Another Fourth of July holiday has come and gone in Pagosa Country and, again, the occasion proved to be an enviable small-town celebration.
There are folks who claim this year’s Fourth in Pagosa was the best yet. People raved about this year’s parade and a spectacular flyover by nine aircraft. There were plenty of kids, horses and hi-jinks in the parade, and it provided great entertainment for all who watched.
The Celebrate America event at the Ross Aragon Community Center got the holiday off to a fast start and the carnival at Town Park attracted crowds. Beginning Saturday, the Park-to-Park Arts and Crafts Festival featured artists and artisans offering their wares to all who visited. The river was a huge attraction, providing recreation and relief for rafters, kayakers and waders during several hot days. The Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo went off without a hitch for three performances, giving spectators a taste of the West and a way of life that was once the norm in this part of the world. Families and friends gathered at barbecues, people enjoyed a wide variety of entertainment at local venues.
The weather cooperated.
All had a great time.
This takes place because of significant contributions of time and money on the part of local volunteers, organizations and government.
Without the volunteers who turn out to assist with our holiday events, none of the fun would happen. Hundreds of our friends and neighbors do everything from organize and manage the parade and rodeo, to provide goods, services at events, security and parking assistance. You name it, volunteers do it.
A big tip of the hat also goes to local government, and in particular to the town of Pagosa Springs. Many town staffers do double duty during the holidays, with police, parks and recreation staff and street staff minding all the elements that keep the holiday on course. And, to the delight of the several thousand people who enjoyed the fireworks display Monday night, the town ensured the event would take place, shouldering nearly all of the $17,000-18,000 cost for the show. The show was paid for this year with funds left over from several town 2010 department budgets. The Town Tourism Committee has pledged to raise the money needed for the firework next year.
There are a lot of people who take part behind the scenes, and they all deserve thanks.
And, now, SUN readers have a chance to single out local residents and businesses for their contributions and talents. We are giving everyone the opportunity to concentrate on what and who is best in this community and, in doing so, to gain a greater perspective on all that Pagosa has to offer.
The Pagosa Springs SUN Readers’ Choice Award — The Best of Pagosa voting is underway. People can cast votes in the P.S. You’re the Best poll until Aug. 1. We are running Best of Pagosa Springs 2011 entry forms in each issue of The SUN this month. To cast your vote, you must fill out the newsprint form and turn it in at The SUN office by 5 p.m. Aug. 1. Entry forms mailed to The SUN must be received by 5 p.m. on Aug. 1
Take a look at the entry form: it contains several broad categories — Food and Libations, The Outdoors, Around Town, and Friends & Neighbors. Each category includes a variety of opportunities for you to tell us and the rest of Pagosa what and who is “best.”
Fill out your form and turn it in as soon as possible, and let’s turn our attention to the most enjoyable, commendable aspects of our community.