If you are planning a trip to Buena Vista, Colorado any time in the near future, you’ll appreciate a Spring/Summer Schedule of Events. Naturally, there will be more to add, so please check the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center website for additions or updates: BV Chamber Website
They can also give you location, directions and even contact info. If they don’t have, they’ll find it for you! Call them at 719-395-6612.
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Historic Apple Turner Farm
Buena Vista, Colorado, USA
The year was 1949 in Leadville, Colorado. Two rapscallion friends, Tom Schroeder and Mugs Ossman, conspired to create a new and unusual racing event, which was to take place during their winter Crystal Carnival. One suggestion was to up the ante by combining the pedestrian sport of skiing with a galloping horse. They met at the Ossman ranch for a trial run in knee deep snow, and Ski Joring in Leadville was born (Leadville breaks it up into two words, not one).
What is Ski Joring? It is a competition where a horse and rider pull a skier at a fast pace through a course that has gates, jumps, and rings. The skier is timed through the course where penalties are assessed by missing gates or jumps and by missing or dropping any of the rings (2 seconds per ring). Teams are made up by a random draw before the start of the race, competing for a cash prize. Ski Joring in Leadville is always the first full weekend in March.
It’s unclear where skijoring originated, however, it is believed that it began as a means of winter travel. It has evolved into a competitive sport and was even a demonstration sport in the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Skijoring today can be found in a couple of small mountain towns, after all they can’t practice this in Texas! It is a melding of two cultures, the redneck cowboy and the outdoor, high altitude athlete.
Leadville begins their 2 day prep by gathering fresh snow by the dump truck load. One hundred and twenty to be exact! They create a track right down Harrison Ave, or Highway 24 on the map, which is the length of 2 1/2 football fields. The course consists of a couple of jumps and the capture of 6 hanging rings with a jousting stick. It might sound easy, but the skier is being pulled 35-40 mph behind a 1000 pound horse and a lot can go wrong in the 16-18 second run.
Why would a skier and/or cowboy do this? Because it is an adrenaline junkies sport, of course!
LEADVILLE SKI JORING 2017
We were in Denver last weekend for a birthday party at the Hoffbrau Bar & Grill off of Wadsworth. Birthday parties are always fun, but the “icing on the cake” was the live band. Their rendition of every single song they sang was a rock’n delight! It was interesting to look at the cross section of attendees, a very eclectic mix of ages….all having a great time rock’n to the beat!
The bass was beating so hard I could feel it in my chest all the way down to my toes!
I would love to see this band perform at Buena Vista’s Gold Rush Days. They would be an awesome addition to such a great hometown celebration!
Halloween is just around the corner you know….
For years, my husband and I have enjoyed going to auctions. Other’s trash is often my treasure…..we were at an auction a couple of weeks ago and picked up several dozen interesting bottles. Some of them were rather old and now have a new home on a shelf with our other antique bottles. Some of them were just SCREAMING for repurpose! It’s that time of year to pull out the Halloween accoutrements and I had fun coming up with some scary ideas to decorate my new acquisitions with.
As a nod to the approaching holiday season, I’m including this a cappella video from you tube that is just pure fun to watch:
The unofficial count was 3200 “neighbors” breaking bread and dining together. All I know for certain is, I had a great time eating with family and friends who are very special to me and I enjoyed the mild weather and beautiful view up Cottonwood Pass.
There were so many people at this dinner that I couldn’t possibly say hi to everyone, nor take the pictures I wanted to take. To be a part of this community is a great thing for Buena Vistans and I am proud to call myself that. #BVStrong #BVRocks
Tonight, at 5:45 p.m., the Town of Buena Vista will be breaking bread and sharing a meal with their neighbors. Please join us!
This event began in 2014, a year after the Agnes Vaille Fall tragedy that took the lives of a local family, as a way to celebrate this community in a very unique way. Locals have the opportunity to host as many tables as they wish and invite as many guests as they wish.
The last time I checked, there were 400 tables reserved which comes to 3200 chairs, 1200 pounds of meat, 3120 rolls and close to $7000 in donations to cover the costs.
Hosts provide drinks, table service, side dishes and dessert. If you are at my table, you will be experiencing mac & cheese, cucumber feta salad and cherry dump cake! Can’t wait!
This community dinner occurs the last week of September, once the tourists have gone home, school is back in session, and our residents can finally catch their breath after a busy, crazy summer. It’s a time to reflect on the good in our lives and to come together in unity.
To make a donation to this event, please go to their website: