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Smoking River Pow Wow

This year saw the 2nd annual Smoking River Pow Wow in Meeker. I went to Friday night’s opening ceremonies, and it was breathtaking. The Native American dancers are very talented, and one can’t help reflecting that these very dances and songs graced the valley hundreds of years ago. I would love to have seen the original inhabitants of the area do their dances and music, but I this is as close as I could get. I think that it is great that we’re building relationships with the descendants of the Utes that were sent to Utah in the early 1900’s. If you didn’t make it this year, I highly recommend going next year. Check out the post at the Meeker Chamber.

The following is from 9/28/09.

The Utes called the White River “Smoking Earth River” for the clouds of mist that rise from the water on cool mornings. They were removed from northwest Colorado in the late 1800s. Smoking River Pow Wow brings them back to their ancestral homeland to honor their culture, heritage and traditions.

Our pow wow will include contest dancing and drumming, as well as food and craft vendors. Please bring a lawn chair and shade; (no pets or alcohol) admission is free.

Smoking River Pow Wow 2008

Scrub Shirt Classic

Each year to kick off the Fall Festival, Pioneers Medical Center puts on a 5k race called the Scrub Shirt Classic. This race includes, a 5k run and a 5k walk. This year was the 4th annual race. As a volunteer, I get to see the whole thing from start to finish. It is a lot of fun, getting everything together and enjoying the race. There about 40 people in the race this year, not a huge turnout, but hopefully next year gets bigger. The weather was awesome, nice crisp fall weather warming up later in the day. Remember, next year you can pre-register online.

Fall Festival

Mountain Valley Bank put on the 4th annual Fall Festival on Saturday. The Fall Festival focuses on the non-profit and charity organizations in town. These organizations put up booths for everything from throwing darts at balloons to getting flu shots. There is always plenty of food and fun. I didn’t get to stay long, but I can’t wait for next year.

The Herald Times 9/24/09
Meeker Chamber of Commerce