Basalt ready for River Days
Going into its seventh year, Basalt River Days is going to have “more food and more fun” in addition to another great lineup of music and activities, according to organizers.The event will be held at Arbaney Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14-15. The Lions Club will help people start the day with a full belly by serving pancakes and breakfast burritos starting at 7 a.m.The 28th annual Basalt Half-Marathon will be held at 7:45 a.m. at the base of Ruedi Dam. The runners will be transported to the start from the Basalt Middle School parking lot at 7 a.m. sharp. Registration will start at 6:15 a.m. at the middle school. The race is a benefit for the Lions Club Scholarship & Athletic Program.The Glenwood Hot Strings Band starts a weekend of music at 9 a.m.An assortment of booths featuring different food and artisans of all types will be open at the park throughout the weekend. Activities will include a climbing wall, giant slide and obstacle course.The River Days Parade will take place downtown at 11 a.m. Saturday. Native Basaltine Margaret Darien is the grand marshal for the Western-themed parade. It will be lead by cowgirl Anita Witt and her rodeo horse Whiskey.Witt will lead the parade to Arbaney Park where Whiskey and Sadie, the rodeo dog, will perform tricks.The Ballet Folklorico will take the stage at noon and the Flying Dog Bluegrass Band will take center stage before and after a MAD Dog eating contest at 1 p.m. and fly-casting contest at 2 p.m.Gia Blue will perform at 4 p.m. and Hazel Miller, a valley favorite, will top the day with a set that promises to get everyone dancing.Sunday’s events include the 7 a.m. breakfast, a boat race on the Fryingpan River at noon, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the third annual Basalt Blowout Skateboard Contest at 10 a.m.Midlife Crisis will play at noon. At 1 p.m., bakers are urged to drop off their entries for the pie-baking contest. Judging begins at 2 p.m. with winners awarded at 4 p.m. The Kiss the Trout contest winner will also pucker up at 4 p.m.Los Gitanos will take the stage at 3:45 p.m. and take just a short break while the contest winners are announced. At 5:30 p.m., the festival will close with Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams, a honky-tonk band that got great reviews at the Carbondale Mountain Fair.The ever-popular beer garden will serve Breckenridge Beer from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Magician Doc Eason will help keep the revelers entertained.A Trout Shuttle will be available to run people between downtown and Arbaney Park by way of Two Rivers Road, Cottonwood Lane and Midland Avenue. It will operate from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday and noon until 7 p.m. Sunday.The Basalt Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event, reminds people that dogs won’t be allowed in the park.Schedules and other information are available at http://www.basaltriverdays.com.
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