32nd annual Colorfest this weekend


    By Angela Wirth
    Special to The PREVIEW
    The seasons are changing in Pagosa Springs and that means it’s time for Colorfest in Pagosa, Sept. 15-17.
    The festivities for the “Color Me Festive” weekend begin on Friday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. with a sold-out event, the Passport to Pagosa Wine and Food Festival. Local restaurants will entice attendees with their delicacies and receive votes for the People’s Choice Award. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample wines from around the world and enjoy the soul-soothing music of Bob Hemenger on the saxophone.
    Saturday, Sept. 16, at approximately 8 a.m., over 30 balloons will ascend over downtown Pagosa Springs beginning on Hot Springs Boulevard, filling the sky with color and bringing a sense of awe as they float across the sky.
    As the balloons ascend, the 5K Colorfest Color Run will take place, beginning at 8 a.m. in Town Park, to support Rise Above Violence.
    During that time, you can also have a wonderful breakfast and incredible view of all the festivities at the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) Breakfast with Balloons from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Centennial Park. Tickets can be purchased on the GGP website, www.pagosagreen.org.
    The Pagosa Springs Music and Micro Brews Festival begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday with the lively band Broke with Expensive Taste. The show will continue to heat up as the local favorites, The High Rollers, take the stage at 6 p.m. with country and 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. Enjoy delicious food vendors and fun for the kids. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $25 for the beer-tasting event, which includes a souvenir glass.
    The evening will come to an end as balloons light up the park with a balloon glow at dusk. You can purchase tickets for this event at the Chamber or purchase them online at pagosachamber.com.
    Sunday, Sept. 17, will bring spectators another round of hot air balloons, as the pilots once again fill the skies with color in the Pagosa Lakes area at approximately 8 a.m. from the Piñon Lake area, displaying another show of color against the mountains as the leaves start to turn and fall sets in.
    Come out to the 32nd annual “Color Me Festive” Colorfest in Pagosa Springs.