Ready to take that final shovel of snow, put on some sunscreen and begin the weekend with fun, philanthropy and other festivities? The weekend of June 7 through 9 has lots of fun in store for you.
Begin your weekend in Buena Vista Friday evening, then head to Fairplay and Alma Saturday and Sunday.
Bingo and dinner for the Hartsel Firefighter Auxiliary, June 7
Wildfire season is upon us again, and what better time to not only mitigate fire dangers around your home and neighborhood, but what about playing bingo? Yes, play bingo in Buena Vista and you will be supporting firefighters at the same time.
Dinner and Bingo night will be at the Buena Vista American Legion, 338 N. Railroad, with dinner at 5 p.m. and bingo beginning at 7 p.m.
Dick Goodman, President of the Hartsel Auxiliary, said, “This event is the first fundraiser of the Hartsel Fire Protection District, which now has 20 members.”
Goodman added, “Don’t forget to bring your own marker.” Some bingo professionals often refer to the marker as a “dauber.” In any case, bring something to mark your winning cards.
South Park Trail Marathon in Fairplay, June 8
Get up Saturday at 8 a.m. and watch or join the runners who will begin the South Park Trail Marathon with course options from 15 to 28 miles. Meet at the South Park City Museum. Runners finish the course at the Fairplay Beach and have up to eight hours to complete the race.
Alma Saturday Market June 8
Get your vegetables and other handmade and homegrown super-cool items at the Alma Saturday Market, which is open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.
Fairplay Wearable Art Festival, June 8 and 9
Saturday morning, head over to Front Street in Fairplay for the Annual Wearable Art Festival (also known as the Bean and Fiber Show).
Vendors, art demonstrations, food, as well as adult beverages will be available from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday.
What is wearable art?
Per Wikipedia, “Wearable art, also known as artwear or ‘art to wear,’ refers to individually designed pieces of (usually) handmade clothing or jewelry created as fine or expressive art.”
At the festival, vendors sell items that include hats, clothing, jewelry, scarves, accessories and other handmade artists items.
It is never too early to start shopping for Christmas.
Fairplay Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show, June 6 through 9
Take a walk to the Fairplay River Park June 6 through June 9 and you will find yourself at the Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show. There will be at least 24 dealers who will be selling items such as slabs, beads, fossils, petrified wood, mineral specimens and much more.
This event is outdoors. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses, as the gems are sparkly and bright.
Fundraiser for child with heart cancer, June 8
Park County is known for its generosity from businesses and individuals. Saturday at Fairplay’s American Legion Post 172, from noon until 4 p.m., there will be a fundraising benefit for a little girl who has been diagnosed with cardiac carcinoma (heart cancer).
The event will include a silent auction and musical entertainment from the popular and versatile Split Window band.
Per the post on Split Window’s facebook page, “Rocky Mountain Rural Health (719-836-2169) is acting as a sponsor for the event and cash contributions can be made through that organization.”
The Downare Brothers Ranch Auction, June 8
After you have purchased a scarf and some jewelry at the Fairplay Wearable Art Festival, venture just a few more miles to the Ranch Auction by the Downare Brothers Auctioneers and purchase a backhoe bucket, caterpillar, livestock pipe trailer, and a pick-up truck. The auction starts at 10 a.m.
The auction location is two miles south of Hartsel on Colorado Highway 9.
In addition to traditional farm and ranch equipment, you can also purchase a horse-drawn manure plow, antique grinding stone and a freightliner ambulance. (You could be the only person on your street to have their own ambulance).