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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Local Holiday Activities and Celebrations

Start off your holiday season with carolers, hot cocoa, crafts, Santa and Mrs. Claus, train rides and more at the City of Wheat Ridge Holiday Celebration, one dozens of local holiday clebrations. PHOTO: BECKY OLSTAD

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FRONT PAGE NEWS: WCCA Beautification Project #2

West Colfax Community Association Transformed the landscaping in front of Rockley Music for its second Business Beautification Project of the year. More than 20 volunteers with help from Calahan Construction accomplished the task in three hours one Saturday in October. PHOTO COURTESY OF WCCA

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2017 NEIGHBORHOOD DINING: Beer, Coffee Brew Up Seasonal Flavors

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WEST COLFAX SKETCHES: Going, Going, Googie: Richard Crowther’s West Colfax Legacy

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The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival – set for July 29 and 30 at Sloans Lake – has been nominated as one of Motel 6’s “Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals,” a distinction shared with the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw & Festival (Prairie Du Sac, Wisc.) and the Watermelon Thump (Luling, Texas).

How did the nation’s largest dragon boat festival end up sharing the honor with events featuring feces-flinging and watermelon-spitting?

According the hotel chain’s press release, Motel 6 and its spokes-voice Tom Bodett “considered a long list of one-of-a-kind American summer festivals and selected six finalists based on individuality of theme and exemplary attendee offerings.”

It’s the second summer the hotel chain has curated and issued the list, which this year also includes Mule Days (Bishop, Calif.), WestFest (Chicago) and Twin Days (Twinsburg, Ohio).

Perhaps not surprisingly, the press release also directed travelers to the hotel chain’s properties nearest each festival.

In recognition of their achievement, each festival committee will receive an honorary plaque, according to the hotel chain.