Variety comes to the Lake George Extravaganza

by N. W. Oliver Special to Courier
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The annual Lake George Extravaganza, scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 15-18, will draw both community members and visitors to the mountain town of Lake George.

The “Extravaganza” will offer all types of family-style entertainment at the Lake George Community Park, located just off of U.S. 24 in Lake George.

There will be a tractor pull, library used book sale, flea market and craft sale, games and fun kids’ activities, and a spaghetti supper. Food vendors will also be available to offer up breakfast and lunch for visitors.

The annual Lake George Gem and Mineral Show, attracting seasoned geologists and amateur rockhounds from across the country, also includes itself as part of the event.

Tractor pull

In conjunction with the Extravaganza, visitors will be able to see the Stock Antique Tractor Pull sponsored by the Arkansas Valley Flywheelers which is now in its 18th year.

Over 40 tractors from as far away as Pueblo, Westcliff, Canon City, Salida, Colorado Springs and Denver are expected to compete along with many local entries from Lake George, Florissant and Woodland Park.

A parking lot full of antique tractors with stationary, active engines will also be on display.

Spectators will be able to view the competition from a covered grandstand as antique tractors dated from as early as 1917 up to 1963 pull a weighted sled.

Eight different classes with two different hitch heights will have participants compete for ribbons.

Weigh-in begins at 8 am on Saturday, with the pull competition beginning at 11 a.m. In addition to the tractor pull, there will be free children’s rides on a barrel train pulled by a tractor.

For more information on the tractor pull contact Ed Adams at 719-748-8383 or Bob Gilley at 719-748-8043 or check out the website at www.avflywheelers.com.

Gem and Mineral Show

Across the street from the park, the Gem and Mineral Show, hosted by the Lake George Gem & Mineral Club, begins on Thursday, Aug. 15 and continues over the entire weekend with excellent gem and mineral specimen displays from across the world.

The Gem and Mineral Show consists of 30-40 dealers with minerals, fossils, jewelry, lapidary, and local specimens of amazonite, smoky quartz, topaz and more. Admission will be free and free parking will be located next to the post office. Vendor hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information text or phone Dan Alfrey at 719-440-6234 or email: AlfreyDan@aol.com.

Library used book sale

During the two-day extravaganza the Lake George Branch of the Park County Library will hold its annual used book sale to benefit the library’s programs.

According to librarian Kim Plutt, there will be lots of quality used books, both fiction and non-fiction.

Donations of books will be accepted and appreciated leading up to and throughout the weekend.

Flea Market and Craft Sale

Event attendees will also be able to shop and eat at the park pavilion, which will host a flea market and craft fair.

Food vendors will also be on hand with breakfast and lunch offerings.

For more information on the used book sale or for table reservations for the flea market and craft sale, call Kim Plutt at 719-748-3812 or Evelyn Adams at 719-748-8383.

Spaghetti Supper

Also in conjunction with the Extravaganza, the Lake George Fire Protection District will hold its annual spaghetti supper fundraiser beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the firehouse.

Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and a drink will be served for a small donation to benefit the fire protection district.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Florissant Jammers.

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