Chairmen for Alpine’s 23rd Annual Mountain Days are busy getting ready for Alpine’s first big summer event. Two big changes taking place this year are date and location. The date for this year’s event is June 22-24, the weekend following the traditional date of Father’s Day weekend. With the change in date also comes the change in location and the return of the event to within the Town of Alpine. Mountain Days will take place in the Alpine Civic Center and the adjoining Marge Grover Memorial Park. The Pioneer Village will be located with the Morning Star Indian Dancers nearby. Information about the event and applications for vendor booths are available online at www.alpinemountaindays.org. Area artists and crafters and food vendors are invited and encouraged to participate in the weekend’s festivities. To cover fees, the chairmen suggest local craftsmen can share a booth or seek sponsorship from an area business. Mountain Days is intended to be a showcase of handmade crafts and original artwork, especially of our local artisans. Area “mountain men” are invited to join in the festivities as exhibitors or vendors as well.
Events and activities returning this year include musical entertainment, the American Legion’s Friday night bingo, the Morning Star Indian Dancers, the children’s “Dog Bounce”, the horseshoe tournament, the beard and moustache contest, door prizes, and a general raffle. Tickets for a special raffle for an Ann LaBenne Newby carved bear are available at the Alpine Town Hall (654-7757) and at local businesses (see next week’s paper).
New this year is the impressive Eastman’s Trophy Deer Tour display which will be set up in the Civic Center and is free to the public. Additional activities and events being considered will be announced at a later date. As always, Mountain Days is expected to provide a weekend of good food, entertainment and shopping.