What I See...

A mountain perspective by Forrest Whitman

I See Great August Fairs

I see where at the Gilpin County Fair (Aug. 19 & 20) dogs will be doing tricks. (dog agility is always a laugh). I see where all rides are free!  I see where there will be log splitting, pie eating, and other traditional events along with an ATV rodeo. Boulder and Jefferson Counties have great fairs also and I see I'm at Boulder Fair this year.  County fairs are great! I see there will be 4-H rodeo at the Gilpin Fair with prizes.  I see there's even a prize at the talent contest for Youth, Teen and Adult categories. These fairs make August special in the high country.

I see exchange students having a hard time

The newly toughened entry requirements for travelers arriving at DIA are having a big negative effect or so I see. I see foreign exchange students coming to the high country being turned away (like eight German exchange students put back on their plane last week). I see some of our high country schools having less diversity this year as a result.

I See Films And Cemeteries Too

I see a neat line up of films at the Nederland Community Center every Friday and Saturday night. Summer, so I see, is a great time to get out and see them. There's a nice mixture of kids flicks and more adult fare, or so I see from the schedule.

I see folks visiting the cemeteries up above Central City too. The annual Cemetery crawl is  August 27 at the Bald Mountain Cemetery. I see where a free shuttle will take you up there. Tickets are still only $10 I see when you buy them in advance at the Historical museum. One family I saw even had set up three tripods to take photos. Apparently the kids were into photography too. I see where the historical museum in Central City gives cemetery information.

I See Back To School Bargain Shopping

I see whee the first day of school for most mountain districts is Aug. 14. I see mountain folks going bargain hunting as school time approaches. I see Ermil's Boutique is the “used everything” store on Eureka Street in Central City. I see Amazing things there. Also the “new to you” stores in Nederland seem to be doing a huge business if what I see is right. I see where Idaho Springs has a new shop also. I see mountain folks are a thrifty lot for sure.

That's What I See For This August. It will be monsoon season as always, so pack your rain gear so I don't see you wet!

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