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Basalsa, River Days team for wild weekend

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – The town will celebrate the fleeting days of summer in style this weekend with a three-day party.

The up-and-coming annual event known as Basalsa gets things started Friday night. The celebration of the town’s Hispanic community starts at 5 p.m. in Lions Park with amusement rides for kids and a beer garden with margaritas, wine and beer for the adults. At 6 p.m. a DJ will start spinning salsa, merengue and cubmia music on a main stage. Dancing has always been the highlight of the event, which started in 2008.

Partiers will be able to take a whack at pinatas in Lions Park at 6:30 p.m. Food and vendor booths will be open throughout the evening. The beer garden closes at 8 p.m.

Basalt’s old favorite event, River Days, starts early and runs late on Saturday. The Lions Club will hold its pancake breakfast at Lions Park starting at 7 a.m. The day’s events include the Basalt Half-Marathon from the base of Ruedi Dam down to town. Music starts in Lions Park at 8:30 a.m. A family area will include lots of fun and games. An adult area will feature a beer garden.

The River Days parade will wind down Midland Avenue at noon. Free watermelon will be given away at noon at the chamber of commerce information booth, compliments of Clark’s Market.

The main stage will feature bands throughout the day, with Starwood taking their turn at 7 p.m.

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Talented but non-professional bakers take note. A special pie-making competition will be held at the Kitchenstore of Basalt. Pies must be delivered to the business at Willits Town Center between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Judging will take place at 1 p.m., and the winners will be announced that day.

The fun-filled weekend will conclude Sunday with an enhanced Basalt Sunday Market. In addition to the popular vendors and farmers who set up for the weekly market, there will be a beer garden from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and entertainment at 11 a.m. by the Defiance String Band. There will also be amusement rides in a family area starting at 10 a.m.

The Basalt Chamber of Commerce could always use volunteers. Folks are needed all three days in the beer garden, as gate monitors, at the information booth, and at the trash and recycling stations. All shifts are four hours. Volunteers get a “Discover Basalt” hat or cloth bag as well as two beer garden tickets, for those over 21 years of age.

Contact Heather Smith at director@basaltchamber.com to chip in.