June 15 was a very busy day in Guffey. This was the Third Annual Guffey Clean Up Day and 30 people of all ages joined in the roadside clean-up, according to Louise Peterson, event coordinator.
The day started at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Southern Park County Fire Protection District auxiliary, and then moved on to the roadside trash pick-up starting at 9 a.m., sponsored by Rural Coloradans for a Brighter Future.
This year the group worked on County Road 102 from Guffey to County Road 59. Last year the cleanup was along County Road 102 from CR 59 to County Road 71. RCFBF roadside cleanup is a yearly project working on alternating sections of roads.
The Guffey Community Charter School students cleaned up from Guffey to Colorado State Highway 9 as part of the school’s Earth Day celebrations this year. Friends of the Guffey Library provided snacks and refreshments for the volunteers.
There was a car show 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted by Corona’s at Freshwater, with 30 classic car entries from Colorado Springs, Buena Vista, Florissant, Woodland Park and, of course, Guffey.
Each entrant got an event coffee mug and T-shirt with their $25 registration fee, according to Damien Corona. There were four judges and four categories: best in show; best paint, best interior and best engine. First place in each category was awarded a trophy.
All during the roadside cleanup and car show, cyclists from the Mountain Top Cycling Club passed through Guffey on their day ride from Florissant south on Teller County Road 1, to High Park Road, to Highway 9, north to the Guffey turn, east on CR 102, and back to Teller County Road 1 and north to Florissant. There was a rest nd refreshment stop in Guffey for the cyclists.
Guffey’s own Paula Milner will be singing at the historic Rialto Theater in Florence in the Colorado Country Music Association’s regional music competition Friday, June 28, with awards and winners announced Sunday, June 30.
Milner will be competing for the new country vocalist of the year and new country female entertainer of the year categories. If Milner wins she will be gong to the national contest in Tennessee later this year.
Milner won best new women’s vocalist of the year last year and went on to the nationals. Milner did well at the nationals and learned a lot, she said, and is looking forward to competing in the nationals again.
The Sixth Annual Heritage Day and Chicken Rodeo will take place June 29 this year, with activities for the whole family all day long, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Guffey singer/songwriter Lissa Hanner will be playing at Heritage Day and kicking off her Tiny Town Tour of small Colorado towns. Milner will be joining Hanner, as well.
The Guffey Steampunk Festival, presented by the Guffey Steampunk Society and hosted by The Bakery at Strictly Guffey and Corona’s at Freshwater, will be Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. until evening.
There will be live music, unusual and interesting vendors, a melodrama skit, a jailhouse fundraiser, parasol dueling and more. It is not too early to start thinking about and getting your Steampunk outfit together. There will be prizes for the best Steampunk attire.