Snowmass history: Western roots
“First Annual Western Days Set at Snowmass,” the Aspen Flyer announced on August 2, 1968. “Cowboys and Indians, square dancers, can-can girls, live western entertainment, a western movie, horse races, a children’s rodeo, flapjack breakfast, western snacks and a parade of the old west are featured at Snowmass this weekend as part of the first annual Western Days celebration there. Friday evening there will be entertainment by Bobby ‘Apt. 19’ Austin and Jim Mooney and their western band and by the 20-String Blue Grass Band as well as by Travis Edmonson and The Loving Sound.” Events were held all weekend in the mall, movies at the Opticon, the children’s rodeo near lift two, along with barn dances and horse races.
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