Fair raises $600 for Historical Society

       The third annual garden/craft fair (and bake sale) earned more than $600 for the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) June 23 at Bancroft Park, according to volunteer organizer Jo Cervone.
       Hundreds of visitors listened to live music and shopped at 31 craft booths during the eight-hour event.
       By far the largest item on display was the fiberglass-constructed, 150-pound Sparky the Elk. Part of the Rocky Mountain Elk Tour 2007, the replica is one of 15 - each painted with different artwork - that can be found throughout Teller County this year. The tour promotes Teller County, lets people know about the locations of the elk herd and raises money for county schools.
       The sponsor of the Sparky at the OCCHS fair was a Cascade store called Born of the Flames, which sells artistic souvenirs made from trees that burned in Teller's Hayman fire five years ago.
       Laurie Haderlie and Ginger Krabbenhoft, whose land was burned in the fire, were representing the store. “We decided to turn this around as much as we could,” Haderlie said, describing how products are created from the blaze's ruin.
       The fair also included displays in the historic Garvin Cabin, a booth manned by the Friends of Red Rock Canyon volunteer group and participation by some CSU Master Gardeners. Music was provided for about two hours by the Talking Trees drumming group and the Serendipity Peak Dulcimers.
       There was less emphasis on plants than in the first two years of the OCCHS fair. According to Cervone, plant sales did not go well at last year's event, so the volunteer association decided this year only to sell the relatively small number of plants that were donated.

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