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DACONO — Part of Fort Lupton’s character can always be found in Trapper Days, the annual celebration of small town life that, in turn, takes its identity from a new theme selected each year.
In 2012, the theme for Trapper Days was “Deeply Rooted, Growing Stronger,” and in 2013, it was “Looking Forward Through the Lens of Our Past.”
This year, Mona Sandoval, who is organizing the event, sought the assistance of Weld Re-8 Superintendent Mark Payler to determine a theme for the 2014 Trapper Days. An invitation was presented to all Re-8 schools to submit a slogan using the overall theme of celebrating the cultural diversity of our community.
Ten great entries were received and Sandoval thanked everyone who participated. This year’s winner is Quest Academy, in Dacono, for their entry of “The Fort Lupton Tapestry: A Beautiful Blend of Past, Present and People!”
In a press release, Joan Dann, a teacher with Quest Academy, explained how the theme selected by the students was a good fit for the event, now in its 38th year.
“A tapestry is a lovely wall hanging consisting of many various colors of threads to create a beautiful scene,” Dann said. “We feel like Fort Lupton is like this tapestry. The Quest students will be using their $100 to help support their Spirit Days and activities for our schools.”
There is a lot packed into a one-weekend celebration with this year’s event beginning on Friday, September 5th and Historic Park.
The Yellow Ball Classic Golf Tournament at Coyote Creek Golf Course will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Friday night, a “Party in the Park” will be held at Koshio Park with food, family entertainment, music, dancing, and games. Saturday will begin with an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the South Platte Valley Historical Society at Fire Station #1.
A Tractor Pull will take place at the Historic Park as well as the Quilt Show and Handmade Crafts being featured at the Fort Lupton Library. The 12th In Bike & Car Show, Bar-b-que, Silent Auction and Bonfils Blood Drive will be taking place at the corner of Highway 52 and Denver Avenue.
The parade down Denver Avenue to Second Street will be followed by an array of booths offering food items, as well as arts, crafts, games, entertainment and a beer garden sponsored by the American Legion.
The Street Dance will be held on Denver Avenue and Fourth Street sponsored by Wholly Stromboli. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with the Optimist Club’s “Ducks Along The Rockies” race at Weld County Road 6 and 19.
Fort Lupton Mayor Tommy Holton praised the efforts of Trapper Days organizers past and present.
“Many thanks to all those who, over the years, put their hearts and souls to keep this community celebration going,” Holton said. “Because of their efforts, our Trapper Days continues to be a popular, well-attended event.”