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Time to celebrate

Colorado Days helps Hayden celebrate 100th birthday

Friday

5 to 7 p.m. Bratwurst supper at the fairgrounds

9 p.m. to midnight Street dance with "Hot Posse" live band. Square dance demonstrations by the Yampa Valley Square Dance Club, 100 South Walnut St.

Saturday

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic Hayden walking tours, self-guided walking tour brochures at the Hayden Heritage Center, 300 West Pearl St. Hayden

7 to 9 a.m. Lions club pancake breakfast, American Legion, 3rd street across from Town Park

9:30 to 11 a.m. Parade lineup, high school parking lot

11 a.m. to noon Colorado Days Parade, Grand Marshalls Lucille Stratton Sundberg and Hilton Stratton

Noon Northwest Colorado Shrine barbeque, fairgrounds

1 to 3 p.m. Entertainment by "We're Not Clowns" and more, fairgrounds

1 to 4 p.m. Heritage Ranch tour through Morgan Bottom, motor coach leaves Steamboat Springs Transit Center at 12:45 p.m.

Sunday

7 to 9:30 a.m. Dutch Oven breakfast, fairgrounds

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic Hayden walking tours, self-guided walking tour brochures at the Hayden Heritage Center, 300 West Pearl St, Hayden

For more information, call Centennial Committee Chair Lorraine Johnson at 276-3425

— Hayden’s biggest celebration of the year is this weekend.

Hayden Colorado Days festivities kick off today 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. today, 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. Saturday, 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. Sunday.

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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