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The eighth annual Mountain Chile Cha Cha is just around the corner, taking place on Saturday, Aug. 24 ,from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Town Park in downtown Pagosa Springs. The Cha Cha includes a morning trail race for athletes of all ages and abilities, a free kid’s fun race, a green chile cookoff and tasting, and a free concert featuring local band Faculty X and Santa Fe’s Manzanares. The event is held rain or shine with a covered stage and admission is free. Entries will be accepted for the sixth annual Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic cookoff through Aug. 23. If you would like to compete, contact Jacque at 264-4237 to arrange a time to drop off your entry. First place in Green Chile with Meat, Meatless Green Chile and Overall People’s Choice will win $200 each. Additionally, trophies and medals will be awarded to the top three entrants in each category. If the judges and the people agree, one entrant could conceivably take home $600 in cash! If you think you make a great green chile, now is the chance to

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It will be time for some chile tastin’ when the crowd gathers at the Mountain Chile Cha Cha and partakes of the entries in the Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic. The event takes place in Town Park on Aug. 24.

prove it and possibly take home some cash, too. It’s just $5 per entry, and you can enter both categories, if you wish. Entry forms are available to download online at pagosaspringsdining.com. The chile tasting will get underway at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 24. Tasters are encouraged to put in their vote for the People’s Choice award. Faculty X starts at 10 a.m. and

Manzanares will hit the stage at 1:30 p.m., with a short break for the awards ceremony at 3:30. The Mountain Chile Cha Cha is produced by GECKO, a Pagosa Springs-based nonprofit organization providing outdoor educational scholarships for local students. For additional event and race signup information, go to joingecko.org.

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prayer. Ellen and her husband, Rich, moved to Montrose in 2003. She has two grandchildren and five stepgrandchildren and Ellen is a cantor at St. Mary Parish and loves singing Christian rock. Father Don and The Holy Rollers are performing in Concert Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Pope John Paul II Catholic Church, 353 South Pagosa Blvd. Call 731-5744 for more information. You can purchase a hamburger and other fixins’ before the Mass at 6:30 and desserts at intermission. Beverages will be provided. This year’s concert will be for the benefit of the Catholic Food Bank, which like many others has had a harder and harder time in getting grants to meet the needs of the locals who have been hurt by the recession and the economic downturn in our town. Although things are beginning to turn around, the food bank has been hard hit with price increases for food, and the increase of demand from 14-16 boxes a week to well over 50. Coming to the concert and the preceding hamburger feed (dinner) provides Pagosans with an opportunity to help the region’s poor.

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