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Yampa centennial concludes

End of town's birthday party includes tours, train rides, art show

What: Operation Lifesaver Passenger Train toursWhen: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Where: Colorado Highway 131 near Weston’s Country Corner StoreOf interest: People will be allowed to climb into the engine and speak with an engineer about railroad safety programs. The Union Pacific Mini-Train will be taking people for rides across Yampa.

What: Historic walking tour of Yampa led by local historian Rita HeroldWhen: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Where: The tour will begin at Yackey Park across the street from the Yampa-Egeria Museum, 100 Main St.

What: Yampa Fire Protection District and Ambulance open houseWhen: Noon to 4 p.m.Where: Yampa Fire Station and Ambulance Barn, 56 Lincoln St.Of interest: Displays will include new and old fire and ambulance equipment, fire gear, wildland firefighter’s gear, child safety seat checks, blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks and scrapbooks of both departments. The fire department will be giving free fire engine truck rides from 3 to 5 p.m. Complimentary beverages and goodies will be served.

What: “Images of Yampa” art showWhen: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Where: Yampa Ladies Aid Hall, 83 E. First St.Of interest: The art show will include longtime resident Hildred Fogg’s historical collection, as well as mixed media and photographs. The Yampa Library will be open displaying the Children’s Art Show.

What: Routt County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen’s Association Wing Ding barbecueWhere: South Routt Elementary School grounds,When: 5 to 7 p.m.Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7 and olderOf interest: Local band In Flight will be providing music before, during and after the Wing-Ding at the school.

— When Yampa officials began planning the town’s centennial a year ago, they knew they’d need more than a big cake.

Two months after the town officially turned 100, officials are throwing a final birthday party.

Karen Tussey, a Yampa Town Board member, said Saturday’s big day will be packed with fun events incorporating nearly the entire town.

“The most important thing for me Saturday will be seeing all these happy people,” she said. “This will be the completion of several weeks of intense planning.”

Saturday’s events include a morning historic walking tour of the town led by local historian Rita Herold; free Union Pacific Mini-Train rides; a Yampa Fire Protection District and Ambulance open house; “Images of Yampa” art show; and Routt County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen’s Association Wing-Ding barbecue with live music by the band In Flight. Other activities also are planned.

All the events are free and open to the public except for the barbecue, which costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 7 and older.

Tussey said the town is eager to share Saturday’s events with all Routt County residents. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

“We want this to be open to everyone. We’d like to share our birthday with the entire community,” Tussey said.

Tussey thinks the barbecue will draw a lot of people to South Routt, especially because the Routt County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen’s Association are known for throwing a mean barbecue.

“I’m assuming it’s the best thing on the planet. That’s what I’ve heard,” she said.

All scheduled centennial events take place in Yampa and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted:

— To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com