SAGUACHE — On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Saguache Chamber of Commerce held the 28th annual Fall Festival and Quilt Show in Otto Mears Park. It is held every year on the third weekend in September.
The festival began at 9 a.m. with vendors and live music all day for the enjoyment of the crowds. Hay bales were set up around the pavilion for people to sit and listen to a variety of live bands, including Sandy Wells, the Dusty Mountain Boys, Andy Hackbarth, and Ahgadaze.
Food, art, crafts, and other items were for sale by local vendors from throughout the San Luis Valley.
The Saguache volunteer firefighters also had a food booth set up with the proceeds going to the department.
The Salida Circus was also seen entertaining the crowd with juggling acts and stilt walking.
The family-friendly event was a break from the pressures of the harvest season, with many expressing their enjoyment of the sunny day.
“It’s great to be out here socializing again,” an attendee commented.
Several vendors also commented how good it was to be able to sell their goods at a live festival.
Inside the community building were many fine quilts on display, with some available for purchase, and the work of the Saguache Sagebrush Quilters was shown as well. The quilts ranged from traditional to more modern themed in design.
A silent auction was also held and is the only annual fundraiser for the Saguache Chamber of Commerce. A drawing was held for a handmade quilt, which was beautifully displayed.
Happy faces were seen enjoying the variety of food, music, art and fun all day.