held in the Pagosa Room at the Pagosa Mountain Hospital. Walk-ins are always welcome; however, we like to give the café an approximate number of attendees. We ask you to call the Chamber at 264-2360 and reserve a spot.

It’s fair time

The Archuleta County Fair is back for the 2009 season and there are activities for children of all ages. You may want to enter the painting you have been working on, your home brew, that quilt, or some other craft item.

The chili cookoff will take place Sunday, Aug. 2, and is open to amateur and commercial entities. For all you talented singers who participate in “open mic nights” around town, you have a chance to test your skills and compete at the Colgate Country Showdown Friday, July 31.

The big event of the fair season is always the 4-H Chuckwagon and Livestock Auction — this year on Saturday, Aug. 1. Chuckwagon tickets are available from 4-H participants, or at the door of the activity tent. The dinner begins at 4 p.m. with the auction beginning at 6:30. Local youngsters have worked hard all year for this auction, so we hope purchasers will come out and support their efforts.

Tim Sullivan and Narrow Gauge will culminate the evening’s entertainment beginning at 9 p.m. in the activity tent.

Don’t miss the Busted Spur Rodeo on Thursday, July 30 and the Kid’s Rodeo on Sunday, Aug. 2.

These are just some of the highlights of the fair. To learn more, pick up a fair book, which is available at locations all over town, or go to the fair Web site, www.archuletacountyfair.com, where a detailed listing of events and activities is available.

Art in the Garden

Art takes on many forms. In Pagosa, we are lucky that man-made art can meet Mother Nature’s artwork at the annual Art in the Garden Festival.

This year, the event will be held at the stunning El Rancho Pinoso in the Upper Blanco, one of the most beautiful valleys in Colorado. It will take place Aug. 15. from 3 to 7 p.m. This ranch is home to magnificent vistas and over a mile of trophy fishing waters.

Fifteen regional artists will present their work at the festival, as well as painting plein aire or demonstrating their sculpting skills. Eight musicians will perform. Along with all this talent, you will enjoy a sampling of gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Art in the Garden was formed in order to give a helping hand to the less fortunate in the Pagosa Springs community. The proceeds from the festival will support the Community United Methodist Church Community Assistance Fund, which aids people in the community, regardless of religious affiliation.

Tickets are available for $30 at the Chamber, the Plaid Pony and Community United Methodist Church. To see and experience the magnificence of El Rancho Pinoso is worth the ticket price! The wonderful enhancements of art, music and scrumptious food are added benefits.

Membership news

We have a great number of Chamber renewals this week.

Renewing with us are: Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association, Astraddle a Saddle, Crazy Horse Outfitters, Dayspring Chiropractic, Moe’s Maps, Pagosa Peak Rentals, Renner’s Mini Storage, Coin Crafters and Engravers, and Action Insurance. Our nonprofits renewing are the San Juan Conservation District and the San Juan Historical Society. Friends of the Chamber renewing are Ron and Windsor Chacey, Michael and Joan Ward, and Cynda Green.

Fall will be upon us before we know it. For all you hunting enthusiasts, don’t miss the free Elk Seminar by Primos Prostaffer Chris Roe at Ski & Bow Rack on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. There will be lots of other great values at this seminar.

If you want to perform a ribbon cutting at your business or special event, don’t forget to let the Chamber know, so we can help get the word out for you.