Chicken Dance

The official announcer, a chicken of course, is hamming it up at the 2016 Heritage Day and Chicken Rodeo in Guffey. This year’s festival will kick off June 29. (Photo by Flip Boettcher/The Flume)

The Sixth Annual Heritage Day and Chicken Rodeo, June 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Guffey, looks to be a fun-filled family day in the mountains. All day there will be children’s games, including the Chicken Rodeo, crafts and vendors, panning for gold, and face painting by Peggy. Costumes from the late 1800s are encouraged.

Special events will include the Chicken Wing Contest, with all proceeds going to the Guffey Community Charter School. New this year: a Chili Cook-off sponsored by the VanEgmonds, from noon until 3 p.m., gunfights at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and a live auction at 3 p.m.

There will be live music at Corona’s at Freshwater from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will also be special menu items and live music all day at the Rolling Thunder Cloud Café.

As an extra-special treat, Guffey singer/songwriter Lissa Hanner will be performing as a kickoff for her Tiny Town Music Tour of small Colorado towns this year. Hanner will be performing from her motor home stage early in the day and done by 2 p.m.

The Heritage Day committee is still looking for vendors for the event; the booth space is free. Also, more volunteers are needed before the event and during the event, said Dana Peters, owner of The Bakery at Strictly Guffey, event organizer and originator.

Sponsors are needed as well, and there are many levels of sponsorship. Auction items are needed, too. The event costs from $1800 to $2500 to produce, said Peters. The Heritage Day committee donated $1000 last year to the school from event proceeds. The committee by-laws say funds raised at Heritage Day go to benefit nonprofits, Peters added.

For a great day in the mountains, plan on coming; your first stop might be the Chicken Coop, the Heritage Day information center where one can find site maps, T-shirts and novelty items.

Also the same day, the Southern Park County Fire Protection District auxiliary will be having their annual garage sale and ice cream social.

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