PHOTO ESSAY: Colorfest 2015

Had a Super Fun Weekend at Colorfest 2015.  The splendid weather intensified the perfect mix for taste, sound and sight.  Friday night kicked off the weekend with a “Passport to Pagosa Wine and Food Festival” — a sold out crowd (300+) with a large number of out of town visitors enjoyed a night of fantastic flavors… dozens of wines to choose from, and tasty food from a variety of our local Pagosa restaurants…

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The ever popular Bob Hemenger polished the soiree with his sweet sax sounds.  There’s already talk to get a bigger tent and add the number of tickets available for next year.

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Saturday morning, Hot Springs Boulevard turns into a rush hour of spectators witnessing a spectacular early morning mass balloon ascension.  Skies were clear, blue and the balloon colors combined — as vivid as it gets.

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I usually photograph this event from a distance, away from the crowds, but up close and personal, I saw so many young children. Imagine how amazing the experience is, if you have never seen this before.  So many cameras, almost everyone has one.  Really, a thrilling experience at any age… and the thrill never gets old, no matter how many times you experience it.

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The afternoon was packed with entertainment in the tent at Town Park, for the Bands & Brews fest where three bands thumped the tent for over four hours:  San Juan Mountain Boys, SoulShine and The High Rollers.

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And then there was BEER.  Actually 10 micro-brews and one vodka.  A solid contingent of local Pagosa brewers… but Durango, Salida, Bayfield, Poncha Springs and Taos were also represented. Everyone received a commemorative glass and drank till the dance floor was full.

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Huge Smiles were attached to the entire weekend.  This was the 30th Annual Pagosa Springs Colorfest… definitely a one of the best on record and one to greatly commemorate the long tenure.  Kudos to Amanda, Angela, Cheryl and Clint from The Pagosa Chamber who orchestrated the event.

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