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Fairplay’s Fourth of July Independence Day Celebration will include a chalk art contest, games, a Burro Buster race, food, drink, concert and parade. Historic moments sometimes appear during the parade, such as this moment in 2018 when George Washington crossed the Delaware at the Middle Fork of the South Platte in a canoe.

(Photo by Lori Bennett/The Flume)

Looking for an old-fashioned, family-friendly, cool weather Fourth of July celebration? Look no further. Fairplay’s Fourth of July has something for everyone, and then some.

Brought to you by the Town of Fairplay and Phoenix Restoration Services of the Rockies, the Independence Day Celebration will take place July 4 on Fourth and Front Street, in Fairplay, rain, snow or shine.

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at one of Fairplay’s local restaurants, or have a light meal so you can savor lunch and snacks provided by food trucks, vendors and restaurants serving lunch, and don’t forget to save room for dessert.

The popular Community Flea Market begins at 10 a.m., and provides shopping opportunities until 6 p.m.

Then, stretch your legs out for the Burro Buster 5K Race. This is your chance to earn bragging rights. How many people can say they ran a Burro Buster race? This is sure to impress. The race begins at the historic Hand Hotel, and the friendly and scenic course takes you through the streets of Fairplay with views of historic buildings, river and mountain views, and beer tents.

The race course will have one water station, and be prepared for terrain that includes asphalt, dirt, rocks, stairs and some hills. To register for the race, go to www.ultrasignup.com and select “Burro Buster 5K.”

You can also call the Town of Fairplay at 719-836-2622 with any questions or stop by the Town Hall, 901 Main Street in Fairplay, to register in person.

The registration cost is $25. Money raised from the event goes to the Town of Fairplay Burro Buster Scholarship Fund, which is given to a graduating South Park High School senior each year.

If you sleep in and miss the early morning activities, don’t worry. The party really gets heated up at noon with the beginning of the Chalk Art Contest, old-fashioned fun games, and the official opening of the food tents and trucks, as well as the beer and wine tents.

Put your paws together at 2 p.m. for the Strut Your Mutt Contest. Does your mutt like to strut? This is a chance for you and your canine to compete in categories that may include: best voice; best trick; look-a-like; biggest dog; smallest dog; best costume; most patriotic and best in show.

The Strut Your Mutt Contest is sponsored by Dog Works! and High Paws Pet Supplies, both local Fairplay businesses.

Julie Bullock, special events and business development coordinator for the Town of Fairplay said, “We have lots of kids’ activities being offered by the South Park Recreation Center, The South Park High School Cheerleaders will be having our sidewalk chalk contest again as well.”

The South Park City Museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. July 5. The museum will have their “South Park City-After Dark” guided tour. Hang around yet another day and attend music education July 6 with Randy and Carol Barnes.

The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. and is sure to bring smiles and candy to watchers. Fire engines, ambulances, historic characters and floats with patriotic themes are sure to provide visual pleasure. Last year, George Washington crossed the Delaware on the Middle Fork of the South Platte in a canoe. Keep a close eye on the parade for more great moments in history.

Twenty Hands High will perform their sets which include country, southern rock, Texas and Oklahoma red dirt tunes and more.

Songs that you might hear include Folsom Prison, Sweet Home Alabama, Dirt on My Boots, and many other favorites and even some new tunes. For a sneak preview of their music, check out the Facebook page, “Twenty Hands High.”

Weather and fire ban permitting, there will be a sizzling and sparkling show of fireworks at 9 p.m.

For more information or questions about the Independence Day Celebration, contact the Town of Fairplay.

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