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2014 Create Ca単on City

Balloon Classic

Memorial Day Weekend May 24-26, 2014 presented by

Create Canon City and The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey have joined forces to bring a hot air balloon festival to Canon City May 24th-May 26th during the entire Memorial Day week-end, and a plethora of activities is on the agenda. The three-day event will feature hot air balloon ascensions at 6:00 am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday with the Lions Club of Canon City serving breakfast each day, as well as sky diver demonstrations and model rocket launches in the hay field, and a special balloon glow is planned for Saturday night. "In honor of veterans, The Fort Carson Brass Quintet will begin the live entertainment at noon Saturday," said winery spokesperson Sally Davidson. There will be a break in the performance to honor fallen veterans and to Present the Colors. Robert Henderson's bronze statue "I Knew You'd Come," which depicts an army soldier carrying his wounded friend off the battlefield, is also on display at the winery to honor veterans. Its image is the logo of The Wounded Warriors Project. Other entertainment on Saturday includes The Inman Brothers and Tom Hagerman of Devotchka. The Haunted Windchimes will close Saturday's line-up, and at 8:30 p.m., there will be a balloon glow and a special lighting of The Monastery at the Abbey. Sunday's lineup will begin at 12:30 p.m., and includes a special Memorial Day performance by the Southern Colorado Community Band. Wayne Hammerstadt's Jazz Fusion will close the day at 6 p.m. Sunday. The last launch will take place at 6:30 a.m. Monday, and the festival will conclude. Food, wine and arts and crafts are all in the mix as well, and the Kid’s Fun Zone will have lots of new additions. There is no charge for the event, and parking is free. The winery and all the arts, crafts and food vendors will be open at 10 a.m. The festival is free and open to the public. There is no charge for parking. The winery is located at 3011 E. U.S. 50. For more information, check out the Create Canon City Balloon Classic on Facebook, call the winery at 276-5191/ 877-422-9463 or email

And the Winner Is‌ Eve Nagode, Photographer

Congratulations to Eve Nagode, Fox Run Art, for winning the Create Canon City Balloon Classic Program & Magazine Cover Contest.

FROM EVE: Growing up on the central plains, I yearned to see mountains break the straight line of the horizon. Now I live on a mountain in Colorado. For me, photography is a form of painting with light, texture, color and form. I’m interested in a broad range of subjects including landscapes and interior work spaces. I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Photography and have worked in photography and graphic arts studios. WEBSITE:

Holy Cross Abbey, Then and Now The beautiful Holy Cross Abbey monastery, built in 1924, once housed up to 90 Benedictine Monks and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Benedictine monks carried out three distinct functions at the Abbey; the Abbey School (college prep high school for boys), the Holy Cross College and Seminary for young men desiring a life dedicated to God and Camp Holy Cross a camp for boys ages 8 to 14.

On May 10, 1923, Father Cyprian Bradley, Prior of the Benedictine Society of Colorado announced that the Roman Catholic Church purchased 90 acres of land, formerly known as Fruitmere Orchards, from Captain Benjamin F. Rockafellow estate. The Benedictines established a religious foundation and named it the “Holy Cross Abbey�. Designed by Joseph Dillon and L.A. Des Jardins, construction began on February 25, 1924 on this massive 4-story brick building built in a modified cruciform plan. Described as Collegiate Gothic with a detectable Jacobean Revival influence, its scale and style are unique in south central Colorado. It was completed in 1925 at a cost of $600,000, three times the estimated cost.

When first constructed the Monastery was outside of town but over the years the community has built up around it. The monastery was built as a teaching facility thus the chapel is very modest. The original architectural rendering included a grand cathedral, electrical plant, football stadium, and many other additional buildings. Due to the Depression and WWII these plans never came to fruition. Today the property is an events complex with all types of events happening including weddings, meetings, banquets, retreats, reunions, car shows, expos and celebrations. The Monastery is open for tours: Self-guided tours of the main floor including the chapel is by donation and is available Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm all year and Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm Memorial Day through the end of September. Guided tours of the entire building are $5.00 per person and are available Saturdays (Memorial Day through the end of September) at 11 am or 1 pm or by appointment. The guided tour takes about an hour and visits the bell tower, upper floors and the basement, the knowledgeable guide shares the history and stories about the life of the monks at the Abbey and the students of the Abbey School. During the Balloon Classic May 24 and 25 guided and self- guided tours will be available 10 to 3 pm each day. The Abbey Monastery will be also a glow with all the lights lit during the balloon glow Saturday evening at 8 pm.

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey Several years ago, some simple Benedictine Fathers had a dream…a dream of a fine winery located on the grounds of the historic Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, Colorado. Today, that dream is a reality, and the staff at the winery proudly invites you to share in the vision of those dynamic and innovative monks. Visit in the spring and summer and enjoy the beautiful outdoor garden setting while viewing thriving vineyards growing against the majestic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. In the winter, warm your hands by the toasty fireplace while sipping a rich full-bodied Merlot. Your shopping experience in the tasting room will include rich, colorful textiles from Provence, exquisite crystal from Italy and the newest and most up to date wine accessories. Enjoy books that relate to every aspect of wine, cooking and travel, and let the helpful knowledgeable staff assist you with that wine selection for the perfect dinner party. You will find table toppings from Italy, France, Tunisia, Spain and the USA. The tasting room has many different wines to sample. Most are complimentary, while the reserve wines cost $1.00 to taste. Riesling, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are some of the many Colorado varietals. In the last thirteen years the winery has won hundreds of awards for their wines. The 2011 Revelation was just awarded a gold

medal and the BEST Proprietary Red Wine Blend at an international wine competition in California.

The winery will be selling a special limited edition 2010 Merlot called Ascension, which will feature a label with hot air balloons against a back-drop of sky and mountains. The wine itself was awarded "Best New World Merlot" by the 2013 Jerry Mead NWIWC.

Come visit The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and share the dream!

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The idea for Michael’s on Main came from Jan and Mike Gould because Mike loves deli sandwiches, chocolate and gelato and Jan loves art. So, they compromised and said, “let’s do it all!” The concept was born in 2007.

The owners of Michael’s on Main both started their journey from small Midwestern towns. Mike loved to read Louis L’Amour western novels, which were filled with courageous western characters that faced unimaginable dangers to explore and settle the western U.S. Jan wanted to help Mike realize his 30 year-old dream of living in Colorado. So, they bought property in the Canon City area and then decided to bring something new and different to the residents of this part of Colorado. It is Jan and Mike’s goal to create an atmosphere in Michael’s that is warm and inviting to all of their guests. Everyone experiences bad days, when

sometimes circumstances are overwhelming. If you are having that kind of day, Jan and Mike hope that you find some respite from your daily troubles and are able to escape, even if for just a short time, during your visit to Michael’s. Imagine yourself along the Seine River in Paris or a small café in Venice. Sit and ponder the meaning of an artistic abstract in the gallery. It is Jan and Mike’s hope that guests at Michael’s will enjoy their visit and have the time to relax, reflect, and laugh. If you’re having a good day, then they hope they’ve helped to make it better and that you’ve shared some good food, conversation, and laughter with friends or family. Jan and Mike appreciate all of their friends and family, who have shared in their lives, dreams, and adventures. Thank you for choosing Michael’s to share some of your valuable time with all of us here at Michael’s. We want your experience to be excellent. If we disappoint you in any way, please let us know. Every one of our guests is appreciated, so we want to make sure that your time here was thoroughly enjoyed and remembered.

Thank you for visiting!

Canon City Set to Stage Health Care Revolution

By Sheri Trahern, Chief Executive Officer, St. Thomas More Hospital

Search Google for the number one cause of death in America and it will tell you that it’s heart disease followed by cancer. Google’s wrong. The number one cause of death in America isn’t heart attacks, strokes or pneumonia. It’s the choices we make. About 20% of our health is the result of genetics; 20% is due to the environment in which we live; 50% is the lifestyle we lead. But it’s medical interventions — the final 10% — that accounts for almost all of the $3 trillion we’ll spend this year on health care in the United States.

only do so much to reverse the effects of our lifestyle choices. It has taken too long to recognize that we should be working to stay well. Long term wellness is where “value” lies for the consumer, which requires us to become better stewards of our health and wellness. The more control we exert over our habits, the healthier we become, resulting in lower health care costs and better health outcomes. Centura Health and St. Thomas More Hospital are pursuing this revolution through an initiative called Colorado Health Neighborhoods (CHN), which moves from the current fee-forservice model that rewards volume instead of value, encouraging consumers to play an active role in their health care. The goal is to improve coordination among providers and health outcomes at an affordable cost in a convenient, service-oriented setting. This means relying on consumers to take responsibility for their health.

Many people only take personal responsibility for their health when a health crisis strikes. Why is it so hard for us to watch what we eat and drink, exercise, manage stress, and take care when behind the wheel of a car? America has the best medical care in the world, but it can

To accomplish this, CHN puts consumers in the driver’s seat, bringing together services and resources essential to well-rounded health care, including services such as Centura Health Urgent Care Canon City and the St. Thomas More Physician Group, and wellness services such as health coaches.

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As an NCQA recognized Patient Centered Medical Home for Family Practice, St. Thomas More Hospital is positioned perfectly for this change. CHN helps us expand this program to work within the largest system in Colorado to provide specialized health care services that we otherwise could not. We’ll always be there for you if you get sick or injured, but we want to focus on keeping you healthy. Fremont County is fertile ground for this revolution. We must collaborate to make CHN successful, benefiting patient care by improving health care access, especially to specialized services we cannot offer locally. Residents are not alone; we are a partner and will help them navigate the health care system. Medical providers play a vital role in this effort. The dynamics of medicine today lends itself to a situation where physicians coming out of medical school see a hospital employment model as more appealing than starting an independent practice. Or, they move on to other positions for professional growth. As we experience the cycle of providers locally, we persevere with recruitment efforts to invite

Our community wants better value for their health. Together, we are creating a system that rewards coordination, prevention and keeping people healthy. Because health care, like health itself, is all about the choices we make.

Sheri Trahern, Chief Executive Officer, St. Thomas More Hospital .

A Commitment to Caring, 75 Years Strong Welcome to St. Thomas More Hospital, located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at the entrance to the Royal Gorge in scenic Canon City, Colorado. Since 1938, we’ve served Fremont County with compassionate health care. Our mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities. We are proud of our 75-year history and the legacy we continue today.

Caring for our community is a responsibility we take very seriously. The people who work in our hospital, rehabilitation center, Progressive Care Center long-term care facility, Centura Health Urgent Care Canon City and St. Thomas More Physician Group are what makes us special. They are your family and friends who lend their expertise and talents to providing compassionate care when you need us most. Our connection to Centura Health, the region’s leading health care network, provides a single electronic medical record that allows health care professionals from our statewide network to have immediate 24/7 access to your health history - because you never know when or where you may need us. Our services include inpatient acute care, rehabilitation services, surgical services, critical care/ICU, The Birth Center, diagnostic imaging and more. In life’s most critical moments, seconds matter. We have exceptional care standing by, including board certified emergency physicians, nurses with extensive emergency and trauma experience, short ER wait times, and a connection to the state’s largest trauma system and Flight For Life Colorado. We provide safe surgical care by a highly-skilled, experienced surgical staff and surgeons. We are proud recipients of these 5-Star Healthgrades Awards: total knee replacement 2012-2014; hip fracture treatment 2007-2014. Providing access to quality, compassionate health care services is our priority. We’ve expanded our physician group to better serve our community in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery,

OB/GYN Services, Orthopedic Surgery and the Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic. By implementing key initiatives, adding a Patient Advocate, and coordinating dedicated phone number for each clinic, we have experienced increased patient satisfaction. We are committed to moving health care upstream - giving you the tools you need to take control of your own health. Highlights of our education offerings include: Healthier Living/chronic disease selfmanagement program, home visits; Care Transitions, hospital-to-home program that decreases readmissions; Coumadin clinic; wound care clinic; Ambulatory Infusion Center; diabetes management; community events such as Pamper Your Heart, Child Health & Safety Day, the KOAA5 Health Fair (previously known as 9Health Fair) and Margaritas & Mammos. We are supported by a Community Board of Trustees and Patient/Family Advisory Councils that help guide our future. The St. Thomas More Health Foundation supports services, programs and equipment, which would not be possible without the generosity of individual gifts, corporate gifts, grants and planned giving. Centura Health is a non-profit organization, but we also support other organizations through community sponsorships. Examples include the Canon City Pregnancy Center, Orchard of Hope Foundation, Golden Age Center and more. To learn more, visit By the Numbers: • Benefit to the Community: $10.3 Million • Births: 219 • Surgeries: 1,315 • Inpatient Days: 6,520 • Outpatient Visits (excluding ER visits): 23,007 • Number of ER visits: 18,707 * Statistics reflect July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

Preserving the Arkansas River By Taylor Edrington

Gold Medals aren’t won by accident. They’re earned with hard and often thankless work. The same is true for the Arkansas River’s Gold Medal Trout Waters.

Colorado just last year. The commercial outfitters of the Arkansas River Outfitters Association along with other summer activities are the economic engine of the river communities that reside along its banks. From pristine Brown’s Canyon to the welltraveled Bighorn Sheep Canyon, the diverse environments of the Arkansas have thrived while supporting a variety of recreational, agricultural and municipal uses. The health of the riparian environment is a testament to decades of cooperative and deliberate stewardship efforts.

The 102-mile stretch from Leadville to Parkdale is easily Colorado’s longest Gold Medal water, and likely one of North America’s top five in terms of contiguous miles. On average, it supports some of the state’s biggest trout and largest stock, at over 170 pounds per acre. It’s no wonder tens of thousands of anglers fish these waters every year.

It all starts with responsible management, particularly the Voluntary Flow Management Program. This collaboration of outfitters, agencies and water providers has been essential in preserving and enhancing recreation and the fishery. The Arkansas River Outfitters Association and Colorado Parks and Wildlife deserve a great deal of credit, as do folks like Jim Broderick at the Southeast Water Conservancy District, Roy Vaughn at the Bureau of Land Management, and Alan Ward at the Pueblo Board of Water Works to name a few. It would not have been possible without their support for vibrant and diverse resources. Just upstream from Canon City, Brown’s Canyon highlights a completely different part of the river. The proposed National Monument and Wilderness Act speaks to the health of the river and exemplifies the unique environments that exist along the upper Arkansas.

The Arkansas is also the most rafted river in the U.S. with more than 210,000 visitors enjoying the best family and adventure class rafting in

At the end of the day, the Gold Medal is an important designation that reflects the health of the entire ecosystem. A healthy river doesn’t exist by itself; it takes a chorus of stewards

dedicated to preserving this amazing and important river.

There truly is gold in the Arkansas River, not meant to mine, rather to enjoy recreationally in all its pristine nature. Taylor Edrington is the owner and operator of Royal Gorge Anglers in Canon City. Royal Gorge Anglers is the largest fly shop on the Arkansas River and the only Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Outfitter on the river. Celebrating 24 years of operation in Fremont County, Royal Gorge Anglers offers fly fishing instruction, fully guided adventures, and a large outdoor gear retail presence; featuring such brands as Patagonia, Orvis, Simms, NRS and much more..... visit:

Welcome to Royal Gorge Anglers, the oldest flyshop & fly fishing guide service on the Arkansas River. Fly Fishing in Colorado is Royal Gorge Anglers' expertise. The flyshop carries nothing but the finest fly fishing and outdoor industry brands including: Orvis, Patagonia, Simms, Rio Products, Costa Del Mar, Sage Fly Rods, Scott Fly Rods, Umpqua Feather Merchants, Hatch Reels, Yeti Coolers and much more. In addition, Royal Gorge Anglers is the premier Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of Southern Colorado. Guided fly fishing on the Arkansas river is our specialty; as well as fly fishing adventures to regional high mountain lakes, local streams, the reservoirs of South Park, and the world famous tailwaters of the South Platte drainage. Ready for a fly fishing adventure outside the lower 48? Royal Gorge Anglers has been hosting international fly fishing travel for anglers for over 20 years. Let our destination fly fishing travel experts show you the ropes, and get you squared away with any gear you might need for your next big adventure! Royal Gorge Anglers is your one stop resource for everything Fly Fishing‌, enjoy your time on our website, and remember we are always available to assist you. Welcome to the World's Local Flyshop!

Agri Tourism Finds Its Niche in Fremont County By Kathleen Thomas Gaspar

Colorado has long been one of the nation’s leading destination tourism states, with visitors planning extended vacations around world-class skiing and snowboarding, numerous huge-name signature golf courses, off-road vehicle and biking adventures, thousands of miles of pristine gold medal fishing streams and tucked-away alpine lakes and hair-raising, thrill-a-minute white water river rafting. But in recent years another nature-based draw has brought vacationers to the Centennial State. It’s agri-tourism, part and parcel of the state’s enormous agriculture industry, and not only is agri-tourism down-to-earth – it’s literally of the earth. Agri-tourism incorporates fruit and vegetable farming with livestock ranching and other food production, and in Fremont County, where history is woven from the cloth of ag, it’s a growing (pun intended) part of the local economy. The area around Cañon City was settled by folks who raised what they ate and also produced food for the fortune seekers of the Gold Rush in the middle part of the 19th century. Cañon City itself was platted in 1858 – just a few years before the discovery of oil in the region. Oil workers had to eat, as did the laborers of two railroad companies, the Santa Fe and the Denver & Rio Grande, The rail workers not only worked

but also fought, ferociously, to get rail service from the plains to Cañon City, passing through the gorge and snaking into the mountains to the west. All that conflict and hard labor created big appetites, of course, and area farmers found themselves planting and harvesting for profit. The tradition begun by orchardists and truck farmers generations ago continues to this day, and Cañon City celebrates its fruitful past each May with the Blossom Festival, a celebration of huge proportions. The area also boasts a welldeserved reputation for early spring salad greens, melons during warm weather, abundant apples, pears and other tree fruit, pumpkins and wine grapes that are pressed into festival-worthy wine. Agri-tourism finds a receptive audience of regional stay-cationers and national and international vacationers. To keep interest and education sharp, the area has many outlets that invite visitors to pick their own fruit and vegetables. Farmers markets run through the summer and fall, and other ag operations provide tours and demonstrations of their operations. Colon Orchards in southeast Cañon City has both orchard and fruit/vegetable stand – and a pumpkin patch and corn maze in the fall. Seasonal fare includes peaches, apricots, cherries, watermelon, cantaloupe and the well-loved apples. But the stand, which is open until Christmas Eve (great for shopping for that hard-to-buy-for person we all know and love), also has bins and coolers of peppers (hot, spicy or sweet), sweet corn, hard and summer squashes, tomatoes you’d kill for, green beans, new-crop potatoes, onions and a multitude of other field items. There are also baked goods, jams and jellies, prepared mixes, secret sauces and dynamite sauces.

Other pumpkin patches and corn mazes dot the countryside, with many of the owners second-, third- and even fourth-generation Fremont County residents. Diana’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is the oldest agri-tourism operation in the area. The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey on the east side of Cañon City has one of the richest histories in the entire state. The Abbey itself was established by an order of Benedictine Monks, conceived in the late 1800s and brought to fruition (another pun) in the 1920s. The soaring Gothic structures are juxtaposed against the pastoral hems of furrowed fields and vineyards; at one time the Abbey, which was approved by the Vatican, was a boarding school as well as a monastery, but both eventually closed. Today beautiful grounds are still well-kept, the spires still reach Heaven and the porticos, though silent to the casual ear, speak in hushed and reverent voices of the past. The Abbey and Winery serve as venue for the fall Harvest Fest and many other seasonal activities and special events that bring visitors to the site. And the Winery! Well, the Winery produces more than a dozen varieties of wines, including Merlot, Saugivnon Blanc, Reisling, Chardonnay and the Wild Cañon Harvest blend, which brings local grapes to a pinnacle of taste. Wine is also produced at in the southern part of Cañon City. The land was homesteaded by Charles Vezzetti and his family in the 1900s, with vineyards planted soon after the family arrived. The Italian immigrants were well-versed in the art of wine production and began their business generations ago. Today Le Fuselier Winery continues to grow grapes on the old Vezzetti homestead, but the

winemaking operation leans to French varieties begun in the 1500s at Chateau Montagy near Lyon, Franch, by Pierre Francois Fuselier de la Claire, forbear of present owner David Fuselier.

One perhaps surprising addition to the Fremont County agri-tourism “club” is the Colorado Department of Corrections, which operates the Colorado Correctional Industries, or CCI. CCI gives inmates production skills in making items such as air filters, flags, mattresses, leather goods, furniture and other non-perishables. Additionally, CCI participants work the fruit and vegetable-growing areas, learn fish farming and flower growing and even learn beekeeping and honey production. There are also training programs that pair inmates with dogs and wild horses, and some inmates tend milk cows and a herd of water buffalo for cheese making. The cloth of ag is as colorful as the state itself, with threads that reach virtually every other industry the Rocky Mountains support. And happily, as long as folks eat and our trees and fields bear fruit, agritourism will tie Colorado’s history to its future through sustenance and substance.

The Future is Bright & Bold! Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

On June 11, 2013 the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park experienced a devastating fire which destroyed 90 percent of the buildings and attractions within the park, but leaving the Royal Gorge Bridge relatively unscathed. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is on the fast track to get rebuilt and re-opened. The first rebuilding phase of the park will include a new 14,000 sq. foot Visitor Center which is scheduled to open this August 2014. A new zip line racing across the Royal Gorge and a new aerial gondola will also be added in the first phase with a large children’s play area attraction.

Beginning March 15, 2014, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park will offer guided tours on park vehicles through construction zones and over one of the world’s highest suspension bridges, weekends only, weather and construction permitting, park hours will be 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Guests will see history in the making while traveling in the open-air, 85 passenger people-mover the park recently purchased or the Royal Gorge Bridge bus. The tour will include a stop on the 85-year-old Royal Gorge Bridge so guests can step out to enjoy the views, The tour will then travel up to the Royal Rush Skycoaster, the park’s internationally acclaimed thrill ride (releases harnessed riders from a 100-foot tower and swings out over the Royal Gorge, momentarily suspending you 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River!

Thrill seekers will love the free-fall, plummeting up to 50 miles per hour with nothing but air between them and the canyon floor). Electricity and weather permitting, guests will be able to ride, or walk up to Point Sublime for another scenic view of the Royal Gorge. For those patrons who wish to fly on the Skycoaster, the cost is $25 per head, $45 for two riders, and $60 for three. If they choose not to ride, they can walk up to Point Sublime for one of the best panoramic views of the region according to Bandera. The tours are on a first come first serve basis, weather and construction permitting. If our parking lot and tours are at capacity, guests will have to wait at the security/admissions gate until such time as we can accommodate them, and then we will sell them tickets. The gate personnel will let cars know anticipated wait time, they then can decide if they would like to wait. There are no advance ticket sales. We suggest guests come early.

The park is open 10 am to 4 pm., we ask guests to check, and our website for the latest updates on closures. The park is expected to open Phase I of the rebuild August 2014, which will include a new visitor center, aerial tram, and several other attractions. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park has proven the test of time as a great attraction for all ages. Experience the breathtaking views, exhilarating thrills, and historical treasures that abound in this 360-acre natural wonder. 4218 County Road 3A, Canon City, CO 81215 (888) 333-5597

Nature Pulls Out all the Stops White Water Rafting on the Arkansas By Kathleen Thomas Gaspar

Although it’s been nearly 200 years since 19th-century environmentalist John Muir explored uncharted regions of America, his musings continue to capture the wildness nature. And if you’re a veteran white water enthusiast or a newbie looking to get wet for the first time, you’ll come away from the experience with true appreciation for his musing: “When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.”

Leadville and coursing through mountain canyons and slowing down a bit through the wide valleys that open to the high plains of Pueblo, the Arkansas runs from serene Class II and III sections to screaming Class IV and V.

The range of experiences make the Arkansas perfect for beginners and for family outings, but the whitewater stretches make it the most popular destination in the U.S. for experts seeking new challenges.

The region designated as the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, or AHRA, has become one of America’s most visited rafting and kayaking locations – and in fact the Arkansas is today the premier commercially rafted river nationwide. With 150 miles of navigable water starting at the headwaters in

The colorful names of rapids in the Royal Gorge tell the story what to expect: Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer, Wallslammer, Corkscrew, the Narrows, Boateater and Soda Pop Rock. River recreation in the gorge is regulated by AHRA, and daily user fees are required to launch at all of the recreation sites upstream of the Royal Gorge. There are many commercial rafting companies which are licensed by AHRA to run the

Royal Gorge and summer weekends can see hundreds of rafts packing the river.

During rafting season, commercial operations will take you through foaming rapids and along the smoother waters with trained precision – and as you move downstream, you’ll see hundreds of other nature enthusiasts soaking up Colorado’s glory as well, whether on the water or on the banks fishing, hiking, mountain biking, panning for gold (yep! We still do that here!) or climbing the rocks. Did we mention wildlife? Sure, the Gold Medal Arkansas River teems with fish, but you’re likely to see deer, elk, bighorn sheep, sometimes a black bear, less frequently cougars and even a bobcat or two.

Oh, and you’ll also see the frequent runs of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, which has a history going to its first trip on May 7, 1879. The railroad now operates year-round, traveling 12 miles through the canyon from Cañon City to Parkdale and then back. Whether in a raft or kayak or on the train, you’ll pass under the Royal Gorge Bridge, which spans the river 955 feet over your heads. From its building in 1929 until 2001, the bridge was the highest such structure in the world. (291 m) above the river held the record of highest bridge in the world from 1929 to 2001, and it was the focal point of a park that tragically fell victim to a wildfire that broke out on June 11, 2013, destroying 48 of 52 buildings. The bridge itself was unharmed, and in true Colorado fashion and under the auspices of Cañon City, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is being rebuilt bigger, better and grander than ever before – and tours of the bridge are being conducted as work goes on in 2014. The workaday universe around us seems to contract daily, but just as Muir hinted in his writings, nature itself remains wild, vast and ready to explore. So when travelers from around the globe come each year just to glimpse the beauty of Colorado’s Arkansas River and feel the spray of its rapids, startling the mind and capturing the heart, they know they’ve tugged at nature and are, indeed , attached to the rest of the world.

Canon City’s Newest Attraction Canon City’s reputation as a visitor’s paradise has been a well-kept secret for years, but the secret is getting out! Known as the “Banana Belt” because of its mild winter climate and its warm spring, summer, and fall, this sleeping little town erupts with visitors coming from far and wide every spring. Tourists travel great distances to see Colorado’s greatest attractions like the Royal Gorge Bridge and the Historical Royal Gorge Route Railroad located right here in beautiful Canon City. They come to raft the heart pounding Arkansas River, the number one white water rafted river in the World with professional outfitters like Raft Masters, locally owned and operated under the same local ownership since 1989. Visitors enjoy the boutiques, restaurants, and museums all located in Historic Downtown Canon City. Between these and zip lining, hiking, climbing, biking or kayaking in Canon City’s white water park you can easily spend days here.

not only visitors but locals alike, one more great way to see and experience Colorado. Will Colon, life-long resident of Canon City and owner and operator of Colorado Jeep Tours, has been hiking, rafting, and exploring Fremont County for over forty years and now is sharing all that he has learned and found with clients through scenic jeep tours. “All of our tours are not only scenic but incredibly interpretive. We discuss western history, geology, and even paleontology on all of our tours”, explains Will. Both full day and half day tours are offered and explore the rim of the Royal Gorge, Fremont Peak, Red Canyon Park, and the mining district of Victor and Cripple Creek. Beyond great views of the Royal Gorge, Pikes Peak, and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, you may see Indian petroglyphs, dinosaur footprints, and of course the wildlife that call Colorado home. Colorado Jeep Tours realized early on that clients don’t like to be bounced around while going up and down the mountain sides. It might be fun for the driver but not necessarily for everyone riding. So to accommodate riders and take the bounce out of jeeping, Colorado Jeep Tours has gone to great lengths to modify not only the jeeps’ suspension but also the seats, keeping your comfort in mind. The open air jeeps are modified to seat anywhere from 7 to 10 people so that they can keep larger families together.

And now Canon City has an exciting new attraction that is fun for the whole family no matter what your age. Colorado Jeep Tours will be entering its second summer of running tours in the Canon City area and is excited to bring to

If you and your family are wanting to see the road less traveled, let Colorado Jeep Tours do the driving. For more information visit or call 719 275 6339

There’s not much more exciting than exploring Colorado’s rugged terrain past towering peaks and cascading waterfalls, across mountain streams, along scenic backroads, former mining camps and ghost towns on a Jeep or 4x4 tour. High quality, scenic, and informative jeep tours offering a fun and interesting way to see and learn about Colorado.

Customized open-air jeeps are modified with your comfort in mind. Air bag suspensions to smooth out the ride and thick cushion seats so you can view the spectacular scenery and wildlife that Colorado has to offer without worrying about the rough bumpy ride.

High Sky Adventures Parachute Club, Inc., The finest in services to customers Come out and join the fun and Skydive at Fremont County Airport in a relaxed and safe environment. We are a club so our prices stay lower than any other drop zone in Colorado.

High Sky Adventures is eager to guide you through a wonderful new world the World of Skydiving! You'll find professionalism from the classroom to equipment sales and repair to expertly prepared and maintained aircraft. Our training center employs instructors who follow standards set by United States Parachute Association (USPA) and American Parachute Association (APA). Our instructors are dedicated to teaching solid skills so you, the student, are assured a safe and fun adventure. Only state-of-the-art equipment is used from the square parachutes to radio communications.

719-598-JUMP (5867)

The TOP Rafting in Colorado If you’re looking for the top Colorado whitewater rafting outfitter, you’ve found it. At Raft Masters, Colorado whitewater rafting isn’t just a business – it’s our passion. No other Colorado river rafting company does it like we do. We stake our reputation on providing professional, high-quality Colorado whitewater rafting adventures dedicated to your comfort and enjoyment. From high-octane thrill rides to leisurely float trips, Raft Masters has something for everyone. •

A wide variety of Arkansas River rafting trips suited to the ability of every group or family member. Beginner or expert, young or old, we’ve got a Colorado whitewater rafting trip for every comfort level. Experienced Colorado whitewater rafting guides who know historic Clear Creek and the scenic Arkansas River like the backs of their paddles. Our top-notch guides are rigorously trained to ensure a Colorado whitewater rafting trip as memorable as it is exciting. A wide variety of rafting trips and package options. Whether it’s a half-day action-packed jaunt, a full-day of Colorado whitewater thrills, or a leisurely multi-day river rafting adventure, make your whitewater rafting reservations with Raft Masters, offering rafting trips to fit any budget and timeframe. Competitive prices. No hidden or last minute add-on charges. We provide all your river rafting gear, for free. It reflects our commitment to provide a Colorado whitewater rafting experience that exceeds your expectations. Quality wetsuits, river boots, and paddle jackets that are essential for your safety and comfort, provided to all rafters at no charge. We want your Colorado rafting experience to be enjoyable, so you can “experience the thrill without the chill.” We’re also the only Colorado whitewater rafting outfitter that requires – and provides – safety helmets on all trips..

We’re proud of our reputation as a premiere Colorado whitewater rafting outfitter and grateful for repeat customers who continually refer their friends and family. Are you ready to experience the whitewater rafting adventure of a lifetime? Contact Raft Masters at 1.800.568.7238 and let our whitewater experts arrange the perfect Colorado rafting trip for you!

“Fly Me to the Moon”: Vern Estes and the Golden Era of Model Rocketry

Estes Industries was founded in 1958 in Denver, Colorado by Vern Estes after he created "Mabel". "Mabel" was a machine that mass-produced solid propellant model rocket engines, which gave people a consistent and reliable way to launch model rockets. The youth of America were captivated by America’s budding space program and just had to get involved. What an exciting time in our country's history and what fun for kids to fly model rockets! The goal at Estes was to ensure that every consumer experience with an Estes product is enjoyable from the moment the package is opened to the everyday use of the product. They wanted families to enjoy a wonderful fun-filled exhilarating hobby. Later the company branched out into the mass production of balsa nose cones and adapters for model rockets and began selling model rockets by mail in 1960. In an interview in Launch Magazine in 2006: Launch: Your name became so synonymous with the hobby that many people began referring to all flying models as “Estes rockets,” whether they were manufactured by Estes or not. And not only that, but your models are now in the Smithsonian museum, some of your customers became astronauts, and frankly, you were more famous among a lot of kids growing up in the 1960s than any sports or film star: Did you ever think it would lead to all of this? Vern Estes: No, when I hear this from credible sources I still have a hard time believing it to be true. I think our success had a lot to do with the way we treated our young customers. They were the future of our country and it was important that our programs and efforts helped them keep all of their body parts intact and their brains focused on how they might participate in our future space activities. Of course, many of our customers came along, flew a few rockets and then moved on to something else in their lives. A large number, however, went on to be directly involved in our space program or in other related business or scientific endeavors. I get a lot of satisfaction in knowing we helped, at least in some small way. I know that model rocketry has provided a lot of enjoyment to so many rocketeers as I have seen the expression on the faces and heard the “WOW” when they built and launched their first rocket. It is the expression that comes from seeing that rocket zoom skyward and knowing that it was his own creation and effort that made it happen.

Today Estes Industries is world renowned as a leading manufacturer of innovative hobby products for the model rocket industry. Their mission is to continue the philosophy from 50 years ago, established by Vern Estes, for exceptional quality and value.

Scout was flown Space Shuttle



Classic Estes Rocket

Mr. Vern Estes

In 1996, COX® joined the Estes family of products. For over 50 years, COX® built a solid reputation with families getting started in model airplane flying. COX® products are designed for first time users who want the best start to a flying adventure and for more advanced fliers. You must experience the magic of flying with COX® Free Flying, Control Line or Radio Control aircraft. By joining forces Estes-Cox ® Corporation was the leader for the model rocket and remote airplane industry for 20 years. In January 2010, the Estes-COX® Corporation was purchased by Hobbico, a 100% Employee-Owned Corporation based in Champaign, Illinois, and will continue operations in Penrose, Colorado. Classic Cox ® Rocket Launch System

Industry leaders in their fields, Estes and COX® will continue to turn kids and adults on to flight with innovative new products that will go FASTER, FURTHER AND HIGHER.

Fun for Kids & Adults! The Fremont County Radio Control Club (FCRCC) has been in existence for over 30 years and is chartered by The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), a national organization. We fly nitro power, gas power, and electric airplanes and helicopters, but because of an agreement with the Fremont County Airport, we do not allow flying of sailplanes/gliders. The FCRCC club meetings are on the 1st Friday of every month and are held at the Fremont County Airport in the Annex Building #2 at 7-9 pm. Meetings are open to visitors, new members and anyone wishing to find out more about our club. The business meeting consists of reviewing safety issues, planning future flying events and reviewing pilot training status. The club also raises money for community charities. Other events such as airfield maintenance, a yearly club auction, Christmas party and attending external events are also held.

Membership in the FCRCC costs $40.00 per year (which covers both the individual and family members). There is no initiation fee.

Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st. New members joining after the July 1st will receive a discounted membership rate for that calendar year. In addition to a club membership, an AMA membership is required and mandatory to fly at our field. AMA adult membership (19 and over) currently costs $58.00 per year, which includes a monthly magazine subscription. Those over 65 have a $10.00 senior discount. Youth AMA membership is free. AMA membership includes $2.5 million of liability insurance coverage. Click here for more information on joining AMA.

May Fun Fly - Ed Vincent and Ken Conway doing some training.

New members with R/C model flying experience are required to demonstrate their flying competence to any of the club instructors. Once certified by an instructor the member has full access to the flying site. All flyers are required to comply with the AMA Safety Code as well as the club's additional safety rules and procedures. New members without R/C model flying experience have access to training assistance through the club’s training program.

Fremont County RC Club has been in at least three locations. The first location was south of Florence and just south of the Cemetery. The club then was pushed out of that location and moved to a small area by Portland Cement Plant. Then in about 1995 the club made arrangements with the Fremont County Airport to put our runway parallel with theirs and that’s where we are still today. Fremont County Airport 60298 Highway 50 Penrose, CO 81240-9513 Seven miles East on Hwy 50 from Canon City, 5 miles West from Penrose Hwy 115 on Hwy 50. Upon reaching the airport main entrance continue about 1/3 mile as the road turns to the east. Our meeting building, Annex #2, is the building on the left.

May Fun Fly - Steve Stafford and Gary in the pit area getting a model ready

FCRCC airfield is located about 4 miles East of Canon City on State Hwy 67 . We are about one mile South of the Fremont County airport. We have an 800 foot dirt runway running east/west, 7 pit area tables, impound building, and storage building with shaded picnic area. Flying is restricted to radio controlled powered model airplanes and helicopters. Because of the proximity to the airport, flying altitude is restricted to approximately 400' and below while yielding the right of way to full size aircraft operations. Our runway is at 5,429’ above MSL. During the winter season through the end of May the club has access to a local gymnasium for indoor flying.

April Fun Fly - Terry next to his Paramount watching Dennis preparing his Twist in the background left Steve and Ed troubleshoot Steve's Tiger 60 In the background right is Buzz working on his plane

Thanks to All of the Wonderful Pilots and Their Teams for Flying in the First Annual Create Canon City Balloon Classic 2014!

Jon Downey

High Ho Balloons consists of pilot Don "WB" Dougherty, and his incredible crew who are based out of beautiful Colorado Springs, CO where the scenery (and elevation) is breathtaking. Don has been around hot air ballooning since he was eight years old, and received his pilot's license at the ripe old age of 25.


Barbi Hann has been an active Colorado pilot since 1990 and enjoys her husband Bob, their dogs, cooking, good friends, good food, and a darn good joke. Barbi and her husband are the owners of two hot air balloons: Air Rover and Incognito, and Barbi flies whenever time and weather allow. She is President and Chairperson of the Colorado LTA Safety Seminars,Inc. a nonprofit organization promoting safe ballooning for pilots in theRocky Mountain region.

Wildfire balloon owned by the Pilot Skip Howes and Crew Chief Debbie Howes of Colorado Springs. Skip is an Architect, General Contractor and Developer with most of his work located in the Woodland Park area, and Debbie is a Realtor with ReMax in Woodland Park. And as they tell me ... they're the Howes Team.

Gary Moore Timepiece

Gary took his first ride in 1989 at the Oldsmobile Balloon Classic, in Danville, IL was hooked immediately! Over the years Gary has enjoyed flying different Special Shape balloons including "Oggy" the Sea Monster, Mr. Winter (snowman), Miss Daisy (daisy, of course), Joey & Lilly - The Little Bees, and most recently, the newest addition to he and wife Diana’s own balloon family, Woodrow C. Greenleaf (Amazon rainforest tree).

Johnny Nash Dubloon Con Negro

Johnny & Linda Nash from Parker, CO pilot Dubloon Con Negro and enjoy festivals around the country. They annually fly in the

Celebration of Honor Fly balloon festival to say "thanks" to our troops without politics or pros and cons of armed conflict. .

Nolan Schuler Bella Sole

Ken Tadolini Outlaw

The Outlaw hot air balloon is owned and operated by Ken Tadolini.

After being active in auto racing for many years, including Late Models and "Outlaw" Sprint cars, Ken became involved in the sport of hot air ballooning in 1984.

Shannon White Mountain Breeze

Thanks for All of Your Support! The Canon City Daily Record‌ Proud Supporter of The Create Canon City Balloon Classic Special Appreciation to The Canon City Daily Record for Allowing Inclusion of their Create Canon City Balloon Classic Publication with the Create Canon City Balloon Classic Magazine

The Canon City Daily Record covers all the issues and events that affect the Fremont County community and are always in support of efforts of Create Canon City. Local, regional, national and World news reaches Canon City residents daily, thanks to the Canon City Daily Record led by Editor, Michael Alcala, Dean Lehman, Publisher and Ed Lehman, Publisher Emeritus. Quickly and easily get access to the get the latest news from CaĂąon City Daily Record right at home, mobile or on your Computer! The Canon City Daily Record is published Monday through Saturday mornings except Christmas and is owned by Prairie Mountain Publishing, a subsidiary of MediaNews Group, who purchased the paper in 2011.

Covering Fremont County & Surrounding Areas

The 2014 Create Cañon City Balloon Classic is presented by:

The proud presenter of the Create Cañon City Balloon Classic, the Cañon City Daily Record is your hometown source for local, regional, national and world news.

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey The Winery is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Create Cañon City Balloon Classic — and we’ve even created a new wine label for the event. Try Ascension and soar to new heights! Thanks to the friendly and knowledgable staff at the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

Balloons managed by:

The 2014 Create Cañon City

Balloon Classic ©2014. All rights reserved

Create Cañon City, a 501c3 non-profit, is a member of the Cañon City Chamber of Commerce and the Fremont Economic Development Corporation.

Directors: Bob Leck, Director and President Rob Brown, Director and Secretary/Treasurer Tracy Matthews, Director Bill Freda, Director Kathleen Thomas Gaspar, Volunteer George Daman, Volunteer Cover Photography by Eve Nagode Graphic Production by Kimberly Smith

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Schedule of Events Saturday May 24,2014 6:00 – 6:30 AM 6:30 – 7:00 AM 8:00 – 9:00 AM 9:00 – 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 – 2:00 PM 12:15 – 12:45 PM 1:00 – 2:00 PM 2:00 – 4:00 PM 2:30 – 4:30 PM 5:00 – 6:00 PM 6:30 – 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Balloons Inflate Balloons Launch Model Airplanes Fly Sky Divers Land in Hay Field Vendors & Wine Tasting Open for Business Fort Carson Brass Quintet Performs Presenting The Colors and Honoring of Fallen Veterans Sky Divers Land in Hay Field Estes Rocket Demonstration Inman Brothers Band Performs Tom Hagerman et al, of Devotchka Perform Haunted Windchimes Perform Vendors Close for the Evening Balloon Glow or Candles in the Park

Sunday May 25,2014 6:00 – 6:30 AM 6:30 – 7:00 AM 8:00 – 9:00 AM 9:00 – 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:30 – 2:00 PM 1:00 – 2:00 PM 2:00 – 4:00 PM 2:30 – 5:30 PM 6:00 PM

Balloons Inflate Balloons Launch Model Airplanes Fly Sky Divers Land in Hay Field Vendors & Wine Tasting Open for Business Southern Colorado Community Band Performs Sky Divers Land in Hay Field Estes Rocket Demonstration Wayne Hammerstadt Jazz Fusion Performs Vendors Close for the Evening

Monday May 26,2014 6:00 – 6:30 AM 6:30 – 7:00 AM 10:00 AM

Balloons Inflate Balloons Launch Event Over!!

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Cañon City 311 Royal Gorge Blvd. Cañon City, CO 81212

719.276.6900 719.275.7364 FAX

Family owned and operated since 1976. One-stop shop for gas, treats and Subway sandwiches! Four locations and a proud part of Fremont County! Cañon City, CO 1901 Fremont Drive

Penrose, CO 916 Hwy 115

3105 E Hwy 50 (Inside Walmart)

Florence, CO 921 E Main

420 Royal Gorge Blvd (Inside Hank's Travel Plaza)

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Since 1886…A Tradition in Customer Service High Country Bank has brought banking into the 21st Century combining old fashioned service with the most dynamic array of financial products available. From us, you can expect a highly personalized service that only comes from your hometown bank. High Country Bank believes in building futures together. Call or visit us today.

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3075 E Hwy 50 • Cañon City, CO 81212

800-525-7727 • 719-275-8676 The Quality Inn & Suites is located in Cañon City, Colorado. We have 150 spacious rooms, all featuring king and queen beds. Heated outdoor pool, 2 hot tubs in a beautiful garden atrium, valet and room service, full service restaurant and separate lounge. This is the finest lodging in the area. The Quality Inn & Suites is Cañon City's only Full Service Hotel. You will call our rooms "Sweet" because each room reservation comes with a FREE breakfast.

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Enjoy the Balloon Festival!

John Greene Agency 202 W. Main Street A Cañon City, CO 81212 719-275-1628

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3175 Grandview St. Cañon City, CO 81212

(719) 275-6359 Open July - December 9am - 6pm

You have to grow it to get it fresher.

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Keller Williams Performance Realty - Cañon City

Your Cañon City, Colorado and Royal Gorge Region Real Estate Resource

901 Main Street Cañon City, CO 81212 Phone: 719-269-7355 Toll Free: 719-269-7355 Fax: 719-275-6959

Reeves Real Estate LLC

200 S. 5th Street, Cañon City, CO 81212 719-275-8100 Office 719-429-7677 Cell 719-275-0824 Fax

“Soft landings and gentle breezes”

Kim Heath

Broker Associate

Like Us on Starpoint and Starpoint Children’s Services at SPIN

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Freedom for Your Pet • Convenience for You with an Energy Efficient Hale Pet Door for Walls, Doors, Screens, even right In-Glass! DIY or Professional Installation Available • 800-646-4773 • 609 Main Street, Cañon City, CO Page 14 — 2014 Create Cañon City Balloon Classic

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Sprinkler Systems & Winterization Concrete Paving Systems Hydro Seed/Sod Water Features Final Grading Xeriscaping Putting Greens & Artificial Turf Retaining Wall Systems Fencing Lawn & Landscape Maintenance Services

Free Estimates

Pueblo & Cañon City

719.275.5091 Ryan Cornella & Shane Gifford, Owners

Best Western Cañon City

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Publishing • Branding • Public Relations C



Kathleen Thomas Gaspar P.O. Box 682 Cañon City, CO 81215 Phone: 719.275.5857 Cell: 719.207.3616





110 Latigo Ln, Cañon City, CO


719-275-2400 • Hot Buffet Breakfast • Heated Pool / Hot Tub • Wi-Fi & Wired Internet • Fitness Center • Business Center • Meeting Room


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Mark Bunch Mike Brizendine Owners

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Let Us Help You Promote Your Own Business!

1925 Fremont Drive • Cañon City, CO 81212


Reservations: 888-315-2378

Mention Balloon Classic and get 15% off!

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Lisa Farris, Sales Manager

company logos created embroidered polos, tees, hats... school spirit products available pens, bags, signs, ID tags, magnets, etc.

Dee’s Place

624 Main Street • Cañon City


Open Mon. - Sat 10am-6pm (appointments available)

Guided fly fishing on the Arkansas River is our specialty! Royal Gorge Anglers 49311 W. Us hwy 50 Cañon City, CO 81212 Mon-Sat: 7:30am-5pm Sun: 7:30am-1pm

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Welcome to Cañon City and the inaugural

Create Create Cañon City Balloon Classic! Hey... did you, maybe, as you crested the hill and

dropped into our beautiful Arkansas Valley town, sense that you’re in a real place with real people and having, yes, real fun. Did you, perhaps, feel like you’ve come home? We know just what you mean, and we’re glad to share that feeling with you. We’re proud of our small-town hominess that is coupled with a full spectrum of amenities. This is the town where you’ll find great schools, comprehensive health care and compassionate elder care, fantastic and varied places to eat, friendly places to buy your new car, fabulous boutiques and shopping for the cost-conscious – and, oh yes, year-round activities and events that rival big cities and resorts. The Balloon Classic is a soaring example. Cañon City’s mild climates allow for “shoulder season” events and activities. Springtime comes weeks earlier here than in some parts of the nation, and our glorious falls extend much later. Just a smidge above Mile High with an elevation of 5,332 feet, we’ve been dubbed “The Climate Capital of Colorado.” Fish the Gold Medal waters of the Arkansas year-round; mountain bike the backcountry or along our network of trails early and late. And camp out before you hit the technical climbing area off Shelf Road north of Cañon City while your buds are scraping windshields and stacking firewood. Don’t forget, too, our incredible Royal Gorge Bridge and the thrill of white water river rafting, zip-lining and helicopter tours. Look down, and you’re likely to see native wildlife like bighorn sheep, deer and elk – and the occasional black bear – in the canyon below. Or, if you’re enjoying a scenic ride in the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, you can look up and see that wildlife from another vantage point.

And that’s the point – this is such a great place

to visit and an even better place to live. So welcome to the Create Cañon City Balloon Classic.

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Buddy and Paula The Drainage Specialists 304 S. 1st Street Cañon City, Colorado

Garden & Spa Center

719-275-5919 Culvert Geogrid Bridge Materials New & Used Steel Drainage Consulting Geotextiles Cattle Guards Welding

Cañon City • Salida • Pueblo West • 719-275-1286 • Trees • Shrubs • Annual & Perennials • Fertilizer • Soil • Planting Service

• Hot Tubs • Spa Treatments • Pond Supplies • Indoor Garden Supplies • Hydroponic Supplies • Expert Advice

Your Full Service Garden Center

• Quilting Supplies • Fabrics • Notions • Patterns & Books • Threads

beginner & advanced sewing / quilting classes year round AUTHORIZED SEWING MACHINE DEALER

Quilt Shop & Sewing Store 212 S. 4th Street • Cañon City

Across from the Chamber of Commerce in the Little Brick Building

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is a 501c3 non-profit, public/private partnership that completes projects of civic significance within Fremont County. We are working to improve the economic viability of Fremont County by assisting with projects of a civic nature and by working with and advising companies that may be interested in locating in Fremont County. This is accomplished by helping the companies navigate the different municipal and county government requirements, identifying grant possibilities; assisting with grant writing and submittals and helping business leaders connect with each other.

“Equal Opportunity Employer”

205 Tunnel Drive Cañon City, CO 81212

719-269-1173 719-269-1148 Fax Rocky Mountain Landscape Materials, LLC 1087 E. Holiday Drive Pueblo West CO 81007

719.547.2224 719.547.0358 Fax Quality workmanship & attention to detail

719-275-3984 504 Greenhorn Dr. Cañon City, CO 81212

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The Royal Gorge Route is Colorado's most luxurious train that travels through the Royal Gorge with unique classes of service and dining options. This 1950's era train offers service in Coach, Vista Dome, Bar and Parlor, Club, Dinner, and Murder Mystery Trains. Santa Express Trains run every November and December. Royal Gorge Route Railroad Santa Fe Depot Located one block south of Hwy 50 & 3rd Street Cañon City, CO 81212

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Fremont StarFire Squadron Ca単on City, Colorado

The Fremont StarFire Composite Squadron is the Royal Gorge region's premiere military training organization for teenagers between the ages of 12 to 18. As a Civil Air Patrol squadron, we are an Auxiliary of the US Air Force. We have three prime missions for our adult and teenage members:

Aerospace Education Emergency Services Leadership Programs We are located at the Fremont County Airport and we meet every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:00pm. Major Bryce Nelson has commanded the squadron for over ten years. He has dedicated himself to creating exciting and fun educational programs that challenge every member to learn new skills. Cadets earn promotions and fill Leadership positions and gain real life emergency skills. We welcome new members! Anyone at any age can become a member. We currently have 8 adult and 18 cadets in our squadron. This Spring and Summer our members will be going to the space symposium, flying gliders, assisting in state-wide emergency drills and participating in cyber security computer training. If you would like to find out more about the Civil Air Patrol call Major Nelson at 269-8040. Check out the web pages below:

Fremont StarFire Squadron Website:

Find us on FaceBook: Fremont StarFire

CREATE CAÑON CITY is a public/private partnership that completes projects of civic significance without using tax based public funding.  The concept includes multiple funding

strategies that enlist the support of the local business community and citizens through voluntary, custom designed, tax deductible contribution programs.  Because the projects are all privately

funded and managed, building costs are lower, projects are completed quicker and most importantly private sector jobs are created.  Local laborers, tradespeople, suppliers,

contractors and professional services are used in every instance possible.

CREATE CAÑON CITY is a non-profit enterprise comprised of local business and construction experts. Together they form the nucleus of a new type of organization specifically focused on completing projects of civic significance with private local funding and tradespeople. Watch us as we create a new way of getting work done or better yet, join us in any way you can.

Please call or email to demonstrate your support…

2014 Canon City Balloon Classic Magazine  

Enjoy the first annual Create Canon City Balloon Classic Magazine with information on Canon City and surrounding area, as well as the Memori...