Clear Skies, Full Stomachs, Can’t Lose!

Hundreds return to St. Mary’s summertime festival

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/19/21

There’s not much better than a day of live music, food, artwork and racing surrounded by mountains and a bluebird sky. St. Mary’s annual GlacierFest returned Saturday, as hundreds of Clear Creek …

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Clear Skies, Full Stomachs, Can’t Lose!

Hundreds return to St. Mary’s summertime festival

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There’s not much better than a day of live music, food, artwork and racing surrounded by mountains and a bluebird sky.

St. Mary’s annual GlacierFest returned Saturday, as hundreds of Clear Creek residents and visitors made the drive up Fall River Road to enjoy fresh air and sunshine on the shores of Silver Lake.

“We’re so happy to share our home with others,” co-organizer and St. Mary’s resident Carolyn Hohne said.

While she was unsure of the exact number of attendees, Hohne said she and her co-organizers typically plan for 2,000. In the first few hours of the event, she estimated several hundred had already stopped through.

St. Mary’s Sierra Erickson, who was hosting an artwork booth called The Glacier Haus, said: “It’s exciting to have all these people back up here.”

Along with various vendors and live music, the event featured the third annual ore cart races. The team named Dispensary Exit 243 placed first out of the seven teams that participated this year, which Hohne said was an increase from the 2018 and 2019 races.

Meanwhile, Alice’s Stuart Cousins was listening to the High Country Blues Rockers perform as the ore cart races were concluding. Even though he’s lived in Alice for several years, he’d never attended GlacierFest until Saturday.

“I decided to see what it was like,” he said, adding that he was having fun.

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