The sounds of big motorcycles assembled en masse will begin thundering through Cedaredge and across the Grand Mesa this weekend as the 30th annual Serenity Run rolls into town headed for the Aspen Trails Campground.
Aspen Trails has been the traditional center of activities for the annual Run since it adopted Cedaredge as a midsummer destination, according to Run organizers, 25 years ago. Aspen Trails owners Bill and Kim Vezzoso have been working extra hard making improvements and installing upgrades to the facilities at Aspen Trails as the Run riders begin to arrive. New menu items have made Aspen Trails a great place for locals to enjoy summertime lunches outdoors on the deck, too, once the bikers head on back down the road.
It won't be just Aspen Trails that welcomes the riders; restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, and other businesses will also benefit from the annual business boost the event brings here every summer. It might be a good idea for local residents to tank up on gas before all the weekend traffic arrives needing to refuel at the town's only gas pumps.
Other campgrounds, motels, bed and breakfasts and private homes will all play host to Ride participants during four days of Serenity Run activities.
For any local residents interested in details of the event, organizers usually begin posting notices and the schedule of activities around midweek before the riders arrive. Those activities have traditionally begun on Thursday evening with a free welcoming dinner hosted at the Cedaredge Assembly of God.
The Grand Mesa Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9221 of Cedaredge will be hosting its two days of pancake breakfasts on Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1. The breakfasts are from 7 to 10 a.m.
The people of Cedaredge and the surrounding community have been responsible for making the event a success with their open arms welcome for the bikers, and especially for the clean and sober lifestyles they have adopted and that are the spiritual focus of the run. There are 12-step meetings scheduled throughout the event.
There is almost always a poker run that draws riders away from town to view the great local scenery from other perspectives. There is usually a speaker and a Saturday evening dance at the Civic Center. And, there is always the Saturday motorcycle parade through town for which local residents line the streets to cheer their support for riders' efforts at changing the world beginning with improving their own lives and persons first.
Other features of the event have traditionally included bike games at some nearby location,
Many of the Serenity Run riders will bid farewell to Cedaredge on Sunday, Aug. 2, and head directly for Sturgis, S.D. for the 75th anniversary of the most famous Harley Davidson rally of them all which begins this year on Aug. 3.
The International Serenity Run describes Cedaredge to its members as follows: "This beautiful town has been the home of the International Serenity Run for 25 years. We are grateful that we will be returning there in 2015 to celebrate our 30th International Serenity Run in our favorite place in Colorado."
The organization goes on to remind its members on its website of rules of conduct to be observed: "Everyone Has Rules: No Booze - No Drugs - No Dogs -- No ATV's - No Dirt bikes - No Camp Fires - No Littering - No public nudity - Be Nice to all you meet!"
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.