Yampa hosting revived community picnic today

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Yampa's sixth annual "My Hometown" Community Picnic

  • Thursday, July 3, 2008, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Yampa, Yampa, CO
  • All ages / $3 - $10

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— Pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans and coleslaw. Some things never go out of style, including the menu at tonight's sixth annual "My Hometown" Community Picnic in Yampa.

Yampa began holding the annual picnic again in 2003, after Yampa-Egeria Historical Museum volunteer curator Wendy Moreau found decades-old newspaper clippings about the town's former tradition.

"It's actually the same menu they had back then," Yampa town employee Nora Phillips said. "We're keeping it going for old time's sake."

In addition to the picnic at Yackey Park, where dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., Blast From the Past will be on hand, offering horse-drawn carriage rides from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Phillips said.

Before the first plate of barbecue is served at the community picnic, Yampa resident Rita Harold will lead a historical walking tour beginning at 2 p.m. at Yackey Park. Harold's family has lived in Yampa since the 1880s, and she draws a lot from stories told by her grandfather and uncle, she said.

Stops on the tour will include the jail and buildings on Moffat Avenue. The tour will circle around town and end back at Yackey Park, Harold said.

"All the buildings that I talk about on the tour are 1930s or earlier," Harold said. "I tell some of the history of the buildings, but also some of the stories and legends about the people that were there at the time."

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203

or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

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