Parade, cruise and fireworks in Westcliffe

July 6, 2015 - Picnic Time

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Westcliffe distinguished a Fourth of Jul with a day full of village fun. The festivities began during 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast hosted by All Aboard Westcliffe behind a ancestral Denver Rio Grande Railroad Depot on Main Street.

“We’re lifting income to revive a strange depot. This is where a trains stopped and incited around that came adult from Texas Creek,” pronounced Addie Heck, Westcliffe proprietor and member of a nonprofit.

The Westcliffe Depot was built in 1901 and decommissioned in 1938, and All Aboard Westcliffe aims to revive it as a chronological artifact.

People fueled adult on pancakes and biscuits and gravy to get prepared for a day. As a object climbed, locals and visitors started backing adult in their red, white, and blue for a Independence Day parade, and American flags hung from awnings adult and down a street.

Led by a American Legion, Grand Marshaled by internal World War II maestro Clarence Gill, and presided over by an speaker in front of a Historic Jones Theater, a march began with cheers from a crowd. Gathered to respect use group and women, paradegoers saluted and applauded a tone guard, veterans associations, Custer County Sheriff’s Office, internal glow districts and Custer County Search and Rescue.

The march was sponsored by a Wild West Cowboy Church and a Sangre de Cristo Sentinel and was distinguished as a Second Amendment open lift demonstration. Organizations and groups rode on floats and horses and marched on feet displaying their firearms.

“Any time we see U.S. adults sportive their Second Amendment rights, it creates me feel that what we do is beheld and worthwhile,” pronounced Army Sgt. E5 Mark Auvil, who trafficked from Fort Carson with members of a 588th Brigade Engineer Battalion to offer as tone ensure in a parade.

In further to demonstration, a lot of groups were there for fun, including an Open Carry Guitar Band that exercised their right to lift guitars in open (while personification kazoos), a high propagandize volleyball team, internal ranches and churches and many more.

After a parade, a village was invited to a cruise hosted by a Custer County Democratic Party during a Feed Store Amphitheater. The classification served adult giveaway hamburgers, prohibited dogs and live song and did not accept donations. It was a second year a Democrats hosted a cruise after a parade.

“Last year, we had about a hundred people, though this year is over what we imagined,” pronounced Roland Williams, jubilee chair. ” we bought 300 hamburgers and 500 prohibited dogs, 60 pounds of potato salad, and we are roughly out of food already — during noon.”

“We wish everybody to feel welcome. There are copiousness of times to make domestic statements, though a Fourth of Jul is a time to applaud a nation and come together as a community. I’d adore one year to see a Republican, Libertarian, and Democratic parties come together and reason a communitywide picnic,” Williams said.

The grand culmination of a day was nonetheless to come. People collected on a shoreline of Lake DeWeese by RVs, tents, blankets and tailgates to watch fireworks during dusk. Some even took their boats out on a lake for a show, and a lights of campfires dotted a landscape.

The Wet Mountain Valley Fire District and All Aboard Westcliffe hosted a annual eventuality and put on utterly a spectacle. The nationalistic fire of tone exploded in a sky, reflecting off a lake and providing a ideal finale to a community’s Independence Day celebration.

“I revisit Westcliffe once a summer since it’s such an artsy and smashing community,” pronounced Art Twitchell, Florida resident. “I adore what they do for a 4th of July, and we can’t skip subsequent weekend’s bluegrass festival.”

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