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From grads to Little Britches, Cedaredge is bustling in May

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The area is getting ready for a spring season that will bring many activities for residents and visitors to participate in.

Starting off the spring season this week is the annual Pioneer Town Clean Up Days. Volunteers are busy with brooms and dust cloths, sprucing up the 25 buildings that comprise the museum complex in anticipation of its opening on May 28.

On May 4, the town will conduct a tour of Cedaredge's new sewer treatment plant in the morning.

On Saturday, May 7, the Main Street farmers' and artisans' market at Millennium Wellness next to US Bank is opening for the season at 9 a.m. The address is 175 E. Main Street.

The next event on the radar is graduation at Cedaredge High School on Sunday, May 15. The ceremony is earlier than usual, and takes place at the high school beginning at 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 21, is free day at the Adobe Buttes landfill, a "must-do" event on the schedule for lots of people. With spring cleanup chores on most folks' to-do list, a trip to the dump will be a priority.

On Tuesday, May 24, the Cedaredge High School marching band and choir will give a marching musical performance through downtown Cedaredge followed by an hour-long concert at Town Park's Centennial Bandstand. It will all begin at 6 p.m. downtown and proceed directly to Town Park, organizers report. The performance is a preview of the one the group will be giving over the Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C., at the nation's Memorial Day Celebration. The musicians were invited to participate in the nation's celebration a year ago and have hosted many fundraisers to help pay for the trip. The local performance on May 24 is a way for the group to say "thank you" to the community for its support of the trip.

On Wednesday, May 25, there will be a "Solarize Delta County" event at 4B's Brewery. It is being dubbed a "solar cocktail hour and meet the installer" get-together for local residents "interested in learning about solar energy for their homes or businesses." It is being sponsored by Delta County Economic Development and will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, May 27, the Grand Mesa Visitor Center will open for the season. That means it's time to get out all those summer alpine excursion supplies and the camping gear for seasonal activities and adventures on the mesa..

Saturday, May 28, is the start of a big Memorial Day weekend with lots of events scheduled. The premier events will be held in conjunction with the annual Heritage Days season opening at Pioneer Town. Events will include the entire museum complex and will be centered at the Byway Welcome Center.

There will be a still pony parade along theboardwalk of Pioneer Town's Old Main Stree, sponsored by the Cedaredge Public Library. The parade will include decorating pre-made ponies at Doris's dollhouse. Details are available at the library, 399-7674. And, at the same time as the pony parade, in the Stolte Shed, the Genealogy Club will be offering a Genealogy Bootcamp. The library staff has the times on that also.

Saturday, May 28, also brings the annual Western Slope Little Britches Rodeo to town. Young rodeoers from around the region will be competing for pride, points, and prizes as they compete with hopes of appearing in the big National Finals later in the summer. There will be four performances and the public is welcome and invited to attend them all. On Saturday, the rodeo action begins at 6 p.m. Two big shows take place on Sunday, May 29 beginning at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The final performance will be at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 30.

Saturday, May 28, from 7 to 10:30 a.m., the Grand Mesa VFW Post and Auxiliary #9221 will host a pancake breakfast at the Stolte Shed. The event will commemorate Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day.

Also on May 28, the Chamber of Commerce is planning a street dance downtown in conjunction with the rodeo events. The Ghost River Band will perform from 7 to 9 p.m.

Monday, May 30, the traditional Memorial Day services are usually announced for the three Surface Creek Valley cemeteries the week prior.

Stretching the spring-summer events schedule just a bit into June, the Celebrate Cedaredge Street Fair will take place on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Also on June 4 and in conjunction with the street fair will be the annual running of the Thunder Mountain 5K Fun Run/Walk hosted by the Cedaredge Rotary Club. The event stages in the northwest corner of Town Park for an 8 a.m. start. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for those under 12 years old. Call John Meiklejohn at 778-2868.

The Apple Blossom Bike Ride fundraiser for local Boy Scouts will be taking off from the Lions Pavilion at Town Park at 8 a.m. with registration prior to the event. The Chamber of Commerce, 856-6961 has details.

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