‘Get Carried Away’ at Colorfest this weekend


colorfest-cover-laydon-DSC_7473By Cheryl Bowdridge
Special to The PREVIEW

“Get Carried Away” at the 2015 Colorfest and Balloon Rally. Mark your calendars for this fun-filled weekend, Sept. 18-20.

Festivities for the weekend begin Friday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. Treat your pallet at the Passport to Pagosa Wine and Food Festival. Local restaurants will entice you with their delicacies to get your vote for the People’s Choice Award. You will have the opportunity to sample wines from around the world and enjoy the soul-soothing music of Bob Hemenger on the saxophone.

Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple and are on sale at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce or online at pagosachamber.com. Tickets will be available for $45 at the gate until they are sold out.

Saturday, at approximately 8 a.m., about 30 balloons will ascend over Pagosa Springs, filling the sky with color and bringing a sense of awe as they float across the sky.

As the balloons ascend, the 5k Color Run will take place beginning at 8 a.m. in Town Park to support the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program.

The Music and Micro Brew Festival begins at 3 p.m. with The San Juan Mountain Boys performing classic rock, music from the 1950s, 1960s and more. Soul Shine will take the stage at 4:30 p.m. to entertain with an eclectic mix of rock, pop and soul.

The show will continue to heat up as the local favorites The High Rollers take the stage at 6 p.m. with country and country rock.

Microbreweries from Colorado and northern New Mexico will be battling for your taste buds with their top microbrews. Enjoy our local breweries, as well as regional favorites. Also enjoy delicious food vendors and fun for the kids. Tickets are $10 entry and a souvenir glass may be purchased for unlimited beer tasting for $15 with proper ID.

The evening will come to an end around dusk with balloons lighting up the park with a balloon glow.

Sunday will bring you another round of colorful skies, as the pilots fly again at approximately 8 a.m. from the Pinon Lake area, displaying another show of color against the mountains as the leaves start to turn and fall sets in. This is a weekend of fun for the whole family to “Get Carried Away” in Pagosa Springs.