San Ignacio Fiesta taking center stage this weekend

Monday, July 23, 2018 8:28 AM
Eddie and Betty Box are mainstays in the parade for the annual San Ignacio Fiesta parade, which will be held next weekend.
After the parade, locals and families gather in Shoshone Park for San Ignacio Fiesta.

San Ignacio Fiesta is a time for Ignacio to celebrate its heritage, faith and cultures.

Events were recently announced for the 118th annual event, which will be held July 28 and July 29. The 73rd annual parade will be held at 10 a.m. July 28, with registration at Ignacio High School. Events on July 28 continue with the 23rd annual horseshoe tournament, live music by It's Jose, food, games, contests and family-friendly fun in Shoshone Park. The annual Southern Ute Community Action duck race fundraiser is that afternoon. Tickets are $10 each and are available at Southwest Ag and the SUCAP building in Ignacio.

La Plata Independent Youth Performing Arts will have vendors, a salsa competition, and other events at the Ignacio ELHI building next to Shoshone Park.

Farmer's Fresh Market will hold its annual brisket cookoff, as well, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Fiesta dance is from 8 p.m. to midnight at Sky Ute Casino Resort, which will feature music by Royal Brown and Joker's Wild and the crowning of the Fiesta king and queen.

The Queen candidates are D'Vondra Garcia, Grace Gonzales and Yllana Howe. King Candidates are Jace Carmeneros and Michael Merritt. The annual raffle will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday after the Fiesta Mass and dinner at St. Ignatius Church. For raffle tickets, call 563-4241 or 749-6830. For more information, call 749-6830 or visit