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Many made swap a success

Dear Editor:I would like to take a moment to thank all the people who helped make the 20th annual sports sale for the Mount Sopris Nordic Council such a success. First of all, thanks to the commercial vendors who come year after year with their products and equipment – especially this year when there were so many competing sales on the same day. These vendors were Ajax Bike & Sports, Indigo Equipment, Heidi hats, Bristlecone Sports, Monte Sports, Calvin Vagneur of Vagneur Sports, Ken’s Hockey (Ken Toy) and Scott Riley. Thanks also to Colorado Rocky Mountain School, which graciously provides us their gym for two full days at no cost. No one would know we were even having a sale without the media helping us get out the word. This includes the Valley Journal, The Aspen Times, the Post Independent and KDNK. And we wouldn’t be able to keep the finances straight without such people as Valerie Gilliam, who coordinates all the cashier and check out tasks. I don’t know how to thank all the volunteers who helped with various aspects of the event and took time out from their personal lives on Friday and Saturday. A special thanks to Alan and James Gilliam, who once again pitched in on all aspects of the event – from setup to breakdown and cleanup. Nelson and Dos Gringos Burritos kept all of us fueled with Java and food. And of course, the Nordic Council would like to thank all of you who showed up once again and made this a truly community event.There were many competing equipment sales/swaps and we feel grateful that there was still a large turnout for what was our 20th annual sale. No records were set, but all seemed happy to browse through the equipment and visit with friends and strangers alike. We hope to see you up at Spring Gulch in the coming months.Mark ChainSports sale coordinatorMount Sopris Nordic Council

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