FREDERICK — Even a celebration for those who make their living underground needs a little bit of good weather, and that’s exactly what visitors to the 11th Annual Miners Day got: sunshine and clear skies.
The crowd gathered Sept 21 at Crist Park to honor Frederick’s mining tradition and to enjoy games, music and food just weeks after severe flooding closed roads and bridges in the area.
Frederick Mayor Tony Carey said these road closures led to a modified parade route.
“It was important to us to continue forward with this event that will hopefully provide our community with a much needed respite from the issues caused by the flood and a chance for the community to join together to celebrate our past and future during a difficult time,” Carey said. “We have made changes to the portions of the event that would have closed Colorado Boulevard originally, as we know folks are using that as an alternate route due to road closures right now.”
The Red Cross was on hand collecting donations for those affected by the flooding. The bike and car show by the Rebel Rodders of Colorado also collected canned goods for Weld County Food Bank.
Roberta Feltman, who attended the event with her family, said it felt good to support those who were hardest hit by the storm.
“We had flooding in our basement, but it wasn’t bad. But some of our neighbors lost a lot more,” Feltman said. “And we can bring the kids out to play in the park and also donate to the people who are in worse shape than us.”
In addition to a new route for the parade, flooding forced the town to use an alternate location for the evenings fireworks at Centennial Park.
New to this year’s event was a bike rodeo hosted by Bike Colorado, which let kids swerve through an obstacle course. A popular attraction from last year’s event, the children’s bungee trampoline gave kids a bird’s eye view of the festivities.
“That was the their favorite,” Feltman said of her two children. “They saw them setting it up yesterday, and that was the first thing they wanted to try.”
This year’s musical offering featured artists in a wide variety of styles, including headliner The Hazel Miller Band, which took the stage before the fireworks show. The Big Band era was honored with Tuxedo Junction, before Ealges-tribute band The Long Run rocked through the afternoon.
An opening ceremony honoring the community’s living miners set the tone for Miners Day , celebrating the hard work of Frederick’s founding residents.
Tony Sanchez, using a four-at-a-time technique, took top honor in the hot dog eating contest, consuming 18 hot dogs in three minutes.
Frederick’s newest canine officer, K9 Buran, made an appearance during a Frederick police demonstration, with officer Andy Fairbanks wearing a new extended bite suit.
The town would like to thank the sponsors of this year’s Miners Day, including Encana Oil and Gas, K.P. Kauffman Company, Inc., Stevinson Lexus of Frederick, Echo Brewing, St. Vrain Sanitation District, United Power. Silver Sponsors: Carbon Valley Consumer Report, Carbon Valley Farmer & Miner, Carbon Valley Medical Center, Chick-fil-A at Larkridge, Community Development Group, Indian Peaks Medical Center, Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Carbon Valley Recreation District, Coal Ridge Animal Hospital, Cornerstone Property Sales/Managers, Creative Years Learning Center, Flexx Productions, Halcyon Design – Architecture/Graphics, Halleck-Willard, Inc., Howe Mortuary, Main Squeeze Lemonade, Ramey Environmental Compliance, Temperature Processing Co., Inc.