Delta groups promote western Colorado at Denver show

By Annette Brand


Representatives from Delta County, Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and Delta County Economic Development (DCED) were present during the Outdoor Retailer Show at the Denver Convention Center Jan. 25-28.

Representatives from Montrose County and Mesa County also joined in promoting western Colorado.

"The Outdoor Retailer Show was an opportunity for outdoor manufacturers to display their products and retailers to place orders for next year's inventory," explained Elyse Casselberry, community and economic development director for Delta County.

"We were there to talk to manufacturers about why they should do business in our region," Casselberry said. "We spoke to a lot of manufacturers and media about Delta and the region. I think the exposure for our county was excellent."

Representing Delta County were Commissioner Don Suppes and Casselberry from Delta County government, Darnell Place-Wise with the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, and Stacey Voight with DCED.

Several Delta County business representatives brought along some of their products for visitors to sample.

Rocking W Cheese and Milk brought cheese samples, Steve Ela and the Ela Family brought dried fruit and jam, and Jeff Schwartz brought Big B's Juices.

Mark Eckhart exhibited one of the folding long-haul kayaks he manufactures in the Cedaredge area.

DCED and Delta Area Chamber contributed a great amount of time in the process of bringing the Outdoor Show to the Denver Convention Center. The county commissioners expressed their appreciation to John Gavan, chairman of DCED, for sending Stacey Voight to the show and to Portia Vigil, chairman of the Delta Area Chamber, for sending Darnell Place-Wise to the show.

Casselberry said they were told there were over 1,000 vendors and tens of thousands of visitors at the show.

Commissioner Suppes said he would like for the county participants to discuss whether the county would like to do this again in the future, and also to consider participating in the summer show, since there was heavy emphasis on ski-related businesses at the winter show.