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Welcome to Explore TABLE OF CONTENTS A Colorado birding expert’s guide to Northeast Colo.

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Morgan County

Explore the dramatic landscape at Pawnee National Grassland................................................................................... 6 Brush Rodeo back for 67th year.................................................... 7 Spend a day in Morgan County...................................................... 8

Washington County

Akron Pond up and running just in time for warmer weather ............. 9 Explore historic Fremont Butte .................................................... 10

Logan County

Explore rich western history on a new ‘Talking Trail’....................... 12 Shooting Sports Complex a don’t-miss attraction ......................... 14 Explore stories of early settlers ...................................................15 A space for outdoor adventures .................................................. 16 Festival a sweet celebration ....................................................... 18 Sterling where its at for rodeos ................................................... 19 Spend a day in Logan County ..................................................... 20

Kit Carson County

Take a step back in time at Burlington’s Old Town ......................... 22 The Carousel is reopening!......................................................... 23 Fair and rodeo a lineup of fun ..................................................... 26 Spend a day in Kit Carson County ............................................... 28


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Golf getaways a great escape

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Lincoln County

Spend a day in Lincoln County..................................................... 24

Yuma County

Event celebrates agriculture’s past ............................................. 35 Wray Museum preserves local history .......................................... 35

Phillips County

Haxtun Corn Festival theme is ‘Cheers to 100 years’.................... 36 Dandelion Daze classic car show celebrates 20 years .................. 38 ‘Raisin’ the Steaks’ is appropriate theme ................................... 39 Pavilion entertainment at the county fairgrounds is vast ............... 39 Old Fashioned Saturday Night is full of community fun .................. 40 Raceway promotes Friday night action.......................................... 41 Spend a day in Phillips County .................................................... 42

Sedgwick County

Colorado Welcome Center celebrates 25th anniversary ................ 44 Cruise Night in Julesburg brings out a collection of iconic cars ...... 45 Wicked town, fiery history .......................................................... 48 There’s always a reason to visit Sedgwick County ......................... 50

More to Explore

Cheyenne County gives big city options with small-town feel ......... 51 Explore the gems of Keith County, Nebraska ................................ 52 Hike unique habitat at Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park ......... 53 Sherman County attractions make great destination or detour ...... 53


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This page: The lark bunting, Colorado's state bird, is a grasslands species that can be found on the Pawnee National Grasslands and elsewhere on the Eastern Plains. (Wayne D. Lewis/Colorado Parks and Wildlife) Cover: A trick rider entertains the crowd at the Brush Rodeo. (Pam Riehl/Courtesy photo)

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Explore Northeast Colorado

A Colorado birding expert’s guide to Northeast Colorado Spot the state bird at Pawnee National Grasslands By Brittany Anas

Colorado is a premiere birding destination in North America. In fact, the state has more species on its official list (514) than any other interior state, according to Peter Burke, the managing editor of “Colorado Birds,” which is the quarterly journal of Colorado Field Ornithologists. The Northeastern part of the state, in particular, is a special draw for birders, as you can get a glimpse of Colorado’s state bird here and also witness remarkable mating rituals. “Northeast Colorado offers some of the best opportunities to view prairie chickens and grouse as they strut their stuff on springtime leks,” Burke says. Lek behavior is a courtship display and the ones you can spot in the region are among the most spectacular avian mating rituals in the world, he explains. North of Fort Morgan, the Pawnee National Grasslands is also a known destination for birders. It’s home to breeding mountain plovers and burrowing owls, Burke says. You also have a special opportunity to spot Colorado’s state bird, lark buntings, in the Pawnee National Grasslands, Burke says. These dapper sparrows prefer grassland habitats. A breeding male is black with snow-white wing coverts. The females and immature males are brown with white in the wings. Keep an eye (and ear) out for the male flight displays: He ascends 20 to 30 feet,

American White Pelicans spend a lazy afternoon in the waters at Prewitt Reservoir State Wildlife Area. (Callie Jones/Journal-Advocate)

then floats back to the ground with outstretched wings, while singing. As many as five or six males may perform the same song. Plus, numerous reservoirs in the region provide year-round habitat for waterfowl as well as critical refuge for migrating shorebirds, raptors and other species in spring and fall, according to Burke. Nearby, Barr Lake State Park, just 15 miles from Denver International Airport, Burke says, is a terrific birding location and serves as the headquarters for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, which has Birdwatchers flock to Wray each spring to watch the annual courtship dance science, education and stewardof the greater prairie chicken. (Courtesy photo) ship programs. EXPLORE 2021 • MAY 21, 2021 • 5

Morgan County • Brush, Fort Morgan, Hillrose, Log Lane Village, Orchard, Weldona, Wiggins

Explore the dramatic landscape at Pawnee National Grassland

Keep your eyes peeled for archaeological treasures By Brittany Anas


or a summer escape that’s as scenic as it is thrilling, spend a day exploring the Pawnee National Grassland — a favorite destination for photographers, hikers and bird watchers. This 193,000-acre site that’s along Highway 14 and north of Fort Morgan is a treasure trove for history buffs, with archaeological remnants like arrowheads and fossils spread about. (You can take pictures; but don’t remove these items from the area). Get there by following the Pawnee Pioneer Scenic Byway, which connects Fort Morgan, Sterling and Ault. Here, you can wander through the grasslands that are dotted with vibrant wildflowers in the summer months. Like fortresses, the Pawnee Buttes command attention. They are a pair of dramatic mesas that are a half mile apart from one another and that rise 350 feet above the plains, reaching 5,375

frequent cameos. “The area is also great for bird watching and stargazing,” Cloudman says. In fact, Colorado’s very own state bird, the lark bunting, frequents the grassland in spring and summer months. What we’re getting at? Pack some binoculars! Here are few tips from the Forest Service to keep in mind before visiting Pawnee National Grassland: • There are limited services on the east side of the Pawnee, so visitors should have a full tank of gas and plenty of water. • It is important to watch the The Pawnee Buttes are seen from Weld County Road 685 near the Pawnee weather as the roads can get muddy and slick when it rains or Buttes trailhead. (Sara Waite/Journal-Advocate) snows. • There is also a lot of intertains to the west. Despite being mixed public/private land, so havIf you go dry, there’s abundant flora and fauing a map (you can download the na in the area. More than 400 speMore information: Motor Vehicle Use Map for free colorado.com/byways/pawneecies of plants grow in the grassfrom the Avenza App on your pioneer-trails lands. mobile device) is important so you Visitors in the warmer months don’t trespass. feet in elevation. Because the sand- are likely to see cattle grazing in • During raptor nesting time the area. Reptiles like bull snakes, (March 1-June 30) there is a clostone towers aren’t stable, it’s not horned lizards and rattlesnakes recommended you climb them. sure covering a portion of the Pawcall the grassland home as well, Interestingly, the Pawnee nee Buttes, but there is still an National Grassland is the result of says Reghan Cloudman, a public opportunity to hike the trail. affairs specialist with Arapaho and Details about the trail can be found a “rain shadow,” which is an area here: fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/ that receives little rain because the Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland. recreation/hiking/recarea/ passing moisture is wrung out of Pronghorns and mule deer make ?recid=32178&actid=50. the clouds by the Rocky Moun-

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Brush Rodeo back for 67th year T

he annual Brush Rodeo is a staple Fourth of July Celebration held every year in Brush, Colorado at the Morgan County Fairgrounds. This year the 67th Brush Rodeo will be returning full of entertainment and events for all to enjoy. While events are still being scheduled and confirmed by the Brush Rodeo Association, in year’s past the rodeo has consisted of bareback bronc riding, break-away roping, bull riding, calf roping, cowgirls breakaway roping, mixed team roping, mutton bustin, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. There is one noted change though this year. Typically, the rodeo offers a free community barbecue on the opening night but this year due to precautions with COVID-19 the meal will not take place.

Fireworks light up the sky following the annual Brush Rodeo. (Fort Morgan Times file photo) A bareback contestant attempts to stay aboard his draw during a prior Brush Rodeo. (Pam Riehl/Courtesy photo)

Visitors are still encouraged to come out and enjoy the live music performances, rodeo events and fireworks over the course of the three days.

The Brush Rodeo is a member of the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association and became a member of that organization in 2005. Before that time, the rodeo

was billed as the World’s Largest Amateur Rodeo. Price of admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. The Brush Rodeo Association is still meeting to confirm events and performances so be sure to stay tuned on their Facebook Page @BrushRodeo.

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Spend a day in Morgan County Jackson Lake State Park

A pair of competitors putt near the disc catcher on hole 10 of the Optimist Disc Golf course at Riverside Park during a 2016 tournament. (Fort Morgan Times file photo)

A visit to Jackson Lake State Park, sometimes called “the oasis of the plains,” may have you wanting to stay longer than a day. And with over 250 campsites in seven campgrounds, the park makes it possible to do just that. Jackson Lake offers an abundance of family-friendly activities, such as fishing, boating and hunting, making it an attractive destination yearround. Check out the latest updates from the park on their Facebook page, @JacksonLakeSP.

Fort Morgan Museum

For anyone traveling through Morgan county, a stop at the Fort Morgan Museum is well worth the detour off the interstate and into the city’s downtown. The museum offers interactive displays, cases of artifacts, lots of area history and

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and a duck pond. There’s also a large playground, four picnic shelters, a pool complex with three outdoor pools, and plenty of grassy open space for recreation or relaxation. The park is also home to the historic Rainbow Bridge, built in 1922, with its 11 arches that now serves as a pedestrian bridge after being closed to vehicles in 1987.

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Riverside Park

Nestled alongside the South Platte River, Fort Morgan’s Riverside Park is the size of Central Park in New York City. In addition

If your idea of a great Saturday night includes engines revving and dirt flying, get your tickets to the I-76 Speedway. The 1/4-mile highto 5.2 miles of improved trails banked dirt oval track is located through natural woodlands and wetlands, the park boasts multiple on the west side of Fort Morgan. The summer season features up to disc golf courses, two softball fields, multiple baseball diamonds, six divisions racing every other Saturday, April through October, an inline skating rink, horseshoe pits, basketball courts, sand volley- and the track also offers a winter series starting in November. ball pits, a stocked fishing pond

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Washington County • Akron, Otis

Akron Pond up and running just in time for warmer weather T

he weather is warming up and the Town of Akron has created the perfect spot for outdoor recreation. The newly renovated Akron Fishing Pond is up and running, just in time for spring and summer fishing and relaxing. Located south of Akron on Highway 63, just west of the Washington County Golf Course, the new pond has been a project almost seven years in the making. In May 2014, the initial survey was completed and the preliminary design was started by engineer Kyle Dorrenbacher, an Akron resident. Over the course of the next several years, the town received over $400,000 in grant funding from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), then began holding local fundraisers and in August 2018, conducted fish races at the fair and held a benefit dinner. Environmental engineering work happened in 2019, along with the construction of duck boxes by local Eagle Scouts. Despite a year of COVID, things really started to take shape in 2020. In January, the town began working with graduate students at the University of Colorado in Denver as part of the University Technical Assistance Program offered by DOLA. Construction contracts were awarded in February. With much of the world shut down in May, equipment moved in and fence closed the pond to the public to begin construction. Liner in the new pond was completed in July 2020 and water started filling the pond in August. In November, Washington County contributed $30,000 in Conservation Trust Fund dollars to be used for the new pond. Three solar aerators were added in November, and the pond was finally full. The Akron Pond Revitalization Project has been completed within

available, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Wray, Pueblo and Las Animas Hatcheries will stock fish in Akron Pond between May and August 2021, but it will be a few years before the hatchery-stocked fish are large enough to catch. Colorado Parks and Wildlife plans to salvage redear sunfish and smallmouth bass from other waters and stock those in Akron Pond beginning in May 2021 to provide angling opportunities in the interim. Some of these fish will be large enough to catch, and some smallmouth bass may even meet the minimum size limit of 15 inches. The public is welcome to fish the pond anytime, but keep in mind that it takes time to build a Filling the Akron Pond after a renovation project took nearly three months quality fishery, so catch rates may from start to finish. (Photo courtesy Town of Akron) be low for some time until the stocked fish have a chance to initial budgeted expectations. With grow. If the right stocking strategy grants and town funds, the amount is used and fish are given time to paid is over $423,000 for the projgrow, fishing should be great for ect to date. Additionally, there years to come. were over $100,000 in-kind donaPer state of Colorado rules, anytions for engineering services, one 16 years and older is required excavation and other portions of to have a valid fishing license. the plan, which played a key part Those can be obtained from the in completing the project. Future Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s webimprovements include restroom site. Gas-powered boats are not facilities, a floating dock for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocked permitted on the pond, but canoes northeast point of entry, a natural and kayaks are allowed – lifejackthe Akron Pond with 48 redear sunplayground for youth, additional fish last October to establish a feed- ets are mandatory when on the signage by local Eagle Scouts and ing base. (Photo courtesy Town of water. If in boats, please be picnic area improvements. respectful of fishermen. No swimAkron) Parking is available on the east ming is allowed in the pond, and end of the pond, away from the any overnight stays require a pernewly planted grass, and the town do at Denver graduate students on mit from the Akron Town Hall. recreational development options is installing portable restroom Town officials urge people to use for that area. Additions such as facilities around the pond. caution walking on the riprap used picnicking opportunities, outdoor Signage with rules is posted at to protect the shoreline. Some recreation like horseshoe pits and the pond. Individuals are encourdoes have exposed rebar, so entera natural play area for youth are on aged to familiarize themselves ing the water from anywhere other the goal list to complete by the with them to ensure the pond than the entry points is discourend of the year. stays in good condition. Road aged. Last October, Colorado Parks access has been shut off to the The project has been a long time west side of the pond (old area) for and Wildlife stocked 48 redear in the making, and dreams and sunfish, collected from another the time being, but it is still availvisions are finally a reality. The able to foot traffic and open to hike body of water in northeastern Col- Town of Akron invites everyone to orado, to establish a feeding base around. The town is currently the pond to begin making memories to last a lifetime. working with University of Colora- for future fish. As fish become EXPLORE 2021 • MAY 21, 2021 • 9

Washington County • Akron, Otis

Explore historic Fremont Butte

You’ll need permission in advance; the butte is on private land By Brittany Anas


ack in the late 1940s, small country schools would celebrate the end of the school year with a picnic at Fremont Butte, recalls Jim Brandon, who grew up in Akron. He first learned Fremont Butte, located 7 miles northwest of Akron on privately-owned land, about the historic butte when he draws stargazers, hikers, photographers and even families celebrating spewas young; but unfortunately the cial events. (Mack Hitch / plants-animals-northeast-colorado.com) day his school was scheduled to go, there was a rainstorm that can- Brandon, who is a former Colora“We want the community to be celled the picnic. able to enjoy it,” Brandon says. do state senator, purchased the site. While the butte is on private About 50 years later, Fremont Should you plan on visiting, land, it’s open to the public for hik- though, you will need to plan Butte — which is 7 miles northing and exploring. west of Akron — was for sale. ahead: Prior permission is


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Over the years, people have enjoyed Fremont Butte in a number of ways, from Easter sunrise church services to a family that visits each Christmas and flies kites. Stargazers have come to enjoy the dark skies and clear views of the Milky Way, and Fremont Butte is also a draw for photographers. A short trail on the south side of the butte leads you to the top. Sightseers also like to check out what looks like a chair formation that’s 1/4 mile northwest of the butte, Brandon says. Among the creatures that call the butte home are rattlesnakes, elk, antelope, deer, coyotes, badgers, porcupines and more. There’s also 19 species of grass that grows in the area, Brandon says. The area is rich in history and legends, as well. About 20 years ago, archaeologists from Colorado State University surveyed the area and discovered a piece of pottery estimated to be 2,000 years old,

A formation located northwest of Fremont Butte is reminiscent of a chair, according to property owner Jim Brandon. (Mack Hitch / plants-animals-northeast-colorado.com)

Brandon says. Also, according to a 1974 publication “Colorado Prairie Tales” by Hildred Walters that’s referenced in a historical column in The Denver Post, legend has it that in the mid-1800s, a group of men escaped Cheyenne or Arapaho Indians, and they took refuge on the butte. It’s possible the men were soldiers on a scouting expedition and were accompanied by Pawnee Indian guides. After taking refuge on the butte, they were trapped there and shot at the natives who tried to scale the butte. Interestingly, the Fremont Butte area was hit by a meteorite. In 1963, a meteorite that weighed 6.6 kilograms, or 14.5 pounds, was found near the butte. The discovery of the meteorite came to the attention of scientists after a practical joke. W.R. Barton, who was working in the yard of his farm, stumbled upon what he thought to be an ugly, rusty-colored rock. To play a joke on his wife, he placed the stone in her rock garden. Mrs. Barton noticed the rock and believed it to look like the meteorites that she had seen featured in newspapers, so she mailed off a sample to scientists for confirmation. Suffice it to say, Fremont Butte is a treasure for history buffs and hikers, as well as astronomy enthusiasts and nature lovers.

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Explore Washington County and these events Tumbleweed 4-H Hog, Lamb, Goat Event June 4-6

Akron Cruise Night & Movie in the Park

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Akron Town Wide Garage Sale

Sorting Event October 2-3 Akron Alumni Weekend October 22-24 Craft Fair at Washington County Event Center November 5-6

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8th Annual Akron Car Show June 26

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Logan County • Crook, Fleming, Illiff, Merino, Peetz, Sterling

Explore rich western history on a new ‘Talking Trail’

There are 31 stops on the Talking Trail, including landmarks and public art pieces By Brittany Anas


arved from 30,000 pounds of marble, renowned artist Bradford Rhea’s Exordium sculpture depicting angels is an immaculate piece of artwork. Now, those marveling at the sculpture can learn fascinating context about Rhea’s artistic process thanks to the new Logan County Talking Trail that makes landmarks and artwork more personable. The Talking Trail, which is accessed with a free downloadable app, allows residents and visitors alike to tour Logan County at their own pace and hear interesting narratives about the area’s buildings, landmarks, points of interest and public art pieces. So far, there are 31 talking points throughout the county, including the Logan County Courthouse, the Union Pacific Depot and a historic jail cell. “The Talking Trail captures our rich Western history,” says Glenna Phelps-Aurich, executive director of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. Making stops along the Talking Trail, she says, is an ideal socially distanced activity for visitors who are in town exploring the area’s shops and restaurants. Many of Rhea’s sculptures are featured on the Talking Trail as the famed artist launched his sculpting career on Colorado’s high plains, giving new life to dying cottonwood tree trunks that he carved into whimsical creatures and heavenly angels. His work earned Sterling the nick-

The historic Logan County Courthouse in downtown Sterling is one of over two dozen points of interest on the Logan County Talking Trail. (Sara Waite/Journal-Advocate)

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name “City of Living Trees.” Rhea’s Skygrazers sculpture — a bronzed elm tree with giraffes — in Sterling’s Columbine Park is a favorite photo stop. As a sculptor, Rhea worked with not just trees but also clay, wax and bronze. The Exordium sculpture was his first marble piece. Those who tune into the Talking Trail to hear about the sculpture

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will learn some lesser-known facts, like how Rhea found the marble block at a Glenwood Springs quarry and that he was in the habit of listening to classical music as he chiseled away at his sculptures. As part of his process, Rhea starts working on his pieces from the top. It took him five years to complete the Exordium sculpture, which depicts seven angels and is inspired by Revelation 8:6 about the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared to sound. Other interesting facts visitors will glean from the Logan County Talking Trail include how the Logan County Courthouse was built in 1908 for $100,000 and how the Union Pacific Depot was visited by former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover.

Exordium, renowned Merino artist Bradford Rhea's first marble sculpture, is made from a 30,000 pound block of marble from a quarry in Glenwood Springs. (Photo courtesy of Logan County Chamber of Commerce)

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Logan County • Crook, Fleming, Illiff, Merino, Peetz, Sterling

Shooting Sports Complex a don’t-miss attraction

Open shooting is allowed on a variety of range types


hooting enthusiasts of all kinds visiting Logan County will want to set their sights on the Logan County Shooting Sports Complex. The complex, located at 12515 Highway 6 on the east side of Interstate 76 at the entrance to Sterling, opened in 2016. The volunteer-run facility is open from 7 a.m. to sunset, except during special events. The complex includes trapshooting, archery and rifle/pistol ranges that include both 1,000-yard and

The Logan County Shooting Sports Complex is open when the gates are open. (Courtesy photo via Facebook)

600-yard ranges, as well as shorter yardage ranges with shooting benches. A club house is also present on the site. Shooters need to bring their own targets and clean up after themselves. Rules are

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posted on the complex’s website, www.colorado.gov/pacific/lcssc. The complex is a work in progress and is not staffed. Recent improvements include the construction of skeet houses and completion of a grant-funded sunshade at the archery range. Updates on developments can be found on the Logan County Shooting Sports Complex Facebook page Logan County’s shooting sports complex is the result of many years of work by a group of local citizens interested in having a public shooting range in this area. It is located on an almost 400-acre site. In 2014, Logan County purchased 270 acres of land for the range and in 2016 an additional 46

acres of land was purchased from the State Board of Land Commissioners, to tie together approximately 100 acres of city of Sterling property and the 270 acres the county previously purchased. Construction of the shooting sports complex has been funded in part by grants from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. While the complex is a public use facility, there is a small daily fee to use it and memberships are available to help sustain the facility. Open shooting is allowed whenever the range is open. The complex hosts events in the various disciplines as well as seasonal leagues and high school clay target teams.


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A participant takes aim at the targets on the rifle range during a 2020 competition at the Logan County Shooting Sports Complex. (Sara Waite/Journal-Advocate)

Logan County • Crook, Fleming, Illiff, Merino, Peetz, Sterling

Explore stories of early settlers The Overland Trail Museum’s gold panning “creek” is a popular attraction during the warm months. (Sara Waite/ Journal-Advocate)

A covered wagon similar to those used by pioneers who traveled the Overland Trail is on display inside Overland Trail Museum's High Plains Education Center. (Callie Jones/ Journal-Advocate)

Museum preserves the history of the Overland Trail


he Overland Trail Museum has grown significantly since it began in 1936 as a project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Additions to the original stone building have transformed the museum into a showcase of natural history, natives and settlers. What hasn’t changed is the museum’s mission: to preserve and share the rich history of the Overland Trail and the heritage of the early settlers who traveled it. “Items we have here were items the first settlers brought with them and items donated by their families,” said museum curator Kay Rich. The museum is home to a oneof-a-kind Rural Electrification of America exhibit in the Dave Hamil building, which also houses special temporary exhibits highlighting artifacts from the museum’s collection. The museum has also acquired over the years a collection of area historic buildings — some of them originals, some reproductions — that form a “village” in the museum courtyard, including

a church, one-room school and country store. The area’s agricultural heritage is reflected in the Karg Barn and displays of antique farm equipment, and the community’s connection to the railroad is evident with the restored ATSF caboose and boxcar depot. The High Plains Education Center, dedicated in the fall of 2011, features interactive exhibits on the people, geography and industries found in the area. The building also includes a large meeting room that can be rented for pri-

vate functions and classroom space for children’s programs. The newest addition, the Print Shop and Media Center, will be dedicated in the summer of 2021. It houses an Intertype machine and antique printing press, among other things, and includes historical images and front pages from local newspapers going back nearly a century. The museum hosts programs for all ages throughout the year, including monthly Family Fun Saturdays on the first Saturday of

the month, children’s holiday programs, History Cafe for adults, and Christmas open houses in December. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday during its summer season, April 1 to Oct. 31, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday from Nov. 1 to March 31. It is closed on holidays. For more information, call 970522-3895, or visit the Overland Trail Museum Facebook page.

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Logan County • Crook, Fleming, Illiff, Merino, Peetz, Sterling

A space for outdoor adventures Fun to be had in every season at North Sterling State Park


ooking for a place to get away for some outdoor fun and relaxation? Look no further than North Sterling State Park (http://bit.ly/2Jz4onU), located just a short drive from Sterling in Logan County. The 3,000-acre irrigation reservoir boasts two boat ramps for those wanting to enjoy a day on the water. Explore the great coves and fingers of the lake, take in the wildlife and geographical formations, find a shady spot for a picnic or cast a line into the warm-water fishery. North Sterling is open to fishing year round, featuring walleye, crappie, perch, bass, bluegill, trout, catfish, tiger muskie, wiper and northern pike. Please refer to the Colorado Fishing Regulations published annually by Colorado Parks and Wildlife for a complete listing of size restrictions and possession limits. PJ Marina, located by the Visitor Center, is accessible from the north entrance or by water. The marina is open weekend hours through Labor Day, contingent upon water levels, with extended holiday hours. They offer seasonal and daily boat slip rentals, firewood, fuel and bait, as well as the supplies you’ll need to enjoy your campsite. Natural surface trails offer miles of options for those on foot, bike or horseback. For archery enthusiasts, an 11-station range boasts 18 targets, including three sight-in targets, at 20, 30 and 40 yards for field tips or target tips only. The park also offers a designated stargazing area near the campgrounds on the south side, where you can enjoy the wonders of the night sky away from pesky night pollution. Prairie wildlife is abundant in

Jeff Durbin and daughter Hailey on the 24-foot pontoon boat available through their business, North Sterling Boat Charter and Rental at North Sterling State Park. (Sara Waite/Journal-Advocate)

the park, on the ground and in the air. Land-based animals of all sizes and species call the park home, from prairie dogs to coyotes, badgers, deer and antelope. Birdwatchers will enjoy sighting a wide variety of raptors, including golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and American kestrels, among other types of birds. A complete Bird Species List can be found on the park website or at the Visitor Center, and guided bird walks can be arranged by calling 970-5223657. Hunting is carefully managed and permitted during established seasons from the first Tuesday after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day. Hunting area maps are available at the Sterling Visitor Center and south entrance brochure kiosk. The park boasts three campgrounds with a total of 141 campsites. It can accommodate the larg-

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North Sterling State Park offers miles of trails where hikers, bikers and horseback riders can enjoy the natural landscape. (Journal-Advocate file photo)

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Festival a sweet celebration

Sugar Beet Days vendors fill downtown square with wares of all kinds


hen it comes to fall festivals in Colorado, Sugar Beet Days in Logan County is hard to “beet.” The annual arts and crafts festival traditionally draws creative crafters, fun food vendors and multifarious music entertainers from around the region. This September hundreds of colorful tents will line the sidewalks surrounding the historic Logan County Courthouse in Sterling, where vendors will open shop in the shadow of the fully renovated courthouse built in 1910. The iconic courthouse serves as a fitting place for the community festival dedicated to remembering the annual sugar beet harvest in rural northeastern Colorado. Over the years, the agricultural celebration established in 1981 has evolved into a two-day community and regional fair with art displays, children’s activities,

A crowd browses the booths set up on the Logan County Courthouse Square in downtown Sterling during the 2020 Sugar Beet Days. (Sara Waite/Journal-Advocate)

homemade crafts, food vendors and an authentic farmer’s market, musical entertainment and activities for children of all ages. Sugar Beet Days attendees can shop at more than 100 craft vendor booths, enjoy a meal or a treat from over a dozen different food vendors and listen to live musical entertainment on the main stage at the courthouse gazebo. Avid shoppers attending Sugar

Beet Days will find tents filled with clothing, jewelry, sports fan apparel, lawn decorations, furniture, hats, sunglasses, novelty items and gifts for every occasion. And while the festival at the courthouse is the main attraction, its prime location allows for easy access to a revitalized downtown area where visitors can browse retail stores, eat at three dine-in restaurants, catch a movie at the

A metal flower sculpture for sale at the 2020 Sugar Beet Days, just one example of the countless unique items you'll find. (Sara Waite/Journal-Advocate)

theatre or try out craft beer at the first craft brewery in the region. With so much to do at Sugar Beet Days, visitors will want to plan ahead and book a room for a night or two. This year’s Sugar Beet Days celebration is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19. Stay up-to-date by visiting sugarbeetdays.com.


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Lighthouse Baptist Church Pastor Justin Steimer 480 Logan St., Sterling, CO 970-522-7226 Sunday School 9:50 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Evening Service 6 p.m.

Prince of Peace Episcopal Church Fr. Steven Hagerman 201 Phelps., Sterling, CO 970-522-0539 Worship times on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month at 9 a.m. Worship time on the 4th Saturday of the month at 4:30pm

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United Church of Crook Pastor Dale Pierce Corner of Hwy 138 and CO 55, Crook, CO 970-886-3151 Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Life groups regionally throughout the week.

Faith United Methodist Church Pastor Jodie Harless 230 Williams Pl, Sterling, CO 970-522-0140 Worship 9 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School during worship Bible studies available during the week


First Presbyterian Church Rev. Michelle D. Witherspoon 130 S. Fourth St., Sterling, CO 970-522-2708 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

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Emmanuel Baptist Church Pastor Sean Cole 300 Ballpark Rd., Sterling, CO 970-522-1440 Sunday Worship 10:15 a.m. Wed. Night Activities 6:30 -8 p.m. (Sept. – May)

Logan County • Crook, Fleming, Illiff, Merino, Peetz, Sterling

Sterling where it’s at for rodeos

Logan County Fair week boasts four rodeo events

tie-down, breakaway, ribbon and team roping and barrel racing. In the afternoon is an open team-roping competition that sees hundreds of teams competing.


The PBR comes to town that week with an evening of bull riding, and the next day sees the 4-H/FFA Junior Rodeo, with youngsters riding and roping in some of the hottest competition.

f ropin’ and ridin’ are a couple of your favorite things, there are plenty of both during the summer in northeast Colorado. Many counties in the area hold a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeo during their county fairs. The hotspot for rodeo, however, is Sterling with no fewer than four rodeos scheduled during the Logan County Fair alone. In addition, the International Feedlot Cowboys Association will hold its team roping and barrel racing finals in Sterling for the fifth consecutive year in 2021. The IFCA is comprised of men

The last two days of the week are reserved for the pros when the Dick Stull Memorial PRCA Rodeo attracts pro rodeo athletes from all over the country. It’s a one goround rodeo split into two perforA bulldogger makes his move during a rodeo event at the Logan County Fair- mances and features saddle bronc and bareback bronc riding, tiegrounds in Sterling. (Jeff Rice/Journal-Advocate) down roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling and bull riding. and women involved in the cattle ling. The week of the county fair feeding business, a big part of Col- starts with two ropings in one day. So if rodeo is your sport, Sterorado agricultural economy. In the morning is the Jim Mason ling is the place to be and summer Memorial Roping, which includes is the time to be here. Fair time is rodeo time in Ster-

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Spend a day in Logan County Golf courses Tee off at one of Logan County’s three golf courses. Sky Ranch Golf Course, located at 17408 Highway 14 on the west side of Sterling, recently got a new name but is one of the five oldest courses in Colorado. Riverview Golf Course, just off I-76 on County Road 370, offers a relaxed golf experience with the option of professional instruction. For a shorter game, head east on Highway 6 to the 9-hole F&H Golf Course on the sandhills between Fleming and Haxtun, at 43355 County Road 30.

Sterling Recreation Center The Sterling Recreation Center’s outdoor pool is reopening this year after being closed through the 2020 season due to COVID. The complex, which opened in 2006, was refurbished during the closure, giving its four water slides and water features a like-new look and the pool bottom a new surface. Other amenities include a volleyball net and basketball hoops in the larger of the two pools and a small wading pool for the youngest splashers. Inside the center, you’ll find an indoor pool with a diving board, updated fitness equipment and courts for basketball, walleyball, and racquetball or pickleball. A day pass provides access to all the amenities, and there are also punch cards and annual memberships for those planning long-term use. For information, call 970-5227882.

Sterling City Parks

Sterling boasts a plethora of parks that provide all the amenities you could ask for. On the west side of the city is Pioneer Park, which offers two playgrounds, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a disc golf course, a nationally-recognized softball complex and over a mile of trails. Park space on the east side of Sterling includes the

Families go for a splash in the outdoor pool at the Sterling Recreation Center in the summer of 2019. (Sara Waite/ Journal-Advocate)

Overland Trail Recreation Area, home to the Kiwanis Fishing Pond, as well as the city’s river bottom property on the South Platte, where new trails are being developed. Columbine Park, on the south end of Sterling, offers plenty of open grass along with a playground, pavilions, a concrete walking path, veterans memorial and various pieces of public art. In between these parks are over a half dozen neighborhood parks with various features, as well as other city-owned open spaces that offer a place to get outside and enjoy fresh air and sunshine.

Prewitt Reservoir The Prewitt Reservoir State Wildlife Area offers year-round recreation on the border of Logan and Washington counties. The reservoir itself is around 2,400 acrefeet when full, and is open to wake-

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Pioneer Park's 1.4 miles of trails includes natural paths through the woods. (Sara Waite/Journal-Advocate)

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Kit Carson County • Burlington, Flagler, Seibert, Stratton

Take a step back in time at Burlington’s Old Town

Complex features 21 restored historic buildings


hile in Kit Carson County, a stop in Burlington at the Old Town Museum is a must. This sprawling museum is set on six and a half acres and is a wonderful gateway to the past. Take the walking tour through the complex that includes 21 fully restored buildings containing some 25,000 artifacts. The big red barn, a landmark that can be seen from I-70, was built in 1937. It was moved from its original home of Kanorado, Kan. in one piece in 1986, and was actually the beginning of what would become Old Town. Other buildings that were moved in from around the community include the depot, which also happens to be the oldest building. It originally constructed in 1889 in Bethune, and was used by the Rock Island Railroad until the early 1940s. The church was built in 1921 in Armel through kindness and community effort. An interesting architectural feature of the church is the sloping floor that is immediately noticed upon stepping inside. This was a purposeful design of the time to allow people in the back to see the minister. The Boese House, built in 1915 originates from south of Vona. It would have been considered a mansion of its time with its six bedrooms and running water. The upstairs sewing room has the original wallpaper and curtains; over 100 years old. The Harmony School House was built in 1911 near Cope and

An exhibit in the Old Town Museum in Burlington celebrates the first people to inhabit the plains. (Courtney Cisneros/Burlington Record)

Visitors to Burlington can take a trip to the past at the Old Town Museum, which is filled with history and memorabilia of what the area was once like many years ago. (Burlington Record photo)

housed grades 1-8. You can view a school desk inside that, although not original to the schoolhouse, was dated 1889. This is just a small sampling of what you will find in this immer-

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sive self-guided tour. A touching tribute to local veterans past and present awaits you as do special interactive exhibits for the children that offer unique opportunities to learn about early pioneer

life on the plains of Colorado. Visiting different times of the year offers different activities. Bring the kids during the fall and enjoy Old Town Ghost Town, where the young are treated to trick-or-treating up and down the streets of Old Town. Or, if you’re a bit more daring, enter the barn, which has been turned into a haunted barn for a scarily delightful time. Winter brings on Winter Wonderlights, a beautiful time to enjoy Old Town as the streets are lit up with thousands upon thousands of Christmas lights, as well as fun activities for the kids. But summer takes the cake. Summer brings Old Town to life. Memorial Day through Labor Day you can experience the “High Noon” can-can shows, live gunfights in the saloon (Saturdays) and enjoy an ice-cream treat inside the Emporium. So pull over your RV (there’s plenty of room for parking), your Prius, or whatever vehicle brought you to town and enjoy an immersive interactive journey back in time.

Kit Carson County • Burlington, Flagler, Seibert, Stratton

The Carousel is reopening!

Generations have enjoyed rides on the historic attraction


here simply is no such thing as being too old to enjoy a carousel. Whether it’s a child screaming with glee, a parent standing next to them, or a grandparent appreciating vicariously as they absorb all of that joy, carousels bring out happiness, plain and simple. Just try having a bad time with a carousel. You can’t. And now, after having been closed for more than a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kit Carson County Carousel at the fairgrounds in Burlington is once again open to the public. See CAROUSEL, pg. 24 The Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington costs just a quarter to ride. (Courtesy photo)

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CAROUSEL from page 23

Beginning Memorial Day weekend and going through Labor Day, folks can once again plunk down a quarter and ride one of the oldest carousels in the United States. Cost of admission for the accompanying Carousel Museum is just $1. “It was so sad to have it closed. The hardest part was not doing Carousel Christmas,” stated Jo Downey, who handles public relations for the carousel committee. “The last time it closed was in the 1930s (1931-38) because of the Depression.” The KCC Carousel is the sixth of 74 carousels manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC) between 1904 and 1933 (this one was built in 1905). It is a three-row, stationary (the animals do not move up and down) machine. It is also the only antique carousel in America that still has original paint on both the scenery panels and the animals. And, it is the only surviving menagerie from that group, meaning it has other animals in addition to horses, 46 hand-carved animals in all. Intricate carvings range from cupids to a wooden medallion with a sculpture of an Arab sheik. Four chariots are also among the rides on the carousel. “It’s a memory machine,” Downey commented. “You walk in there and it’s like it was when it was first built. It’s as much an adult ride as it is a kid’s ride.” The drive machinery and the center of the carousel are enclosed by 45 oil paintings representing subject matter ranging from fulllength portraits to landscapes. The styles range from post-impressionalist to realist, depicting lifestyles of the Victorian middle class. From 1905-1928 the carousel was at Elitch Gardens amusement park in Denver. Then, when the park closed, the carousel and a band organ was sold to Kit Carson County for $1,200, including delivery. While the county commissioners at the time were criticized for making such an elaborate purchase, even to the point where it eventually cost all three their jobs, suffice to say their decision was one that has greatly benefited the

area for many years. The band organ provides music that helps elicit smiles. It includes marches, polkas, and even plays “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” which people often sing along with. “A carousel without music has no soul,” Downey said. While historic itself — it is, in fact, a National Historic Site, designated as such in 1979, later becoming a National Landmark in 1987 — the carousel has seen so much history on its own. It was a part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration in 1976 when the Wurlitzer Monster Military band organ was restored as the county’s bicentennial project. It contains 255 pipes, bass and snare drums, and a cymbal, played by Style 155 music rolls. The leaded glass windows on the front may be opened or closed to control the volume. Only three Monster organs are known to exist today, of which Kit Carson County’s is the most complete. Wurlitzer built this Monster organ in 1909, and the organ plays today just as it did then. In 1981 a midwestern theft ring specializing in antiques entered the carousel building during a heavy rainstorm and removed three small horses and a donkey. However, the stolen animals were recovered a few months later in a warehouse in Salina, Kansas. Upon their return, a “welcome home” parade was held in Burlington on Oct. 31, 1981. And yes, the carousel’s alarm system was substantially upgrad-

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The Kit Carson County Carousel Museum educates visitors about the history behind the attraction. (Courtesy photo)

ed. The Carousel Museum opened in 2007 and houses exhibits interpreting the carousel. It is designed to educate, entertain and take the visitor back to a time at the turn of the 20th Century when carousels were king. The accompanying gift shop is unique in itself as every item is custom to the carousel, including a new T-shirt every year with a design unique to that season. There are also custom coffee mugs, coffee table books, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, and even miniature animals replicating those on the carousel. While the carousel’s operation dates and times (11 a.m.-6 p.m., expanded to 8 p.m. during fair and rodeo week in late July) are sea-

sonal, Carousel Christmas is something special every year. Sure, the temperature can drop to single digits, but there’s nonetheless a feeling of warmth in the air as Santa entertains kids and their families riding on a frigid winter night. And sure, Downey said the cost to ride could be raised, but that’s part of the nostalgia. “We had a lady give us a $500 donation just because she was so impressed with the 25 cents fare,” Downey exclaimed. “It’s like stepping back in time, it’s so original, and we want to keep everything, including the price to ride, just like that (though it was originally a nickel). “Kids we give rides to now, we gave rides to their grandparents.”

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Fair and rodeo a lineup of fun

Rodeo events, carousel rides, live concerts, cookouts and more fill up the week

Then, on July 31, a Saturday, a slate of big events are scheduled. To fuel up for an action-packed evening, the Knights of Columbus and Kit Carson County meat producers have an afternoon cookoff serving burgers, steaks, brisket and more. The rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. and is followed by a concert. This year, the fair has booked By Brittany Anas Sawyer Brown, an American country music band. ot many places can claim to Wall said his goal has been to have an award-winning bring more people into the combullfighter heading up munity for the fair, and the way to their annual fair and rodeo. But in do that is with entertainment, Kit Carson County, Cory Wall — a including a top-notch rodeo and county commissioner and the 2009 Competitors come from all over to participate in the rodeo at the Kit Carson concerts for families to enjoy. PRCA Bullfighter of the Year — County Fairgrounds. (Courtney Cisneros/Burlington Record photo) The strategy is working: Over organizes the marquee event the past dozen years or so, fan that’s entering its 104th year this attendance to the rodeo has triCounty Fairgrounds in Burlington, year veteran of bullfighting who summer. pled, and the Kit Carson County featuring rodeo events, 4-H shows, grew up coming to the fair each The 2021 Kit Carson County Fair Fair and Rodeo has become a live music, cookouts and more. summer. “It promotes the agriculand Pro Rodeo will be held from mini-vacation destination, drawing “This is a very historic event in tural way of life and gives back to July 26-July 31 at the Kit Carson families from around Colorado as our community,” stated Wall, a 20- the youth.” well as surrounding states to take Several 4-H events take place part in the fun. throughout the week, including In addition to the bull riding tralivestock sales, as well as goat, swine, and beef shows. On July 29, ditions, there’s some tame rides, too. For a quarter, you can take a there’s a free afternoon barbecue spin on the historic carousel. Nearthat, in past years, has fed more ly 2,500 wooden carousels were than 4,000 people. carved in America between 1885 The Rodeo and Bullfighters Only Bullfight on July 30 will bring and the 1930s, but fewer than 150 remain today. The fairgrounds in in three professional bullfighters Burlington is home to one of the who are competing for a $5,000 carefully preserved carousels. grand prize.


Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital is a 19 bed Critical Access Hospital with an active Swing Bed program as well as acute care, obstetrics and a 24 hour Emergency Room, classified as a Trauma Level IV Facility. We are open 24 hours a day for Emergency Room care. Visitors are welcomed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. After 6 p.m. visitors are required to enter the facility through the Emergency Room. Restricting entrance to the emergency room ensures the safety of our patients and employees. Our emergency room, however, is always open for emergencies.

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Youth livestock competition is a big part of the annual Kit Carson County Fair. (Joyce Lightle/Burlington Record)

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Kit Carson County • Burlington, Flagler, Seibert, Stratton

Spend a day in Kit Carson County

Midway Theater

Downtown Burlington features the Midway Theater, not just any movie theater. Since 1916, with the exception of a span from 2012-16, it has been providing first-run movies to folks in the area. The theater closed for a few years when owners decided not to upgrade equipment, but in 2015 Our Hometown Charitable Organization was organized as a nonprofit and a renovation took place and it reopened a year later. Not in the mood for a movie? Stop by their snack bar, which has a window on the street side for folks to grab some popcorn, a snack or a soda as they walk around downtown.

All Veterans Monument

If you spot the helicopter in Burlington, underneath you will find a tribute to local veterans in the area A tribute to local veterans is easy to spot under the helicopter outside The Post Bar and Grill. (Joyce Lightle/Burlat The Post Bar and Grill. The All Veterans Monument was construct- ington Record) ed to recognize all veterans who you into this beautifully appointed 1909 as a hotel, the building later have served in the Armed Forces of and individually themed 10-bedbecame a hospital, and is now home the United States of America. Any room (plus private bath) country to the town hall and library. The veteran, regardless of branch of serinn. The owner, chef and wearer of building’s past is celebrated on the vice, combat status or residence is many hats, Dave Dischner dreamt second floor with medical memorahonored there. The monument was up this beauty and brought it into bilia and interpretive signs, along constructed by the VFW Post 6491 fruition 25 years ago as a way to with a replica of a hotel room. in 2002 by all volunteer workers. provide travelers with a nicer stay Author Hal Borland moved to FlaSouth Republican State than just a roadside motel. In the gler at the age of 15 when his father years since, it has become a destina- became publisher of the newspaper. Wildlife Area tion for people wanting to escape Tucked away off U.S. Hwy. 385 Second Central School the city and just take time to enjoy between Burlington and Idalia is The Second Central School Muselife. You will wake up to the smell of great place for wildlife and bird um in Flagler offers an opportunity fresh baked croissants and arguably watchers and avid hunters, the Take a step back into a bygone era to inspect a country schoolhouse the best French toast of your life. South Republican State Wildlife at the I-70 Diner in Flagler. (Burlingand see a number of historic items. The pampering includes tasting Area. The SWA is open year-round ton Record photo) some of the 65 different varieties of The building retains its old school and covers most of the area below feel, thanks to authentic desks, a wine crafted on site and enjoying a the dam at Bonny. There is more drinking water crock, a chalkboard offers deer and small game hunting. four-course dinner prepared by wildlife there than at many other Species include deer, turkey, waterand other artifacts salvaged from Chef Dischner and his delightful plains reservoirs and river bottoms. staff. However, if relaxation isn’t all other rural schools in the area. Habitat varies from yucca grassland fowl, dove, pheasant, quail, rabbit and squirrel. If you want to plug you are looking for, be sure to time and large hedgerows to lowland The South Republican State Wildlife your stay to take in one of the mur- I-70 Diner riparian. If you are a birdwatcher, And while in the area, stop and Area into your GPS, the address is der mysteries, cooking classes, it’s a good spot for northern cardigrab a bite at the I-70 Diner in Fla30010 County Rd 3, Idalia, Coloraescape rooms or paint and taste nals, sparrows during the winter, gler. Not only is the food fantastic, events looking to pick back up this owls, eastern screech-owl, wild tur- do. the atmosphere is reminiscent of year. key, northern bobwhite and Claremont Inn and Winery stepping back into the days of poomigrants, not to mention whiteFlagler Hospital Museum Unwind and pamper yourself at dle skirts for girls and slicked back tailed deer. There isn’t boating or the Claremont Inn and Winery in The town of Flagler features the hairdos for boys. You’ll swear you fishing since the lake has been Stratton. Let the smell of fresh Flagler Hospital Museum and Hal walked into a scene from “Back to drained, but the 13,000 acre area baked cookies and bread welcome Borland Room. Originally built in the Future.” 28 • MAY 21, 2021 • EXPLORE 2021


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The annual Cruise Night in August showcases many vintage and classic cars as they cruise through the streets in Julesburg. (Photo courtesy Hippodrome Arts Centre)

Explore Eastern Colorado! Full concentration is in order at the Showdown on the Plains cattle show held at the Bank of Colorado Pavilion at the Phillips County Fairgrounds in Holyoke Jan. 30-31. (Photo by The Holyoke Enterprise)

The young and young-atheart enjoy a ride on the Wagner Carnival carousel at the 2019 Logan County Fair. (Sara Waite/Journal-Advocate)

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Explore Northeast Colorado

Golf getaways a great escape 9-hole courses dot the Eastern Plains


mong the many things to explore across the Colorado Plains are its many golf courses. After all, few things match the feeling of escaping from the rest of the world into the challenge and serenity of a nice golf course. And there are plenty of wonderful courses to take in during a getaway. Don’t have a lot of time? There are numerous other things you want to do as well, and the family beckons a visit to the next museum or legendary food joint. Not to worry. The Plains specializes in nine-hole golf courses, so you can get your golf fix in and still have plenty of time for a day of, well, exploring the many other places on your list. While most every course across The Tamarack Golf Club in Limon, designed by Henry Hughes, is a nine-hole course but can be played as 18 holes the Plains is worthy of playing, using two different sets of tee boxes. (Rick Mauch/Burlington Record) here are a few of the more notable public courses to schedule a day sand include two in front of the trip around: greens on the par-4 sixth and par-5 ninth. This is one of many Brush Municipal Golf places on the course where it pays Course at Petteys Park greatly to hit it straight. There’s a reason the city of There aren’t a lot of trees, so be Brush bills its public golf course sure and bring sunscreen. Also, as the best on the Northeast that doesn’t mean a shot in the Plains. This deceptive par-36 ninerough won’t force you to pay a hole course appears like an easy price. play, but there are challenges The course also has some of the that, if the golfer is not aware of, nicest carts to be found. You can will bump up the score in a hurry. even charge your cell phone while The course, designed by Frank you play in the convenient outlet Hummel, opened in 1971 as the available on each cart. Bunker Hill Country Club. The accompanying restaurant Though the name is different, overlooks the course for a specthousands of golfers have played tacular view. the course, and will make the The course is located at 2301 journey to enjoy the lush fairways West Mill St. in Brush. Contact Miss the fairway at Holyoke Golf Club and you'll pay a severe price due to and immaculate greens. 970-842-5470, or visit www.petteyHummel designed many cours- the trees that ring the course. (Rick Mauch/Burlington Record) sparkgolf. es throughout the western range, lateral water hazards, or it is most in Colorado, but also includ- ninth hole. The shortest is the Holyoke Golf Club 158-yard (141 for ladies), par-3 deemed not possible — or at least ing Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming Of course, hitting it straight is a eighth hole. impractical — to play from behind necessity for success in golf on and Montfana. Water hazards exist on holes 1,2 the hazard. The longest hole is the par-5, any course. Not all of us can be and 9. They are to be played as Strategically placed bunkers of 530-yard (500 yards for ladies) See GOLF, pg. 33 32 • MAY 21, 2021 • EXPLORE 2021

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Seve Ballesteros and manage to shoot under par despite missing 14 of 18 fairways. At the HGC, however, there are severe prices to pay for veering off the fairway, with a plethora of trees under which it can be a challenge to play from. And what beautiful fairways they are. Likewise for the greens, which are a bit smaller than greens you might find on other courses, so accuracy on approach shots is a must. Water hazards exist on the first three holes, including at approximately the midpoint of the fairway on Nos. 2 and 3, so careful play with drives and tee shots is important. On the ninth hole, the water hazard directly in front of the green adds a challenge, along with the uphill slope just beyond. The longest hole on the course is the 550-yard (447 for ladies) par-5 fourth hole. The shortest is the 132-yard (127 for ladies) par-3 third hole. There are three other holes that measure more than 500 yards for the men. The course is located at 415 E. Carnahan St. just off of downtown Holyoke. Contact 970-854-3200.

Tamarack Golf Club, Limon

Henry Hughes, known for designing such renowned golf courses as the Kennedy Center in Aurora and the Columbine Country Club, also designed this little jewel on the Plains that opened in the late 1960s. Tamarack is interesting in that, while a nine-hole course, it has a format for being an 18-hole course. Sure, you’re playing the same fairways and greens on the second time around (the back nine), but with completely separate tee boxes. In some cases a par-4 will become a par-3, or a par-5. While there are no water hazards on the holes themselves, per se, a pond located next to holes 1 and 2 can be a challenge, particularly with an errant drive on the first hole. Another pond between holes 3 and 4 offers the same difficulty. Both play as lateral hazards. It is a cool sight to see the

Don't be fooled by the easy appearance of the par-36 Brush Municipal Golf Course, as the nine holes have plenty of hidden challenges. (Rick Mauch/Burlington Record)

geese making themselves at home on both ponds. They will wander all around, clearly not bothered by the folks hitting golf balls all around them. Because of the bluegrass turf on the course, carts are limited to paths only, so along with hitting the ball, there’s plenty of walking exercise as well. The longest hole on the course is the 501-yard (425 for ladies) par-5 third hole. The shortest is the 109-yard (101 for ladies) par-3 11th. The clubhouse features a large banquet room. The course is located at 50771 Hwy. 71 in Limon. Contact 719775-9461 or visit www.tamarackcc.com.

Prairie Pines Golf Course, Burlington

Though one of the shorter ninehole courses, don’t be fooled. It takes an accurate and straight hitter to master this course that has been a challenge to golfers since its opening 50 years ago in 1971. The greens are exquisite. It would be a challenge to find better kept greens on just about any

Also worth the visit:

Stratton Golf Course, Stratton — Shorter than most nine-hole courses with a total distance of just over 2,600 yards with a par of 34. There are no rental carts, but the course is short enough to enjoy a good walk. First and Wyoming, Stratton. Mossland Memorial Golf Course, Flagler — Much like its counterpart up the road in Limon, this course is a great place for folks coming from both directions on I-70 to meet. Make sure you have lots of water to stay hydrated as there is very little shade. The greens are in great shape. Afterwards, visit the I-70 Diner across the bridge for a trip back to the 50s and some great food. 16820 County Rd. 5, Flagler. Contact 719765-4659. Hugo Golf Course — Opened in 1960, it is one of the oldest nine-hole courses around. Also, there are no cart rentals, but at the unbelievably low price of $5 to play, it’s well worth walking and getting the extra exercise. 44161 County Hwy. 109, Hugo. Contact 719-760-9806. Quail Dunes Golf Course, Fort Morgan — This beautiful 18-hole course was originally designed as a wildlife sanctuary in 1994. Wildlife habitat in the area include eagles hawks, deer, quail, pheasant, coyotes and more. The course is home to two distinct nine-hole courses, designed by Henry Hughes and Frank Hummel. Hughes designed the original nine holes that opened in the early 1920s. In the late 1960s another nine from Hummel was added. 117586 County Rd. T5, Fort Morgan. Contact 970-867-5990, or visit www.https://www.quaildunes.com/.

course. There are no 500-yard holes on the par-35 course. In fact, there is only one par-5, the 426-yard (330 for ladies) seventh. The shortest hole is the 129yard (118 for ladies) par-3 ninth.

Next to the course is the Spices On the Green restaurant, a local favorite not just for golfers, but for folks around town. The course is located a short drive north of Burlington at 48680 Snead Dr. Contact 719-346-8207.

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Lincoln County • Genoa, Hugo, Limon

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here’s a lot more to Lincoln County than meets the eye driving down I-70. Pull off the road and take it in. Your destination can wait, and you’ll be glad you stopped. It’s also worth scheduling a day — or two — for a trip that you’ll find relaxing, friendly, educational and downright fun. In Limon, which bills itself as the Hub City, a trip to Limon Heritage Museum is a must. Located at 899 First St., the free museum (it operates largely on donations) features the town’s location at the intersection of the Union Pacific Railroad and the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. Yes, that would be the same Rock Island Line that Johnny Cash sang about. It was built in 1910 after the original building was destroyed by fire and is one of only three Rock Island depots remaining in Colorado. A trip through the small but informa-

tive and most interesting railroad museum reminds visitors of what made Limon an important regional rail center. Outside of the railroad museum are several classic train cars through which visitors can tour, giving them a glimpse of what life was like for travelers and workers in the old days. One of the cars is still used, in fact, as folks can belly up to the counter and purchase delicious pies during the annual Heritage Festival, which is slated to return this year. The Heritage Museum area also includes an old school house and a saddle exhibit in an old train boxcar. Rumor has it Teddy Roosevelt used to shoot buffalo off of one of the trains, though no proof has been presented. Just a short walk down the street is the exhibit building for the Heritage Museum. It features a look at

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The Lincoln Theatre in Limon was built with the screen behind you as you enter. (Rick Mauch/Burlington Record)

the prairie from yesteryear. You can check out what the inside of a sheepherder’s wagon looks like, what a living room and kitchen looked like back then, and you can even walk inside a Plains Indian tipi. The military room encompasses a salute and museum dedicated to the many men and women who have served in the armed forces throughout America’s many wars. There’s also an exhibit that delves into the Dust Bowl and its impact on the families and folks in the Plains. Movie theatre history buffs should make a stop at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Limon. Opened in 1938, it is one of a very few movie theatres in the United States where the screen is behind the person entering. Legend has it the original owner who bought the land in 1938 designed the theatre backwards to avoid an $860 bill to hire a mule team to grade enough soil to have it oriented to the west. As a result, the theatre had stadium seating long before others made the switch. In its glory days it ran six days a week with multiple showtimes (Wednesday was for church). The theatre underwent some renovation following the tornado of 1990, and in 2013 Your Community Foundation raised funds for the $54,000 needed to upgrade the projection room to digital. Since 2017 the foundation organized volunteer teams to run concessions and take tickets.

Outside the theatre and just around the corner is a mural of The Duke, John Wayne, complete with the yellow neckerchief he wore in the movie “McClintock.” It was created by Some Girls and a Mural. The project has the seal of approval from the John Wayne Foundation painted into it as well. In Genoa is the World’s Wonder View Tower, opened in 1926. It was established on Colorado’s Eastern Plains as a commercial and recreational center designed to profit from the needs of rail and highway travelers. It is, however, no longer open for the public to enter. Also in Genoa is the Martin Homestead, which was originally homesteaded in 1899. The fourth generation of the same family continues to work the farm. It includes the original sod house and a large frame barn. Want more railroad history? Visit the Hugo Union Pacific Railroad Roundhouse. The 1909 roundhouse is associated with the operation and maintenance of the Union Pacific Railroad in eastern Colorado. It is the state’s most intact Union Pacific example and one of only four surviving roundhouses in the state. Also in Hugo is the historic Hedlund House Museum. The circa 1877 house is part of the first homestead filing in the Hugo area. It also houses memorabilia from the Hedlund family and artifacts representing all of Lincoln County.

Yuma • Wray, Yuma

A rebuilt sawmill slices through a cedar log at Old Thresher Park in Yuma. The once-abandoned sawmill was salvaged from the Colorado Rockies. (Photos by Jeff Rice/Journal-Advocate)

Wheat is forked into a threshing machine as part of the historic demonstrations during Old Thresher Days in Yuma. The 2021 festival will be held Sept. 10-12 at the Old Threshers historical park in Yuma.

Event celebrates agriculture’s past

Demonstrations combine with entertainment at Old Thresher Days Old Thresher Days, a three-day antique machinery and threshing

show, started with an interested farmer’s thoughts in 1980, and has evolved from a simple demonstration for neighbors to an event drawing over 5,000 people annually from many states and foreign countries. The event includes demonstrations such as wheat threshing, horse powered baling, plowing,

grinding, shelling and planting, a blacksmith at work and the 1894 Sawmill in operation. The world’s largest barbed wire tool collection is just one of many exhibits, while the entertainment includes a variety of live music and other acts. The grounds of Old Thresher Days features historic buildings

that were moved to the sevenacre site in the 1990s. These Old Town buildings are filled with original furnishings, tools, equipment and collections. Main Street includes a church, school, bank, creamery, land office, store with barbershop, blacksmith shop, veterans museum, a house and more.

Wray Museum preserves local history Rotating collections showcase local talents, interests

The mission of the Wray Museum is to inspire appreciation and understanding of the vibrant history of Wray and the surrounding area through the documentation, study, and exhibition of artifacts in order to foster community pride and enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. The museum, localed at 205 E. Third St. in Wray, is open from

noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and is available for after hour tours. The Wray Museum has recently launched a new type of exhibit it’s calling Community Collections to showcase the talents and personal collections of local residents on a temporary, bi-monthly basis. The displays are intended to promote the museum’s mission through engagement with visual art and compliment this year’s focus on Yuma County Ranching Heritage. Find out more about the latest exhibits on the Wray Museum Facebook page.

The Wray Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. The museum documents much of the history of the area. (Jeff Rice/JournalAdvocate)

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Phillips County • Amherst, Haxtun, Holyoke, Paoli

Haxtun Corn Festival theme is ‘Cheers to 100 years’

Chancey Williams will headline evening entertainment


axtun residents promise that this year’s annual Corn Festival — its 100th annual — will be one for the books. “Cheers to 100 years” is the theme for the time-honored tradition of the festival, and longtime resident and business owner Marilyn Michael has been selected as grand marshal for the event. Mark your calendars now, because you don’t want to miss out on Haxtun’s biggest weekend of the year! The 100th annual Haxtun Corn Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 25. It promises to be bigger and better than ever. The day is packed with activities, including mainstays like a 5K race, fireman’s breakfast, parade, quilt show, vendors, street games, a dance, live music, tractor pull and Lil’ Mr. and Miss Corn Festival contest. The evening entertainment

Lincoln and Kim Bowers have some fun in the Corn Festival 3-legged race. (Photo by Haxtun-Fleming Herald)

Carol Scheel has her eye on success in the Haxtun Corn Festival egg toss competition. This year’s 100th-year anniversary festival is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 25. (Photo by Haxtun-Fleming Herald)

lineup features Chancey Williams, along with special guests Judd Hoos and local musician Jordan Suter.

The Emporium Brewing Company will return to this year’s beer garden featuring a special beer release to honor Haxtun’s


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Phillips County • Amherst, Haxtun, Holyoke, Paoli

Dandelion Daze classic car show celebrates 20 years running

Event moves to twoday format


tarting with Party in the Park on Friday, June 18, Holyoke’s annual Dandelion Daze car show and more will celebrate its 20th year in a two-day event scheduled Friday and Saturday, June 1819. While 2020 was actually the 20th anniversary, COVID restrictions canceled the event. Holyoke Chamber of Commerce organizers are thrilled to move forward with the 20th anniversary celebration this year, declaring it will be bigger and better. Friday activities are planned from 5-10 p.m. at City Park. A show and shine will be held in the nearby Cobblestone Inn & Suites parking lot. A community dinner sponsored by Aurora Organic Dairy, Holyoke Marketplace and the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce will be served, complete with the chamber’s Lickity Split ice cream. Free-

Phillips County Court House lawn at 221 S. Interocean Ave. on Saturday includes the traditional 9 a.m.-3 p.m. car show, in which it is hoped that semitrucks will be added this year. Citywide garage sales will kick off the Saturday activity, vendors and food will be set up on the courthouse lawn, sidewalk sales are encouraged at downtown businesses, and car awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, back at City Park on Saturday, fun for the kids will be organized, and child/family directed vendors will be set up there. Potential features in the fun are a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, Dozer Games, other games, sand volleyball and swimming. After the car show, from 4-6 p.m., community members are Robert Singley spruces up his 1958 Dodge D100 Sweptside pickup truck invited to join car owners for Cruiahead of judging in the 2019 Dandelion Daze car show. (Photo by The Holy- sin’ Down Main. oke Enterprise) For more info, contact Holyoke Chamber of Commerce at 970-8543517 or director@holyokechamwill donations will be accepted. Sounds will add to the atmober.org or check out the chamsphere. A beer garden and dancing to DJ music by Jason Kimble Night The Dandelion Daze focus at the ber’s Facebook page.


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Phillips County • Amherst, Haxtun, Holyoke, Paoli

‘Raisin’ the Steaks’ is appropriate theme Fair week features rodeo events, stock car races and more


ocusing on the area’s meat industry and agriculture in general, “Raisin’ the Steaks” has been selected as the theme for the July 20-25 Phillips County Fair in Holyoke. Dirt will fly at the 2021 fair with bull riding, barrel racing, stock car racing, tractor pulling and more. A circus performance without animals has been added to the activity lineup Thursday, July 22, and carnival games will be set up Friday and Saturday afternoons. Headline events for the week follow: Tuesday, July 20 — Barrel racing, 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 — Thrash-

It is cuteness overload at the 2020 Phillips County Fair when Allison Plumb and Emerson Frank share a giggle as they wait their turn with the judge in the bucket calf show. The 2021 fair promises to be full of activity for all ages July 20-25. (Photo by The Holyoke Enterprise)

ers’ Rocky Mountain Oyster dinner, 5:30 p.m., and cornhole tournament at 8:30 p.m., with a ranch rodeo at 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 22 — Circus performance, 7 p.m. Friday, July 23 — Barbecue, 5 p.m; stock car races, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 24 — Parade with Mike and Susan Salyards as grand marshals, 10 a.m., followed by kids’ games; pet show and salsa contest, 1 p.m.; junior livestock sale, 2:30 p.m.; Bulls Gone Wild!, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 25 — Community church service in the morning; tractor pull, noon. A beer garden on the grounds will be open each evening, Wednesday through Saturday, with featured music on Friday and Saturday nights. Besides the headline events, livestock and 4-H projects will be shown at the fairgrounds throughout the week. A parade of champions will showcase the projects Friday at 4 p.m. For the most up-to-date information and schedule, go to the Phillips County Fairgrounds & Fair Facebook page.

Pavilion entertainment at the county fairgrounds is vast


attle and other animal shows, rodeos, roping, camps and much more rein in participants from around the country and provide solid entertainment for the rural area at the Bank of Colorado Pavilion at the Phillips County Fairgrounds in Holyoke. There’s not a week that goes by that doesn’t see some sort of action at the fairgrounds located just north of Holyoke.

In 2018, the Bank of Colorado Pavilion became the newest addition to the facilities out there, and it’s turned out to be a huge asset to the town, county and region. With numerous facilities in the whole area limited to events and crowd size this past year due to COVID-19 restriction regulations, the pavilion became a popular venue. Full garage-size doors could be opened for an “outdoor” restriction level while the pavilion still provid-

ed protection from weather. Monthly, Little Britches Rodeo events were staged at the pavilion, as well as regular roping competition. Showdown on the Plains cattle show was held in late January, and May found the NJC Working Ranch Horse Show and the Phillips County Showdown for Small Animals both attracting nice crowds. Numerous other events have

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Activities for all ages fill downtown Haxtun

Kiddieland returns with inflatables and more starting at 4 p.m., and food vendors will provide options during the activities. Car enthusiasts will love the 4-6 ack in full force after COVID19 restrictions cut out some p.m. car show featuring classic and late models, with the crowd-favorite of last year’s fun, Haxtun’s burnout at 5 p.m. After the awards Old Fashioned Saturday Night is slated for downtown Haxtun on Sat- ceremony, cruisin’ main will be top priority. urday, July 17. A hog roast will be held at the A car show, poker run, kiddie Haxtun Fire Hall from 5-7 p.m., with games, community garage sales, hog roast and a live band are just a a live band and beer garden at the fire hall as well. Mike Dixon and few of the activities for all ages Tripwire will provide the live music. planned by Haxtun Chamber of Check the Haxtun Old Fashioned Commerce. The day kicks off with townwide Saturday Night Facebook page for garage sales from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and more details, or call Jenny Oberle at the poker run pegs up at 11 a.m. 970-415-3960.


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Raceway promotes Friday night action Stock car races extend through summer


outed as the fastest 3/8-mile dirt track in Colorado, Phillips County Raceway provides great action in stock car racing that continues through the summer at the Phillips County Fairgrounds in Holyoke. IMCA modifieds, sport mods, stock cars, hobby stocks and compacts are featured consistently on the 2021 racing schedule, along with dwarfs, mini mods and UTVs. Mini mods stole the show at the April 17-18 season opener. Anyone interested in getting their kids involved in the mini mods or in any part of the racing agenda should contact organizer Joe Bellm at 720-404-0400.

In addition to the five IMCA divisions, dwarfs, mini mods and UTVs, some race nights feature special categories. For June, July and August, the PC Raceway schedule follows: • Friday, June 4, 7 p.m. — Regulars plus POWRI lightning sprints. • Friday, June 18, 7 p.m. — Regulars plus ASCS sprints and Colorado vintage oval racers. • Friday, July 2, 7 p.m. — Independence Day Blowout featuring regulars and POWRI lightning sprints. • Friday, July 23, 7 p.m. — Phillips County Fair races. • Friday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. — Season finale. Information about upcoming racing, as well as results from past IMCA modifieds round turn No. 1 at the season opener at Phillips County races are posted on the Phillips Raceway in mid-April. Races continue on Friday nights this summer. (Photo County Raceway/BST Racing by Joe Starr/Phillips County Raceway) Facebook page.

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Phillips County • Amherst, Haxtun, Holyoke, Paoli

Spend a day in Phillips County

Homesteaders Park

Lyndsie and Wyatt Deweese have fun with a toy fishing pole at Homesteaders Park’s water feature at the Phillips County Fairgrounds in Holyoke. In addition to its picturesque setting, Homesteaders Park has much to offer. In addition to the water feature area, a universally accessible playground, turf field, disc golf course and a mile-long bike/ walking path provide hours of entertainment for all ages. (Photo by The Holyoke Enterprise)

Homesteaders Park, at the Phillips County Fairgrounds on the north edge of Holyoke, features a universally accessible playground with ramp accessibility, a 60’ x 120’ turf field, nine-hole disc golf course and a mile-long walking/ bike path that runs through the park and loops around the fairgrounds. A favorite in the summer months is a water feature where children can splash in the water. The landscaping also makes it a perfect place for special occasion photos. Community activities are also scheduled consistently at the Bank of Colorado Pavilion and Phillips County Event Center, both also located at the fairgrounds in Holyoke.

Fishing Holes

Enjoy fishing year-round at Haxtun’s fishing pond, located 1 mile west, 1.25 miles south and 0.25 miles east of Haxtun, through the Haxtun Gun Club, down a winding road. Avid anglers can also spend the day at the Holyoke Lions Club Fishin’ Hole, located 1 mile east and 0.25 mile south of the stoplight in Holyoke.


Artifacts from settlers in early-

day Phillips County tell a thorough story of the area history at the Phillips County Museum, located at 109 S. Campbell Ave. in Holyoke. The museum is open Wednesday afternoons and by appointment by calling 970-854-3494, 970854-3311 or 970-854-3277.

Check out coffee shop options, salons, lounges, appliances and so sandwiches, barbecue, steaks, Chi- much more. nese, Mexican, pizza, American homestyle and more.


From Haxtun to Paoli to Holyoke, Phillips County offers multiple shopping opportunities. Check Dining it all out — look for boutiques, home decor, book store, thrift Whether you’re looking to sit down for a meal or take food to the store, flower shops, tools and parks or fishing ponds for an outimplement dealers, groceries, door meal, Phillips County has lots quilts, pet supplies, dollar stores, of options. hardware, liquor, auto parts,

CLUBS Haxtun Lions Club

Carl Wilcox, president Meet 1st and 3rd Tuesdays (Sept.-April), 6:30 p.m. Haxtun Community Center, 125 E. Wilson, Haxtun


First Baptist Church Rick Reitz, interim pastor 1000 E. Johnson St., Holyoke, CO 970-854-2452 Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:20 a.m. Spanish service 5:30 p.m.


St. Patrick/Christ the King/St. Peter Rev. Jerry Rohr 720-339-1472 St. Patrick, Holyoke, Sunday, 8 a.m. Christ the King, Haxtun, Saturday, 5 p.m. St. Peter, Fleming, Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

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Independent Christian

First Christian Church Pastor Mike Brown 310 S. Interocean Ave., Holyoke, CO 970-854-3438 Sunday School, 8:45 a.m.; Worship, 10 a.m.

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Immanuel Lutheran Church Richard von Steinman, vacancy pastor 400 N. Colorado Ave., Haxtun, CO 970-774-6236 Sunday: 8:30 a.m.; Adult Bible Study, 9:30 a.m. Zion Lutheran Church Pastor Gary Rahe 240 S. High School Ave., Holyoke, CO

970-854-2615 Sunday Worship: 8:45 a.m., 10 a.m.

United Methodist

First United Methodist Church of Holyoke Pastor Paul Brunner 230 E. Furry St., Holyoke, CO 970-854-2433 Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. Haxtun United Methodist Church Pastor Jeri Soens 106 S. Washington Ave., Haxtun, CO 970-774-7413. Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m


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Sedgwick County • Julesburg, Ovid, Sedgwick

Colorado Welcome Center celebrates 25th anniversary By Sue Carter Welcome Center manager


n Wednesday, June 23 the Colorado Welcome Center at Julesburg will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. Developing the Welcome Center took 10 years, from its planning to its opening day on Feb. 8, 1996. The effort was a concerted one by many different entities helping in various ways to finish the goal. The Welcome Center has a Native American and pioneer motif, with silhouettes of buffalo scattered out among trees and native grass and teepees over the picnic tables. The wooden archway symbolizes an entrance to a large western ranch and is marked with a figure of a Pony Express rider. The running horse logo was designed by local artist Gary Lancaster. Visitors pass into an open courtyard which features large wooden pillars and old- time light poles. In the plaza sits a large sculpture entitled “Swept Away.” The blue heron in the sculpture signifies the large abundance of wildlife in the area. The half circle design of the building is representative of a

The Colorado Welcome Center at Julesburg has a 35-foot observation tower and is shaped in a half circle to symbolize a wheel. (File photo)

wheel and shows the significance of transportation to the area. There are walking paths, dog exercise areas and an RV dump.

orado Division of the National Pony Express Association. The interior of the building is designed with high, open-beamed ceilings, patina lights and oaken fixtures. At the entrance to the Welcome The building features a 35-foot Center proudly on display is the tower and observation area. The Pony Express statue which was Welcome Center’s lobby features made at a cost of $110,000 spon“The Ritual,” a steel sculpture of a sored by local patrons and the Col- male and female eagle with talons locked in a free-fall, created and donated by Julesburg Artist Terry Hinde. Inside a large artistic map of Colorado can be found along with over 350 brochures to assist the over 6,000,000 plus visitors that have stopped in the last 25 years. 15225 US-385, Julesburg, CO 80737 A Penny Press owned by Fort Sedgwick Park has also been add970-474-3336 Call us today to set up your reservation. ed with four unique designs depicting our area history. The • Free Wi-Fi • Air-conditioned Welcome Center is staffed by two employees and 50 volunteers • Free parking • Flat Screen TVs many with volunteer hours totalCall 970-474-3336 For Hours ing in the thousands and is a colMake a reservation at Budgethost.com laborative effort with the State

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Platte Valley Inn

A silhouette of the Pony Express horse and rider appears on a nearby tipi at the Colorado Welcome Center at the I-76 interchange at Julesburg. (Courtesy photo)

Tourism Office and Sedgwick County. The Welcome Center is planning to celebrate its 25th anniversary with an open house with a dinner and entertainment to kick off the Pony Express Re-Ride through Julesburg and Sedgwick County that will take place on the morning of June 24.

Sedgwick County • Julesburg, Ovid, Sedgwick

Cruise Night in Julesburg brings out a collection of iconic cars

The Cruise Night is a fun way to kick off the Tri-State Hot Rod Revival

More Information Hippodrome Arts Centre: hippodromeartscentre.com Julesburg Drag Strip: julesburgdragracing.com Tri-State Hot Rod Revival: facebook.com/ TriStateHotRodRevival

By Brittany Anas


t the annual Cruise Night in Julesburg, iconic American cars take to main street for a slow stroll. Attendees are likely to spot hot rods painted with flames and sleek vintage Corvettes with candy colored paint jobs. Equipped with power and grace, these classics are joined by Mustangs from the ‘60s that exude youthful exuberance and stylish Chevrolet Bel Airs that have a way of conjuring up images of diners and sock hops. This year’s Cruise Night is set for 5 p.m. Aug. 20. With a tradition of bringing out as many as 300 cars to cruise, the event is organized by the Hippodrome Arts Centre and syncs up with the Tri-State Hot Rod Revival weekend that runs Aug. 20-22. “We don’t do a car show, but we show off the cars,” says Marcia Hill, event coordinator at the Hippodrome Arts Centre. During the Cruise Night, hot

When more than 300 show cars converge in town, so do the enthusiasts. Cruise Night grows each year with cars and spectators, and with that, so does the evening's events. As an added attraction for 2021, there will be a live band and street dance in downtown Julesburg sponsored by the Julesburg/Sedgwick County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo courtesy Hippodrome Arts Centre)

rods and vintage cars are escorted by the sheriff’s department as they ramble down Cedar Street (which, for the uninitiated, is Julesburg’s “Main Street.”) Families can come out in their front yards to watch, or line up along Cedar Street. The Cruise Night becomes much like a parade of cars from yesteryear. While the event details are still being but-

toned up, organizers hope to have live music (sponsored by the Julesburg/Sedgwick County Chamber), food trucks, and oldfashioned carnival games. Hill says the Cruise Night serves as a way to get people, well, revved up, for the Tri-State Hot Rod Revival. Back in 2017, and ahead of the hot rod revival, the Hippodrome played a special

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screening of “American Graffiti,” a film set in the 1960s about high school grads spending a final night cruising the strip with their friends before departing for college. Now, the Cruise Night is a tradition that helps kick off the Tri-State Hot Rod Revival weekend, which is in its sixth year. Held annually at the Julesburg Dragstrip, which is the oldest drag racing track in the country, the hot rod revival weekend draws crowds numbering 2,000 to 3,000 people, says Todd Barowsky, who manages the track. The event got its start after a fan suggested it, and during the anticipated revival vintage gassers and dragsters with powerful engines from the 1950s and ‘60s take to the track. “It was a hit, and it’s gotten so big, especially for a little town,” Barowsky says. “The heritage of drag racing comes back to life.”

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Travel the South Platte River Trail A Scenic and Historic Byway • Explore the route of the Transcontinental Railroad. • Explore Colorado's only home station of the Pony Express. Capture the magic of the Annual Pony. Express Reride in June. • Explore the gravesite of Thad Sowder in Ovid, original rider with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and first inductee into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. • Explore Julesburg Reservoir, known to locals as "Jumbo",just outside of the town of Sedgwick, and the best place to boat, water ski, fish, swim and hunt small game. • Explore the historic Hippodrome Theatre. • Explore our historic downtown shops. • Explore Sedgwick Historic Jailhouse Museum. • Explore the speed at Julesburg NHRA Dragstrip, oldest continuous operational race track in the country. Sponsored by: Sedgwick County Economic Development • Julesburg/Sedgwick County Chamber of Commerce The Julesburg Advocate • The Town of Julesburg • The Town of Ovid • The Town of Sedgwick 46 • MAY 21, 2021 • EXPLORE 2021

The Great Outdoors...

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Fishing • • • • • • • •

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Sedgwick County • Julesburg, Ovid, Sedgwick

Wicked town, fiery history A

lthough the shortest of Colorado’s 23 byways, the South Platte River Trail is long in history. In the 19th century, the trail lay on the main route westward and was used by the tens of thousands of pioneers lured by the promises of wealth, land, and freedom. Starting at the Colorado Welcome Center, this 19-mile loop features interpretive signage at the original Julesburg townsite, the location of Colorado’s only Pony Express Home Station, and Fort Sedgwick, established in 1864 to protect the trail and telegraph line. Additional markers commemorate the other three Julesburg townsites, the Transcontinental Railroad, and the Lincoln Highway, the first coast-tocoast automobile road in the United States. Plan a drive time of about 30 minutes, plus time to see the sites along the trail. The emergence of the railroad caused a population explosion and earned Julesburg the nickname, “Wickedest City in the West.” The wild town derives its name from the infamous Jules Beni who ran a trading post on the south side of the Platte River during the 1850s. When the Overland Stage

Company was established in 1859, Jules was an agent. Indians burned the first Julesburg in February 1865. Julesburg II was built four miles east just outside the Fort Sedgwick Military Reservation boundary. Some historians claim the move was made to allow the sale of whiskey. Julesburg was a busy stage station until June 1867 when Union Pacific rail arrived north of the river. The town reestablished itself at the railhead. “Wickedest City in the West” was Julesburg’s well-deserved reputation. Saloons and gambling houses did a thriving business as the population grew to nearly 5,000. When the tracks stretched farther west, Julesburg continued as an important shipping point. This site was also known as “Weir.” In 1881 several miles east of Julesburg III Union Pacific began laying rails for its Denver Branch. A few merchants and several actual structures moved to “Denver Junction,” so named by the railroad. The new town soon settled down and attracted permanent businesses and citizens but the Beni legend remained popular. In 1886 the name “Denver Junction” became history when the site was incorporated as Julesburg IV.

The Pony Express statue at the Colorado Welcome Center at Julesburg commemorates the only home station on the mail route located in Colorado. (File photo) 48 • MAY 21, 2021 • EXPLORE 2021

A plaque set in stone sits along the South Platte River Trail Byway and marks the original site of "Old Julesburg." (Courtesy photo)


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Sedgwick County • Julesburg, Ovid, Sedgwick

There’s always a reason to visit Sedgwick County

Jumbo Reservoir is a favorite fishing spot for young and old anglers alike. (Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.) 50 • MAY 21, 2021 • EXPLORE 2021

It's always a great day at the races and the Julesburg Dragstrip. (Wayne Fuchs/Courtesy photo)

Hippodrome Theatre

Designated a historical building in downtown Julesburg, the Hippodrome was originally a vaudeville stage built in 1919 and now is home to weekly showings of Hollywood’s latest hits as well as available for concerts, speaking engagements and art shows. Located at 215 Cedar St., drive by and check out the movie marquis for time sea dates of coming attractions.

Fort Sedgwick Historical Society and Museum

Open year ‘round, this small museum commemorate the “hard duty on the prairie” for the members of the U.S. military who were stationed here to protect westbound travelers and early settlers. The museum is located at 114 E First St.

Julesburg Dragstrip

The Julesburg Dragstrip is the oldest NHRA track in the United Stats still in its original location. The strip is located off US-138 west of Julesburg. It celebrated 60 years of racing in 2018 and remains sanctioned by the NHRA. 2021 racers are schedule from April until October. For a full listing of race dates, check out their

calendar at http://www.julesburgdragracing.com/schedule-2/

Jumbo Reservoir

Located six miles west of Sedgwick, the 1500 acre Julesburg Reservoir, known to locals as “Jumbo” and the best place to fish, boat, water ski and camp. Services include boat ramps, shelters and rest rooms. Daily vehicle permits are required.

Colorado Welcome Center

Surrounded by tipis and buffalo, the Welcome Center is the beginning of the South Platte River Trail byway. The 19-mile trail loop traverses the Overland/California trails and ranges the state’s Pony Express trails, as well as the routes of the first Transcontinental Railroad, telegraph, and automobile.

Old Ford Garage

Next door to the west of the Fort Sedgwick Museum, the old Ford Garage looks to be a set out of Mayberry, complete with Floyd’s barber pole. This is a private collection of vintage autos and memorabilia and includes old bicycles, gas pumps and antique advertising signs.

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Cheyenne County gives big city options with small-town feel W

Families enjoy a day of fishing from the dock at Legion Park in Sidney, Nebraska. (Journal-Advocate file photo)

hether you just stop in Cheyenne County for a bit or a while, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the big-city options in a welcoming small-town way. From upscale hotels, cozy campsites, to antique stores and more, it has all of the conveniences your family is looking for. Not only do we have museums, inviting parks and seasonal events, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. So go ahead and turn off at Exit 59 on I-80, and Fort Sidney Museum* experience what it’s like to kick Sidney Pony Express National back in Cheyenne County for Monument awhile. Sidney Legion Park & Trail Area attractions: Sidney Hillside Golf Course Sidney Boot Hill Cemetery* Potter Golf Course Sidney Camp Lookout* Potter Sundry* and Duck Pin

The Sidney Oktoberfest will be held Oct. 1-3 this year. (Photo courtesy (www.sidneycheyennecountytourism.com)

Bowling Alley* Lodgepole Train Depot Museum* Dalton Prairie Schooner and Log Cabin Museum* *By appointment only, please call ahead

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Explore the gems of Keith County, Nebraska F

Lake McConaughy offers miles of water and shoreline for recreation. (Courtesy photo from Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce)

There are lots of places to stay...

to play at Lake McConaughy!

I-80 Exit 126, Ogallala Check ilovelakemac.com or download the Lake McConaughy App to find hotels, cabins, private campgrounds, restaurants, shopping & things to do! Please be aware ALL public camping requires a reservation 5/21/21-9/12/21. See outdoornebraska.org.LakeMcConaughy.

Keith County Visitors Committee

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or more than a centur y and a quarter, Ogallala has ranked among the state’s top tourism communities. The gem that draws most visitors to Keith County is Lake McConaughy. The lake was formed by damming the North Platte River, which starts in Colorado and comes to western Nebraska via Wyoming. The lake boasts 100 miles of shoreline of white sand beaches and 30,000 surface of clear blue waters and some of the best walleye fishing in the nation. Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala rank high on the list for bird watching in the nation. More than 320 species of birds have been identified on or near their shores. Interactive displays at the Lake McConaughy Visitor and Water Interpretive Center explain the benefits of the Platte River and the High Plains Aquifer. The Visitor Center, located at 1475 NE Hwy 61, is about eight miles north of Ogallala and is open year-round. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, while winter hours are shortened to 4 p.m. Admission is free. During the spring, walleye spawn at Lake McConaughy. Anglers target walleye and wipers using live bait or casting jigs. From May to August, its white bass, small and large bass hit on casting jigs or lures. Yellow perch can be caught all summer throughout the lake on worms and wax worms. Whether you are fishing from the bank or off a boat, anglers can catch northern pike, rainbow trout, brown trout, and tiger trout at the neighboring Lake Ogallala. Catfish can be caught year-round.

Lake McConaughy is a destination for those looking to enjoy some fun in the water. (Courtesy photo)

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds boaters to take care to avoid transporting aquatic nuisance species such as zebra mussels by making sure to clean, drain and dry their watercraft before launching at either lake. Nebraska law also requires any person born after Dec. 31, 1985, to complete a boater safety course and have proof of completion with them in order to operate any motorboat, including personal watercraft. For more information or list of activities and events visit http:// outdoornebraska.gov/lakemcconaughy/.

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Hike unique habitat at Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park J

ust off I-70, south of Oakley, Kansas is Little Jerusalem Badlands, a small but impressive state park. Once a great sea, the remains of swimming and flying reptiles dating back 85 million years have been found there. Common fossils found include giant clams and oysters. Some believe its name was derived because from a distance it looks like the ancient walled city of Jerusalem. Some of the rock formations tower more than 100 feet above the nearby Smoky Hill River. A pair of hiking trails take you to multiple scenic overlooks at your own pace throughout the park that covers more than 330

acres. The area provides a unique and important habitat for many plants and wildlife, including native amphibians, reptiles and birds such as ferruginous hawks and cliff swallows. The area is also home to the largest population of Great Plains wild buckwheat. This native plant exists only in the chalk bluffs prairie of western Kansas. Guided tours are available by calling 620-872-2061, or emailing sarakay.carrell@ks.gov for more information. The preserve is open only during daylight hours, and a state park permit is required, which can be purchased at the park’s self-serve kiosk.

The Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park in Kansas offers scintillating views of nature's magic. (Rick Mauch/Burlington Record)

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Sherman County attractions make great destination or detour W

hether beautiful Sherman County, Kansas is your destination or you are just passing through, this 1,056 square mile county located in northwest Kansas and split by I-70, will delight you by what it has to offer. Named after General William Tecumseh Sherman, the county is home to around 6,000 occupants and epitomizes the lovely hardworking, down-to-earth lifestyle this part of the country is known for. For anyone traveling through Sherman County, a stop in Goodland, the county seat, may be just the distraction needed. With plenty of opportunities to get out and

stretch your legs, your first stop should be Pioneer Park to take in the “World’s Largest Painting on an Easel.” This 24x32 foot painting by artist Cameron Cross is a reproduction of Van Gough’s Three Sunflowers in a Vase and can be seen from I-70, but is much, much more impressive up close and in person. The brick lined path that echoes the brick paved streets of downtown Goodland will take you right up under the massive easel that stands 80 feet high and weighs 40,000 pounds. Just a few steps to the east off the brick path lies a large fenced in dog park for your furry fourlegged friends to stretch their

legs as well. Continue to follow the Topside Trail around to find tennis courts, a playground for the kids, and just to the west of the giant Van Gough you will run into the High Plains Museum. This interactive museum highlights how the people of Western Kansas descended from Native Americans, soldiers, homesteaders, farmers, railroad workers and early businessmen. Their stories are told by a series of interactive audio and video displays. You can also take in relics from days past including an early 1900’s era car, a display of an old store with prices A drive through Goodland features from the time, and many devices this giant Van Gogh painting visible designed to make the work of the from far away. (Cheri Webb/BurlingSee SHERMAN, pg. 54 ton Record)

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SHERMAN from page 53

This antique car is how folks used to get around and is on display at the High Plains Museum in Goodland, Kansas. (Cheri Webb/Burlington Record)

time easier. What really will draw you in though is Goodland’s Flying Machine. This 1909 early forerunner of the modern helicopter was designed and patented by Charles A. Wilson and William J. Purvis and a replica sits in a pit in the museum with its two layers of rotors soaring upwards. The engine was apparently too small and the machine never flew. Although other helicopters had been built and flown before, the 1910 patent granted by the government to the Goodland Aviation Co., was the first one for any rotary-winged aircraft in the country, therefore forever allowing Goodland to claim their helicopter as “America’s First Patented Helicopter.” The best part, kids of all ages will enjoy the button near the exhibit that when

pushed makes the rotors of the flying machine go around and around. The museum is funded and cared for by the community so there is no admission fee; however, free-will donations are accepted. If wide open spaces and a little more nature is calling your name, all you have to do is get back in the car and head to Kansas Hwy. 27, also known as the Land and Sky Scenic Byway. This 88-mile stretch with Goodland as the midway point offers gorgeous scenery that changes dramatically season to season giving motorists something different to look at each time. You may see lush green wheat fields one week and fields of amber waving grain the very next week as the wheat ripens. Giant fields of tall green corn will flow into beautiful yel-

low sunflower fields, which flow into red fields of milo. A fantastic spot to get out, stretch your legs, and maybe skip a few rocks would be Smokey Gardens, also known as Soldiers Memorial Park. This meandering man-made lake is located 12 miles southwest of Goodland just off the Scenic Byway. The park offers fun for the whole family, from its camping facilities, picnic shelters, playground area, nature trail and disc golf course to its catch and release lake perfect for practicing your casting abilities or maybe even taking a short kayak ride. While there, don’t forget to take in the wall of past and present service men and women that call or have called Sherman County home. A beautiful, yet humbling experience.

Goodland, located on the Topside of Kansas. Kansas begins here. (785) 890-3743 info@GoGoodland.org www.gogoodland.org 54 • MAY 21, 2021 • EXPLORE 2021

Sherman County Community Development 524 E Highway 24 Goodland, Kansas 67735

Calendar of Events May 2021

May 22 — Live outdoor concert by Avourneen – Irish Folk Trio, 6 to 7 p.m. at Dahms-Talton Band Shell, Fort Morgan City Park. Free. May 29 — Kit Carson County Little Britches Rodeo 60th Anniversary, 9 a.m., two rodeos. 815 15th Street, Burlington May 29 — Kit Carson County Carousel & Museum, open May 29Sept. 6 daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 815 15th Street Burlington May 29 — Fort Morgan Fieldhouse Open House, Noon to p.m. Free admission. May 29 — Fort Morgan swimming pool opens for the season. May 30 — Kit Carson County Little Britches Rodeo 60th Anniversary, 9a.m. start, one rodeo. 815 15th Street May 31 — Lincoln County Museum opening day 1-5 p.m. 617 3rd Avenue, Hugo May 31 — Sterling Recreation Center outdoor pool opens for the season. May 31 — Annual Memorial Day Observance at Hillside Cemetery, 7 a.m., Julesburg

June 2021

June 3 — “Thursday Night Live!” 5 to 8:30 p.m., Fort Morgan City Park and downtown on Main Street. Food, arts and crafts, retail vendors; live music at 7 p.m. from The Jazz Section in Dahms-Talton Band Shell in the park. June 4-6 — Hwy 24 Garage Sales; Stratton, Colo. to Clay Center, Kans. June 4 — Phillips County Raceway, 7 p.m., Fairgrounds, Holyoke, Stock car races. More info on Phillips County Raceway Facebook page. June 4 —Akron Cruise Night and Movie in the Park June 5-6 — Summer Kick off; stock car races; Sherman County Speedway; 329 North Main Street; Goodland June 5 — Fishing Is Fun Fishing Derby, Kiwanis Pond, Overland Trail Recreation Area, Sterling. 9 a.m.noon. Free fishing weekend, casting contest and biggest fish contest for kids. June 8 — Twilight Tuesdays Movie in the Park, 7 p.m., Wisdom Park, Sterling. Free family-friendly movie. Call 970-522-9700 for more information. June 10 — “Thursday Night Live!” 5 to 8:30 p.m., Fort Morgan City Park and downtown on Main Street. Food, arts and crafts, retail vendors; Main Street Market at 5 p.m.; live music at 7 p.m. from Knot Rock Band in Dahms-Talton Band Shell in the park. June 11 — Limon Rotary Free

Fort Morgan’s Thursday Night Live series includes live music from The Dahms-Talton Band Shell at City Park. (Fort Morgan Times file photo) Concert in the Park 5-8:30p.m. Railroad Park, Limon June 12 — Rohr Into Summer Breakfast 7-9 a.m. Crafts, food and fun! Trade Show 9-12 a.m. Rohr Plaza, 280 E Avenue, Limon June 15 — Twilight Tuesdays Movie in the Park, 7 p.m., Pioneer Park Softball Complex, Sterling. Free family-friendly movie. Call 970-5229700 for more information. June 17 — “Thursday Night Live!” 5 to 8:30 p.m., Fort Morgan City Park and downtown on Main Street. Food, arts and crafts, retail vendors; CACE Art Walk at downtown businesses 4 to 7 p.m.; live music at 7 p.m. from Chicago Heat in Dahms-Talton Band Shell in the park. June 18 — Holyoke Dandelion Daze Party in the Park (City Park), 510 p.m. June 18 — Phillips County Raceway, 7 p.m., Fairgrounds, Holyoke, Stock car races. More info on Phillips County Raceway Facebook page. June 18 — Celebration of Summer; car, bike and antique tractor show registration 8-11 a.m. @ Parmer Park, 1858 Ben Street, Burlington June 19 — Celebration of

Summer; car, bike and antique tractor show, Parmer Park, 1858 Ben Street, Burlington June 19 — Dandelion Daze car show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Phillips County Court House lawn, Holyoke. June 19 — NJC Young Farmers Tractor Pull, 5 p.m. Logan County Fairgrounds. NSPA Truck and Tractor Pull. June 20 — Fathers’ Day NHRA King of the Track Wally Race, Julesburg Dragstrip, Julesburg June 22 — Twilight Tuesdays Movie in the Park, 7 p.m., Columbine Park, Sterling. Free family-friendly movie. Call 970-522-9700 for more information. June 23 — 25th Anniversary of the Colorado Welcome Center in Julesburg. A Pony Express Dinner and entertainment along with a mochilla hand-off re-inactment will be take place. June 24 — The Pony Express Reride passes through the northeast corner of Colorado. Follow the mochilla as it travels across 8 states at www.xphomestation.org June 24 — “Thursday Night Live!” 5 to 8:30 p.m., Fort Morgan City Park and downtown on Main Street. Food, arts and crafts, retail vendors; live

music at 7 p.m. from Lauren Frihauf in Dahms-Talton Band Shell in the park. June 24-27 — International Feedlot Cowboys Association Finals, Logan County Fairgrounds, Sterling. http://feedlotcowboys.com/ June 25 — Lincoln County Colorado Championship Ranch Rodeo, 1 p.m. Top Hand Competition, 4 p.m. Western Trade Show, 6 p.m. first rodeo performance. 33747 County Road 2W, Hugo June 26 — Lincoln County Colorado Championship Ranch Rodeo and Chuck Wagon Cook off, 8 a.m. Horse Show, 2 p.m. Jeremiah Ward Memorial Open Ranch Bronc Riding, 5 p.m. second rodeo performance, 9 p.m. “Rodeo Road Apples” live band. 33747 County Road 2W, Hugo June 26 — Juneberry Vintage Market, 11535 Highway 6, Merino. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music, food trucks, farmhouse and vintage treasures, and a succulent bar. June 26 — Eighth Annual Akron Car Show June 27-28 — Thunder on the Plains girls softball tournament, middle school softball complex,

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Burlington June 29 — Twilight Tuesdays Movie in the Park, 7 p.m., Wisdom Park, Sterling. Free family-friendly movie. Call 970-522-9700 for more information.

July 2021

July 1 — “Thursday Night Live!” 5 to 8:30 p.m., Fort Morgan City Park and downtown on Main Street. Food, arts and crafts, retail vendors; live country music at 7 p.m. from Narrow Gauge in Dahms-Talton Band Shell in the park. July 2-4 — 66th Annual Brush Rodeo, at Morgan County Fairgrounds, Brush. Nightly rodeo action. More info: See @BrushRodeo on Facebook for event schedules and updates. July 2 — Goodland performance of “Peter Pan Jr.” 8:30 p.m.; location TBD July 2 — July Jamz Concerts on the Green, Logan County Courthouse Square, Sterling. Free concert. Info: https://www.facebook.com/ SterlingColoArts/ July 2 — Phillips County Raceway, 7 p.m., Fairgrounds, Holyoke, Stock car races. More info on Phillips County Raceway Facebook page. July 3 — Star Spangled 5K 7:30 a.m., Pool Park, D Avenue, Limon July 3 — Limon Chamber Independence Day Celebration and BBQ with activities. Brownies and ice cream served before the fireworks. Fireworks at dusk, Gaskill Football Field, Limon July 4 — City of Sterling Fourth of July Celebration. Fireworks at Pioneer Park. Call 970-522-09700 for more information. July 4 — Wiggins 4th of July Celebration, 6 p.m. to dark., at Teets Ballfield. Food, booths, games, music and more. Spectacular Fireworks Show at around 9 p.m. July 4 — Brush Fantastic Fireworks display, at Morgan County Fairgrounds. Follows rodeo performance. July 4 — Burlington Chamber Red, White and Brew, times TBD, Parmer Park, Burlington July 4 — Second Central School Museum 4th of July Celebration Games, horseshoes, pie, BBQ and fun run 8 a.m., 404 Fourth Street, Flagler July 4 — Freedom Fest, 6 p.m. home-owned carnival rides, 7 p.m., live entertainment Across State Lines, 9:45 fireworks show; Sherman County Fairground July 4 — Julesburg Dragstrip , NHRA TV Wally Race. Fireworks show

Mud flies at the NSPA Sanctioned Sled Pull during the 2020 Eastern Colorado Roundup.(Jo Anne Busing/Akron News-Reporter) July 4 — The skies will light up with the annual Fireworks show provided by the Julesburg Volunteer Fire Department. Show begins at dusk. July 9 — July Jamz Concerts on the Green, Logan County Courthouse Square, Sterling. Free concert. Info: https://www.facebook.com/ SterlingColoArts/ July 9-10 — Bobstock Music Festival, 5:30 to 11 p.m. July 9, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 10, in Fort Morgan City Park and downtown area. Many bands on multiple stages, plus vendors, activities. Friday evening headliners Young MC and Tone L c, Saturday evening headliner The Guess Who. More info at https:// bobstockmusicfestival.com/bands/ July 9-11 — Colorado Flatlanders Car Club’s Annual Rod Run. July 10 Show & Shine at Pioneer Park, Sterling. http:// coloradoflatlanders.org July 10 — County-wide Garage Sales, Jules, Ovid & Sedgwick July 15 — “Thursday Night Live!” 5 to 8:30 p.m., Fort Morgan City Park and downtown on Main Street. Food, arts and crafts, retail vendors; CACE Art Walk at downtown businesses 4 to 7 p.m.; live music at 7 p.m. from Titonic in Dahms-Talton Band Shell in the park. July 16 — July Jamz Concerts on

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the Green, Logan County Courthouse Square, Sterling. Free concert. Info: https://www.facebook.com/ SterlingColoArts/ July 16 — Limon Rotary Free Concert in the Park 5-8:30 p.m., Railroad Park, Limon July 17-18 — Mid Summer Classic; stock car races; Sherman County Speedway; 329 North Main Street, Goodland July 17 — Tread for Trails Fun Ride, Walk, Run. Pioneer Park, Sterling. 25mile ride starts at 7 a.m., 10 mile ride starts at 7:30 a.m. and 2 mile ride/5K run-walk starts at 8 a.m. Donations accepted and appreciated to further develop new trails and promote safe bike riding. Info: 970522-5070. July 17 — Old Fashioned Saturday Night, car show, garage sale, dance and more, Main Street in Haxtun. See Haxtun Old Fashioned Saturday Night Facebook page. July 20 — Barrel racing at Phillips County Fair, Holyoke, 6 p.m. July 21 — Ranch Rodeo at Phillips County Fair, Holyoke, 6 p.m. July 22 — Circus Performance (no animals) at Phillips County Fair, Holyoke, 7 p.m. July 22 — “Thursday Night Live!” 5 to 8:30 p.m., Fort Morgan City Park and downtown on Main Street. Food, arts and crafts, retail vendors; Main

Street Market 5 to 7 p.m.; live music at 7 p.m. from Soul Sacrifice in Dahms-Talton Band Shell in the park. July 23 — July Jamz Concerts on the Green, Logan County Courthouse Square, Sterling. Free concert. Info: https://www.facebook.com/ SterlingColoArts/ July 23 — Phillips County Raceway, 7 p.m., Fairgrounds, Holyoke, Stock car races. More info on Phillips County Raceway Facebook page. July 24 — Phillips County Fair parade, Interocean Avenue, Holyoke, 10 a.m. July 24 — Bulls Gone Wild! at Phillips County Fair, Holyoke, 7 p.m. July 25 — Tractor Pull at Phillips County Fair, Holyoke, 12 noon. July 26-31 — Kit Carson County Fair, 815 15th Street, Burlington July 27-31 — Eastern Colorado Roundup, Akron July 29 — Kit Carson County Fair County Events Day BBQ, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., kid’s events on track 1 p.m., PRCA Rodeo 8 .m., 815 15th Street, Burlington July 29 — “Thursday Night Live!” 5 to 8:30 p.m., Fort Morgan City Park and downtown on Main Street. Food, arts and crafts, retail vendors; live music at 7 p.m. from My Blue Sky in Dahms-Talton Band Shell in the park.

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July 29-Aug. 1 — Sedgwick County Fair & Rodeo July 30 — July Jamz Concerts on the Green, Logan County Courthouse Square, Sterling. Free concert. Info: https://www.facebook.com/ SterlingColoArts/ July 30 — Kit Carson County PRCA Rodeo 8 p.m., 815 15th Street, Burlington July 29-Aug. 8 — Logan County Fair, Logan County Fairgrounds, Sterling. Tractor pull, bull riding, rodeo, Night Show featuring Travis Tritt and Braydon Zink, carnival, livestock shows, 4-H/FFA and open class exhibits, food vendors. Lcfair.org July 30-31 — Morgan County Fair begins, at Morgan County Fairgrounds, Brush. More info: https:// morgan.extension.colostate.edu/ morgan-county-fair/ July 31 — Buckers Unlimited No Credit Bucking Battle, at Morgan County Fairgrounds, Brush. More info: https:// www.buckersunlimited.com/ July 31 — Crook Fair begins, Crook. Parade, meals, gymkhana, games and activities. July 31 — Kit Carson County Fair PRCA Rodeo 7:30 p.m., Sawyer Brown concert following rodeo, 815 15th Street, Burlington July 31-Aug. 7 — Northwest Kansas District Free Fair; Sherman County Fairgrounds; 417 Main Street, Goodland

August 2021

Aug. 1 — Crook Fair continues, Crook. Games and activities. Aug. 1-5 — Morgan County Fair continues, at Morgan County Fairgrounds, Brush. More info: https:// morgan.extension.colostate.edu/ morgan-county-fair/ Aug. 5 — “Thursday Night Live!” 5 to 8:30 p.m., Fort Morgan City Park and downtown on Main Street. Food, arts and crafts, retail vendors; live music at 7 p.m. from The Long Run in Dahms-Talton Band Shell in the park. Aug. 7- 8 — Sponsor Night; stock car races; Sherman County Speedway; 329 North Main Street, Goodland, Kansas Aug. 9-14 — Lincoln County Free Fair and Rodeo, 33747 County Road 2W, Hugo Aug. 12 — “Thursday Night Live!” 5 to 8:30 p.m., Fort Morgan City Park and downtown on Main Street. Food, arts and crafts, retail vendors; Main Street Market 5 to 7 p.m.; live music

Whether you are wrestling pigs in the mud or watching from the stands, the contest is a huge splash for all to enjoy at the Sedgwick Harvest Festival held each year over Labor Day weekend. (Vickie Sandlin/Julesburg Advocate) at 7 p.m. from Stone Beat Invasion in Dahms-Talton Band Shell in the park. Aug. 14 — Akron Crazy Days Aug. 19 — “Thursday Night Live!” 5 to 8:30 p.m., Fort Morgan City Park and downtown on Main Street. Food, arts and crafts, retail vendors; CACE Art Walk at downtown businesses 4 to 7 p.m.; live music at 7 p.m. from Buckstein in Dahms-Talton Band Shell in the park. Aug. 20 — Phillips County Raceway, 7 p.m., Fairgrounds, Holyoke, Stock car races. More info on Phillips County Raceway Facebook page. Aug. 20 — Fifth Annual Julesburg Cruise Night. 300-plus cars, trucks, & motorcycles. Kicks off at 5 p.m.downtown Julesburg. Arts and crafts on courthouse lawn, and food vendor. Adult beverages, and live band and street dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. Aug 21-22 —The 6th Annual Tri State Hot Rod Revival. Gasser, flat head - inline, A/FX, Fed and Rocky Mountain Super Chargers Match Race. This is an all nostalgia event 1972 and older. Many classes to run including Hot Rod and Super Rod electronics Car Show at the Oldest NHRA Dragstrip in country, Julesburg. Aug. 21 — Bill Gray Memorial, stock car races; Sherman County Speedway; 329 North Main Street,

Goodland Aug. 28 — Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Columbine Park, Sterling. Fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. https:// act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2021/COColorado?pg=entry&fr_id=14350 Aug. 28 — Limon Rotary free concert in the park, 5-8:30 p.m., Railroad Park, Limon Aug. 28 — Hub City Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, 9 a.m., Downtown Limon

September 2021

Sept. 4-5 — Sedgwick Harvest Festival Sept. 11 — Fleming Fall Festival, Fleming. Parade, games, vendor booths, food and more. https:// www.facebook.com/flemingfallfest/ Sept. 13 — Mainly Marathons, Pioneer Park. First race in the Center of the Nations Series, mainlymarathons.com/series-3/ center-of-the-nation/ Sept. 17-18 — For Peetz Sake Days, Peetz. Parade, games, craft and bake sale, homecoming festivities. Sept. 17-19 — Fall Harvest Car Show, downtown Fort Morgan. More info: http:// www.fallharvestcarshow.org/ Sept. 18-19 — Sugar Beet Days, Logan County Courthouse Square.

Outdoor craft and vendor bazaar, live music and entertainment. https:// www.facebook.com/surgarbeetdays/ Sept. 24-26 — 39th Annual Brush Oktoberfest and Car and Motorcycle Show, at Memorial Park, Brush. Live music, beer garden, food, vendors, events. More info: https:// www.facebook.com/ BrushAreaChamber Sept. 24-25 — 32nd Annual Flatlander Event, stock car races; Sherman County Speedway; 329 North Main Street, Goodland Sept. 25 — Fall corn maze/ pumpkin patch. Saturday and Sundays through Oct. 31. 1-5 p.m. Call for large groups 719-342-1227, 25954 County Road 44, Burlington Sept. 25 — 100th Annual Haxtun Corn Festival, Family fun activity with parade, dance and more. See Haxtun Corn Festival Facebook page. Sept. 25-26 — Little Britches Rodeo at Bank of Colorado Pavilion at Phillips County Fairgrounds in Holyoke.

October 2021

October — Sterling Miracle Players Haunted House, Sterling. www.https://www.facebook.com/ The-Sterling-Miracle-Players143547279003914 October — Sweet Adelines

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Windsong Chorus Concert, Sterling. https://facebook.com/ windsongchorusSAI Early October — Merino Fall Festival, Merino. Info: https:// www.facebook.com/Merino-FallFestival-371525919705071 Late October — Sterling Creative District Zombie Crawl. Info: www.facebook.com/ SterlingColoArts/ Oct. 1-31 — Scarecrow Contest, Sterling. See Logan County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Oct. 2 — Limon Rotary Mouse Race 5-9 p.m. Location TBD go to limonrotary.com for tickets Oct. 23-24 — Little Britches Rodeo at Bank of Colorado Pavilion at Phillips County Fairgrounds in Holyoke. Oct. 29 — Downtown Trick or Treat Street, Sterling. Local businesses welcome trick-or-treaters from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 — Halloween activities in downtown Brush. More info: https:// www.facebook.com/ BrushAreaChamber/ Oct 29 — Trick-or-Treat Street begins at 3:45 p.m. Julesburg Oct. 29-31 — Halloween activities in downtown Fort Morgan. More info: https:// www.fortmorganchamber.com/ Oct. 30 — Holly Daze Craft and Gift Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Phillips County Event Center, Holyoke. Oct. 31 — Trick or Treat Street, Sterling Recreation Center, 808 Elm St. Free for kids 12 and under, safe alternative for trick or treating. Oct. 31 — Burlington Chamber of Commerce Trunk or Treat, time TBD, 14th Street, Burlington

November 2021

Nov. 6 — Holiday Gift Gala, 9 a.m.2 p.m. Commercial and handmade items, on site catering. Community and Education Center, 340 South 14th Street, Burlington. Nov. 25 — High Plains Turkey Trot, Sterling. 1-mile or 5K run/walk on Thanksgiving Day. High Plains Turkey Trot page on Facebook. Nov. 26 — Cocoa with Santa, Christ United Methodist Church, Sterling. Children can visit Santa and get a free gift. Child ID kits, refreshments and other activities. Nov. 26 — Burlington’s Kick Off to Christmas. Christmas tree lighting and open house, hot cocoa, cookies and carols. Santa will be there to light the tree. Time TBD; north end of 14th Street, Burlington. Nov. 27-28 — Little Britches

Each March, the walls of the Sterling Public Library are turned into a gallery for quilts displayed by local patrons. (Callie Jones/Journal-Advocate) Dec. 5 — Kit Carson County Carousel, Carousel Christmas 1:303:30 p.m.; 815 15th Street, Burlington Dec. 6 — Holyoke Country Christmas and Parade of Lights. See Holyoke Chamber of Commerce December 2021 Facebook page. Early December — Sweet Adelines Dec. 10 — Burlington’s Annual Windsong Chorus Concert, Sterling. Parade of Lights 7 p.m.; 14th Street, https://facebook.com/ Burlington windsongchorusSAI. Dec. 18 — Burlington’s Breakfast Early December — Master Chorale with Santa and Mrs. Claus, breakfast Concert, Sterling. https:// served 9-11 a.m. free-will donation www.facebook.com/MasterChorale. encouraged; Community and December — Christmas on the Education Center, 340 South 14 Prairie Open Houses, Overland Trail Street, Burlington Museum, Sterling. Saturdays in December — January 2022 Christmas Capital of the Plains, Jan. 1 — First Day Hike, North various events in downtown Fort Sterling State Park. Call 970-522Morgan. Usually includes ice 3657. sculpting contest, chili cook-off, free movies, Santa visits and more. February 2022 Dec. 2 — Parade of Lights, February — Northeastern Junior Downtown Sterling. See Logan College Hoops Homecoming, County Chamber of Commerce Sterling. Facebook page. March 2022 Dec. 4 — Burlington Craft Fair, 9 March — NJC Regional Art Show, a.m.-3 p.m. handmade items only, Sterling. on-site catering; Community and March 1-31 — Sterling Public Education Center, 340 South 14th Library Quilt Show, Sterling. Street, Burlington Rodeo at Bank of Colorado Pavilion at Phillips County Fairgrounds in Holyoke. Nov. 30 — Haxtun Country Christmas shopping night. https:// facebook.com/ShopLocalHaxtun/.

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April 2022

April — Art in the Square, Sterling. Info: www.facebook.com/ SterlingColoArts/ April — Sportsman Experience, Logan County Fairgrounds, Sterling. Two-day festival for outdoor recreation. Interactive demonstrations, gun show, military memorabilia. www.facebook.com/ sportsmanexperience. April — NJC Mudd Evil Dayz. Held in conjunction with Sportsman Experience, Logan County Fairgrounds. April — High Plains Secondary Schools Art Show, Northeastern Junior College, Sterling. April — NJC Annual Student Art Exhibit, Sterling. Late April — Logan County 4-H Carnival, Logan County Fairgrounds, Sterling.

May 2022

May — Friends of Sterling Public Library Used Book Sale, Logan County Fairgrounds. Call Sterling Public Library, 970-522-2023. Early May — Master Chorale Concert, Sterling. https:// www.facebook.com/MasterChorale

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Colorado Welcome Center celebrates 25th anniversary article cover image

Colorado Welcome Center celebrates 25th anniversary

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Dandelion Daze classic car show celebrates 20 years

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Wicked town, fiery history

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Cruise Night in Julesburg brings out a collection of iconic cars

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Fair and rodeo a lineup of fun

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Spend a day in Kit Carson County

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Explore rich western history on a new ‘Talking Trail

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