Sweetwater County, Wyo., Announces Top 5 Things About Wyoming’s Big Show

Western Wyoming’s biggest affair, the Sweetwater County Fair,
brings back big fun July 31-Aug. 7

clip_image004Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Wyoming’s Big Show is kind of a big deal, and today Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism announced the top five reasons why. The local favorite, which will take place July 31-Aug. 7 this year, draws people to the area from surrounding counties and states. In the past few years, Wyoming’s Big Show – The Sweetwater County Fair – has been named the number one summer event in Wyoming by Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine, and it is recognized among the top 200 events in the nation by Events Business News.

Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism has this inside scoop on what makes Wyoming’s Big Show so great. Continue reading

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Smithsonian Names Mesa Verde Country’s Mancos (Colo.) Best Small Town to Visit in 2016

cows on grandSouthwest Colorado town located just six miles from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park–

Cortez, Colo. – Mesa Verde Country today announced that one of its communities, Mancos, has been named to the Smithsonian’s “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016” list. In honor of the National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary, the list includes towns that are close to America’s national treasures. Mancos is just a 10-minute drive from the entrance to the famed Mesa Verde National Park.

When famous American novelist Louis L’Amour wrote about the West, more often than not, he was talking about the Mancos River Valley. Continue reading

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces Top Summer Festivals & Events

Jazz FestivalColorado’s Favorite Playground hosts an event every weekend
during the summer to entertain visitors, no matter their taste –

Winter Park, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber today announced its list of signature summertime events. From iconic celebrations like Jazz Fest to celebrations that capitalize on Winter Park’s Mountain Bike Capital USA™ moniker, Winter Park has something to suit every taste this summer. Continue reading

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Mesa Verde Country Announces 2016 Summer, Fall Events Line-up

cowboy balloon low resSouthwest Colorado destination invites visitors to celebrate summer at fun, family-friendly festivals–

Cortez, Colo. – Mesa Verde Country today announced dates and information for its upcoming signature events. The communities of Cortez, Dolores and Mancos, Colo., offer visitors a taste of Mesa Verde Country at fun festivals distinctive to the area surrounding Mesa Verde National Park and the other cultural treasures that make Mesa Verde Country such a remarkable place to visit.

57th Annual Mancos Days – July 29-31
Over 50 years of Mancos community pride is celebrated with food, outdoor entertainment, music and more. Continue reading

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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Offers a Bounty of BLM “Quiet Recreation” Opportunities

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-New Pew study shows people come to Wyoming to camp, hike, bike and more -

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – According to a recent study published by ECONorthwest for The Pew Charitable Trusts, public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Western United States provide a wealth of recreational opportunities – like hiking, boating, fishing, mountain biking and camping – for visitors, as well as an economic draw for area communities. The study found that “quiet recreation” – those activities that don’t require the use of motorized equipment – attracted nearly 2 million people to Wyoming in 2014. Continue reading

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Grand County Announces Summer Rodeo Season

high country young girl-Grand County continues 100 years of rodeo tradition and Western-style family fun-

Granby, Colo. – Grand County, Colo., announced today its schedule of rodeo events for summer 2016. It’s a special season as the town of Kremmling celebrates the 100th year of its Middle Park Fair & Rodeo, Aug. 11-14. The towns of Granby and Winter Park/Fraser also bring their annual dirt-flying, hat-waving, rip-roaring rodeo action back to the arena in June and July. Grand County has bareback riding, calf roping, mutton bustin’, barrel racing and bull riding all summer long – city slickers and greenhorns welcome. Continue reading

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Cheers to Summer in Grand Junction with Five Happy Hour Hikes

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Longer days, and cooler evenings make summer in Grand Junction the perfect time to enjoy a late-afternoon hike. Located in Colorado’s Wine Country, just a few hours west of Denver, Grand Junction sits amid one of the most beautiful outdoor playgrounds in the country. In a landscape dramatically different from anywhere else in Colorado, surrounded by rivers, canyons, mesas and mountains to explore, there’s no shortage of trails to seek out. Continue reading

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces 34th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival, July 16-17

Jazz_Symbols– Lineup in Colorado’s Favorite PlaygroundTM includes
The Isley Brothers and Anthony Hamilton; tickets go on sale April 1 –

Winter Park, Colo. – Today, the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber announced the dates, lineup and early bird ticket sales information for the 34th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival. The event is part of the Odell Brewing Company Summer Concert Series, which is presented by Colorado Access. It will be held in Hideaway Park, located in downtown Winter Park, July 16-17.

The headliner for the Saturday, July 16 performance is The Isley Brothers. The group’s distinguished history spanned not only two generations of Isley siblings, but also massive cultural shifts which heralded their music’s transformation from gritty R&B to Motown soul to blistering funk. The Isleys have delighted music fans from the massive 1973’s hit with their rock-funk fusion cover of their own earlier single “Who’s That Lady,” retitled “That Lady, Pt. 1,” to R&B chart-topper singles like “The Pride” (1977), “Take Me to the Next Phase, Pt. 1” (1978), “I Wanna Be with You, Pt. 1″ (1979), and “Don’t Say Goodnight” (1980).

The Sunday, July 17 headliner is Anthony Hamilton, who is an American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer who rose to fame with his platinum-selling second studio album “Comin’ from Where I’m From” (2003), which featured the title track single “Comin’ from Where I’m From” and the follow-up “Charlene.” He is also known for the song “Freedom” from the soundtrack album of the movie “Django Unchained,” which was co-written and sung as a duo with indie soul singer Elayna Boynton. Hamilton was the 2008 Grammy Award winner for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. Staying current, his new album, “What I’m Feelin’,” is now available for pre-order featuring the single “Amen.” He has an impressive fan base of 473,000 followers on Twitter.

Jazz Festival tickets go on sale Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. (MST) and may be purchased by calling the Jazz Festival Box Office at (888) 409-5974 or online at http://www.altitudetickets.com/event-groups/34th-annual-winter-park-jazz-festival/.

Both general admission tickets and V.I.P. tickets are available. The early bird cost of a general admission ticket is $50 and $70 for V.I.P. tickets. Back again this year, an add-on for Express Lane allows festival-goers quick access into Hideaway Park before the main gates open at 10 a.m. (first 500 attendees). The early bird cost is $25 in advance with ticket purchase. This is an add-on ticket in addition to either a general admission or V.I.P. ticket.

Executive Director of the Chamber, Catherine Ross, says this year’s event is indicative of the quality music this summer festival has come to represent. “For over three decades the Winter Park Jazz Festival has been a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike,” she says. “From the intimate venue in the heart of Winter Park to the well-known national and regional acts, the Jazz Festival is a really special celebration.”

34th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival Lineup (www. JazzWinterPark.com)
Gates open daily at 10 a.m. for general admission & VIP. Show 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 16

  • THE ISLEY BROTHERS
  • KIRK WHALUM
  • MASTERS OF FUSION featuring ALEX BURGNON, CHIELI MINUCCI, GERALD VEASLEY
  • Jonathan Fritzen/Vincent Ingala
  • HAZEL MILLER

Sunday, July 17

  • ANTHONY HAMILTON
  • Gerald Albright/Jonathan Butler
  • DOTSERO
  • WHAT’S COOKIN’ JAZZ BAND
  • Plus, more acts to come!

 

Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce (www.PlayWinterPark.com)
The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park and Fraser valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.

Contacts:
Diane Ehlert, Winter Park & Fraser Chamber, 970.283.3548, dehlert@playwinterpark.com

Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.531.2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com

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Grand County Tourism Board Announces Seasonal Discounts on Dude Ranch Vacations

- Families enjoy Western-style all-inclusive vacations at discounted rates in the “Dude Ranch Capital of the United States”

Click here to see YouTube video of Grand County in action!

Granby, Colo. – Grand County, Colo., announced special rates for families and couples at each of its four world-class dude ranches this summer. Located just 90 minutes west of Denver, these all-inclusive vacation spots are ideal for week-long getaways where fun is served up for the whole family, alongside Old West hospitality and the rustic beauty of the Colorado Rockies. Continue reading

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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Announces Top 5 Family-Friendly Activities

- Southwest Wyoming was born to play! Learn why. -

 

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County in Southwest Wyoming has thousands of acres of public land, trail systems galore and more that add up to limitless family fun. Whether travelers are passing through on their way to one of the West’s most notable national parks or making Sweetwater County their final destination, here are the top 5 ways families can play in Southwest Wyoming this summer. Continue reading

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