Spice Things Up

This year's Creede Salsa Fiesta isn't just about five different categories of dip — red, green, freestyle, hot tamale and fruit. And although — as at Fiestas past — attendees will be able to purchase a ticket from the Creede and Mineral County Chamber of Commerce Office, 1207 North Main Street, then walk through downtown to participating businesses and sample the salsas, there's much more going on than meets the eye. Yes, there will be live music and a children's area, complete with arts and crafts, piñatas and fun activities that kids love. But there's also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Creede history.

"We had a fire here in December of last year," reveals executive director Brenda Maze. Three businesses in Creede's downtown were affected. "There had to be a barricade built on the sidewalk so that people were not in the way of demolition," Maze explains, "a large eight-foot-tall plywood fence that we encouraged local artists to paint." Pieces of the fence are up for auction today; the fiesta runs from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. today and tomorrow. Visit www.creede.comfor information.
Sat., Sept. 1

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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