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It’s time for ColorFest

After a very busy Labor Day weekend, with the Four Corners Folk Festival, we roll right into ColorFest.

What a busy weekend we have planned for everyone.

Friday, Sept. 11

ColorFest weekend kicks off with the Passport to Pagosa: Wine & Food Festival.

Passport to Pagosa Wine & Food Festival is back bigger and better than ever. Restaurants and caterers from all over the community will be doling out the fabulous fare their establishments are known for.

The tent in the Athletic Field in Town Park is even larger this year, allowing us to host this growing event and — rain or shine — a good time is in store for everyone.

This year, we will also have representatives from several wineries on site so patrons can experience their products A new participant is Bacchus Meadery from Loveland, Colo., with tasty wines and meads. Back again this year from New Mexico is Wines of the San Juans with some new vintages. The Passport to Pagosa is also going a little “greener,” with a unique glass and, of course, our useful serving plates.

More than 15 restaurants will vie for food awards, including a “Peoples Choice” award _ back by popular demand from last year’s event. Vendors will compete in categories such as Most Flavorful, Most Colorful, Best Vegetarian, and Most Original.

Tickets are available at the Chamber for $35 in advance, or they are $40 at the door. Last year, we had to turn people away at the door, so don’t miss your opportunity to buy your tickets early. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m.

If you are a visiting balloon pilot, the welcome reception will be at Pagosa Brewing on North Pagosa Blvd. A wonderful time is planned for your event as well.

Saturday, Sept. 12

We kick off the day with the hot air balloon rally, in the downtown area around 8 a.m. There will be a pilots’ briefing and balloon assignments will be made under the tent in the park beginning at 7 a.m. If you are interested in crewing for a balloon, come down to the park at this time. Crew members should be familiar with area streets. After the mass ascension, stick around downtown and watch the fun games for the balloonists, including “splash and dash” and accuracy contests.

The Bands, Brews, Etc. Blowout is an expansion of the Band and Brew Blowout from last year. There will be two days of music Saturday, and more than 15 different microbreweries represented under the tent in the athletic field in Town Park. On Saturday, five bands with three or more members will compete. Admission to the festival is $5, including tickets for voting for your favorite band. Children under 12 are free. Admission to the Brew Fest is $15, with a collectable beer tasting glass, and $5 for participation in the Italian Soda Tasting Bar for children. Wine can be purchased by the glass.

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council will host its Artist’s Studio and Gallery Tour beginning Saturday. As many as 30 artists and galleries will participate. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. What a fun way to see Pagosa if you are a visitor.

The Balloon Glow will take place at Stevens Field . There will be activities, food and the enchanting glow, weather permitting. The glow usually occurs at dusk, sometime around 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 13

The hot air balloon mass ascension takes place at Stevens Field on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. The pilot briefing and crew placement will start at 7 a.m. This airport location is large, comfortable for the pilots and provides expansive views of Pagosa. The balloon mass ascension is a photographer’s dream, with the mountains, valleys, hot springs, and hints of fall colors. Make sure your camera battery is charged!

The Bands, Brews, Etc. Blowout continues, beginning at 11 a.m. Individuals or duos will be competing on Sunday. We will have Pagosa Brewing and Durango Brewing represented, and wines can be purchased by the glass. Admission is $5 for a full day of music. The public will vote for the best single or duo participant. You can also purchase a two-day musical event ticket for only $8.

The Pagosa Springs Artist’s Studio and Gallery Tour continues, beginning at noon and running to 5 p.m.

Back again for a ninth year is the Colorado Springs Corvette Club with a Corvette car show. From Town Park, walk over the new pedestrian bridge and see the cars displayed in the lot across from the Spa of Pagosa Springs on San Juan Street. There will be a “Peoples Choice” award at the event. Admission is free and the cars are magnificent.

There will be food vendors available on both days at the Bands, Brews, Etc. Blowout as well as children’s activities. What a great way to spend a day or two with family and friends in our Town Park. The music will be great, the food fabulous and this will be a festive way to ring in the change of season.

For more information about ColorFest weekend, the events or tickets, call the Chamber at 264-2360 or visit our Web site at