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Hayden celebrating Colorado Days with a purpose

Hayden’s biggest celebration of the year is right around the corner.

Hayden Colorado Days festivities kick off July 21 with a bratwurst supper at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Other events include the popular street dance on Walnut Street, a parade, music and community meals.

“Everybody that lives in Hayden and has been to a Colorado Day knows what it is all about,” said Hayden trustee Lorraine Johnson, who leads the Centennial Committee helping to organize the event.

Johnson hopes people from throughout the region will experience this year’s event as the town continues celebrating Hayden’s 100th birthday and raises money for the Intermountain Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City. The hospital treats children suffering from orthopedic problems free of charge.

“The public is welcome to each and everything,” Johnson said.

The bratwurst supper from 5 to 7 p.m. July 21 is a way for the town to thank the Shriners.

At 7:30 p.m., the street dance kicks off with the Yampa Valley Square Dance Club providing dance instruction.

The Centennial Committee will have a full-service bar set up on the street with the proceeds going into a special fund. “We’re trying to raise money to bring fireworks back next March,” Johnson said.

There will be an alcohol-free area set up on Walnut Street to make the celebration more family friendly, she said.

The Hot Posse Band of Denver will provide music for the dance.

The Lions Club Pancake Breakfast is from 7 to 9 a.m. July 22, followed by the parade. Anyone interested in entering a float in the parade should call Hayden Town Hall at 276-3741.

This year’s parade is expected to be much larger, Johnson said. A mandatory call has been put out to Shriners in Northwest Colorado to attend because of the centennial celebration, she said.

After the parade is the annual Colorado Shrine Barbecue fundraiser at noon.

There will be entertainment at the fairgrounds from 1 to 3 p.m., and the Bobby Robinson Chuckwagon Breakfast is from 7 to 9:30 a.m. July 23.

The late Robinson started Colorado Days 23 years ago as a fundraiser for the hospital. Since then, it has evolved into a celebration of community and summer, as well as the Shriners’ dedication to children.

“He was just someone that lived here all his life until he passed away,” Johnson said. “He was an instrumental part in keeping Colorado Days going.”

Robinson’s barbecue marinade “swamp water” is still an essential ingredient at the barbecue fundraiser.

“For years, he would never tell anyone how he made it,” Johnson said. “They still, to this day, use that recipe.”

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