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The season begins with the Car Show and River Festival

Let the events begin!

On Saturday, May 19, downtown will be rocking as two events kick off the spring/summer season in Pagosa.

The fourth annual Car Show at Pagosa will begin Friday evening, May 18, with a barbecue in Town Park to register and welcome the Car Show participants. The public is invited to get a sneak preview of the cars that will grace Lewis Street and our community all weekend long. The barbecue begins at 5 p.m. with cars, music, food and a cash bar.

Then, on Saturday, May 19, beginning at 8 a.m., the “Show & Shine” will be held on Lewis Street. Over 100 classic cars, motorcycles and unique vehicles are expected to wow the public. The car display will continue until 3 p.m. when the awards for the car show and the raffle for the Jeep Cherokee will be announced. This year, prizes will be given out for first through third place. Throughout the day there will be food and craft vendors, live music and, of course, cars and motorcycles.

After the car category awards are given out, one of the Car Show sponsors, The Springs Resort, will host a reception for the car owners with special awards being given out at the reception. If you missed the cars on Lewis Street, you will still be able to see them at The Springs Resort.

On Sunday morning, many of the Car Show participants will be at the Plaza Grille for their good-bye breakfast before taking a cruise to Treasure Falls. You will be able to catch a glimpse of these collectable cars in the parking lot at the restaurant Sunday morning, where you can take a few more photos.

With over 75 percent of the attendees coming from out of town, Pagosa residents will be in for a real treat. That should not take away from all the classic cars here in Pagosa, and we encourage local residents to get their collectable vehicle out of the garage and enter Pagosa’s Car Show. Interested parties can register online at For more information on the Car Show, contact Stacy Kirby, events coordinator, at 264-2360.

Also on Saturday, May 19, with the river running early and strong, the second Rapids and Rhythms RiverFest will take place. The festival will concentrate on the stretch of river along the Riverwalk across from the Visitor Center. There will be music, food vendors and lots of exciting river activity. The day begins at 11 a.m. with the River Parade, music and the beer garden opening. At noon will be the Whitewater Rodeo. You’ve seen the kayakers out on the river, practicing. Now watch them twirl, cartwheel, spin and surf as they compete for prizes that will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. Also at noon will be Fido Fetch! Please make sure your pet is a strong swimmer as the dogs compete for prizes.

At 12:30 will be the River Joust, where boaters battle it out in the middle of the river. At 1:30 p.m., there is a Boater-X Race where kayakers and other whitewater boaters navigate obstacles and battle each other. For more information on the River Festival, visit

Spectators can easily navigate between the two events in the downtown area as they view cars and kayakers, listen to music and visit Pagosa restaurants and shops in between the two events. Get ready to hit the streets and river as we celebrate springtime in Pagosa.

Business Bites

On Tuesday, May 15, Gail Elmore, health inspector with San Juan Basin Health Department, will conduct our May Business Bites luncheon. This session targets restaurant, catering and non-profit organizations that perform off-site event catering, especially at outdoor venues. Weather affects holding temperatures and sanitary conditions and food preparation varies in an outdoor environment. If you participate in outdoor cooking with a booth or portable unit, you must adhere to the guidelines and inspections conducted by San Juan Basin Health. This session will set down San Juan Basin Health’s expectations and make temporary food site inspections easier for you and your organization. The health department is making this training available to you to minimize any health or facility problems. The class will be held at the westside Visitor Center from noon until 1 p.m. The cost is $7 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. Lunch will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to the chamber by Friday, May 11, so enough food can be ordered.

Hanging baskets

The Chamber’s annual Beautify Pagosa campaign is in full swing with our sale of colorful 12-inch hanging baskets and the gorgeous, show-stopping 16-inch baskets.

The smaller baskets are planted especially for the sale with drought-resistant flowers and greens and will be coming from Ponderosa Lumber. The large baskets will come from a Chamber member, Bayfield Gardens. Only a limited amount of baskets have been ordered in each size category; don’t miss out on ordering yours. The small baskets will be delivered the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend and the large baskets will be delivered the next week by a Chamber staff or board member. There will be some fertilizer included in your purchase to remind you to water your flowers regularly and to thank you for “Growing With the Chamber.” We are accepting cash, check or credit card. For more information or to place your order, call the Chamber at 264-2360. Don’t miss out on getting your colorful baskets this year.

Chimney Rock National Monument

For the past two years, there have been bills introduced to Congress proposing National Monument status for Chimney Rock Archaeological Area. The conversation continues and an open forum is being held Friday, May 11, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Archuleta County Extension Building. Learn more about the proposal and the impacts it could have on our area. The public is invited to this public meeting.

Rodeo season

The fast-paced action of rodeo sport returns to Pagosa beginning Saturday, May 12, at 9 a.m., with the Colorado State High School and Junior High Rodeo.

The rodeo continues on Sunday, May 13, at the Western Heritage Event Center/Red Ryder Rodeo Arena on U.S. 84. The Basin High School Rodeo Club, of which Pagosa Springs students are members, will host the two-day event. All the typical rodeo events will be offered: bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, goat tying, chute dogging and ribbon roping. There is no admission fee, so bring the whole family out for this fast-paced event.


We will welcome a new business to the area this weekend. The Back Room Wine Bar, with owners Todd and Kellie Stevens, is prepared to wow Pagosa residents and visitors with sumptuous wines and tapas. The official opening is Saturday, May 12. Stop by and enjoy the comfort of this new facility and congratulate two of Pagosa’s top restaurant owners on their new endeavor.

We have three new members to welcome to the Chamber this week: The Hub Bike Shop, with new owners Steve and Anja Potter; Barlett and West; and Suzi White Photography.

Our renewing members this week include Four Seasons Land Company, Pagosa Dental and Coin Crafters and Engravers.

Don’t forget there is scant time left to purchase raffle tickets for the Jeep Cherokee that will be raffled off at the Car Show on May 19. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce for $25 each. There are only 1,000 tickets being sold.

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