May 14, 2010
Volunteers needed Platte chamber President Bill Kulenburg told chamber members that The Bailey Hundo on June 19 needs about 50 volunteers for the aid stations. (Photo by Tom Locke/The Flume)

Bailey gears up for summer events
Tom Locke - Flume Editor

The Bailey area is about to have a summer of big events, highlighted by The Bailey Hundo 100-mile mountain bike race on June 19, the state disc golf championship on July 10-11, and Bailey Day on July 31.

Not only that, but Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce members were told at their breakfast meeting on May 11 that the Rawhide Fly Fishers property in Bailey, formerly known as the Farmers Union, is now considering having events, on a case-by-case basis.

And the revamping of McGraw Memorial Park in downtown Bailey is proceeding and most of the improvements should be finished by Bailey Day.

The Bailey Hundo

The Bailey Hundo, the 100-mile mountain bike race that will go from Bailey to Wellington Lake to South Platte to Deckers and back to Bailey, is looking for about 50 volunteers to man the aid stations along the route, said chamber president Bill Kulenburg.

Chamber special events chair Lynn Griffin said that the race will start at 6:30 a.m. on June 19. This first year, the number of racers is being limited to 150. But Kulenburg said that each competitor is expected to bring an average of 1.2 people along, so that translates to "330-350 people who will be up here."

While some will be camping and some will find hotel or bed-and-breakfast rooms, the chamber is trying to find rooms in the community where they might stay, said Kulenburg.

Discount coupons from various businesses will be put in the racers' packets. Local businesses can also advertise on the back of the race T-shirts, which will go to the printer by May 21.

The Web site is up, at and the deadline for entering is May 19.

Proceeds will benefit Trips for Kids, which introduces low-income city kids to mountain biking, and also to getting trails built in the Bailey area.

There is attention being given to the possibility of building a center in Bailey to attract mountain bikers, said Kulenburg.

"People all over the world are wanting to come to Colorado and mountain bike," said Lyn Kulenburg, his wife and chamber member.

State disc golf championship - Bailey, Conifer

People from six different states have already signed up for the 2010 Colorado State Disc Golf Championship on July 10-11, said Dave Poniatowski, a Bailey resident and president of the Foothill Flyers Disc Golf Club, which is sponsoring the state championship event.

It will be held at the Bailey Disc Golf Course and the Beaver Ranch Disc Golf Course in Conifer.

Poniatowski said that 180 to 200 participants are expected, and if the tournament hits 200, it will be the largest ever held in Colorado in terms of participants.

About a third have already signed up, he said, which is good since 50 percent usually sign up in the last two weeks.

"We expect to have a $10,000 prize purse for this event," he said.

Sponsorships start at $100 and go up from there. Coupons for local businesses will be placed in the packets of the participants.

Volunteers are needed for spotting discs and other purposes.

Bailey Day

Griffin provided an update on Bailey Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 31, with a dinner the night before from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Volunteers are still needed for setting up on Friday and other purposes.

Bailey Day will include all sorts of entertainment for kids, including a jumping castle, llamas, sheep, goats and other animals, and the Salida Circus.

Many of the improvements to downtown Bailey's McGraw Memorial Park, which landed a $150,000 grant last December, will be completed by Bailey Day, according to Susan Lambert. a spearhead of chamber subgroup Destination Bailey. She said at the May 11 chamber meeting that the trail on the other side of the park's bridge will be marked this week and landscaping will start this weekend. The trails won't be completed by Bailey Day, however, she said.

Other events announced:

The Taste of Italy, a fundraiser for the Bailey-based Mountain Peace Shelter, will be May 13 at Platte Canyon High School.

The open house of the grand opening for the River Canyon Gallery at Rustic Square in downtown Bailey will be Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and May 30. Free hot dogs and popcorn will be served.

The Freedom Run in Evergreen, a fundraiser for Mount Evans Hospice, which serves Park County and other counties, will be on July 4.

The annual plant sale by Risen Lord Lutheran Church will be June 5 at a new location: the Inter-Canyon Fire Station 3 at 8445 S. U.S. 285.

Shawnee Day will be May 29, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. A presentation will be made at the Shawnee Tea Room, next to the Shawnee post office, and festivities start at noon, said Tea Room owner Barbara Jerome Behl in a follow-up interview. There will be a flea market and music all weekend, she said.

Rawhide Fly Fishers (old Farmers Union)

Clint Packo and Luke Kelly, principals in Littleton-based Freestone Aquatics Inc., spoke at the chamber meeting about opening up the former Farmers Union facilities to events on a case-by-case basis and about their efforts to make the North Fork of the South Platte River an improved environment for fish.

Packo said that he and Kelly manage the old Farmers Union property, which is now called the Rawhide Fly Fishers property, and they will begin to entertain proposals for various functions on the property on a case-by-case basis.

"There are no promises," Packo said. "That is opening up as an option."

The Jan. 9, 2009, Flume reported that The National Farmers Union had entered into a long-term lease of the Farmers Union property in Bailey to a third party for exclusive use by that party. The name of the lessee was not released.

Subsequent to the lease, events that had been held at the site, such as the Mountain Peace Shelter's "Taste of Italy" fundraiser, were no longer held there.

Kelly said that the main reason he and Packo were at the chamber meeting was to discuss the North Fork-South Platte River Foundation, which has multiple goals, including the improvement of the water quality of the North Fork of the South Platte River.

The foundation recently had a cleanup day and picked up about 300 pounds of trash along the river, said Kelly.

Water quality and water flow issues have hampered the ability of fish to survive in the North Fork of the South Platte, and Kelly stressed that by enabling wild fish to survive, it would mean a lot to attracting people to the area.

Aspen Peak Cellars

Marcel Flukiger, proprietor of Conifer-based Aspen Peak Cellars at Clifton House Inn, made a presentation about his business, which is a micro-winery and bistro on U.S. 285 across from Kings Valley Drive between Conifer and Pine Junction. It is tied in with the Clifton House Inn bed and breakfast at that location.

It opened last June.

He and his wife have been chefs for 20 years and they offer four-course wine dinners by reservation only as well as bistro lunches and Sunday brunches.

They have just created a new wine called the Bailey Barberian.

Energy conservation

Bailey resident Bill Schwartz, with the Frisco, Colo.-based High Country Conservation Center, spoke briefly about promoting energy conservation through programs of the Governor's Energy Office, which is encouraging energy audits and sealing and insulation. Rebates are available. Information is available through

Wildfire mitigation, outlook, improved - ISO rating

Joe Burgett, battalion chief with the Bailey-based Platte Canyon Fire Protection District, told chamber members that it is too early to tell what the wildfire outlook for this summer is.

He said one national source is projecting "slightly above our normal precipitation level" but also slightly above the normal temperatures.

So this summer could be a little bit wetter, a little bit warmer, he said.

He said that the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District has not set a definite date for slash collection as of yet, and he noted that there is significant cost involved in slash collection, on the order of $35,000 to $40,000. Grants typically pick up only half the cost, he said.

However, Elk Creek Fire Protection District is having two slash collection periods at Conifer High School, on June 19-20 and July 17-18. And the Morrison-based Inter-Canyon Fire Department has slash collection days planned on June 19-20 and Aug. 21-22, Burgett said.

He also stressed that the ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating for Platte Canyon Fire Protection District has been lowered from six to five. That's an improvement that residents should take advantage of by contacting their insurance companies to save maybe $50 to $100 a year, according to Burgett.

He also emphasized that some communities within the district have become Firewise Communities, which enables them to get grants for wildfire mitigation. Within the district, Deer Creek Valley Ranchos and Forest Ridge Estates have received that designation.

Preparation is key to a wildfire situation, and that includes keeping important documents in a central location and removing combustibles such as firewood around the structure.

Creating defensible space around the structure, by reducing the fuel surrounding it through thinning and pruning, is one recommended precaution with regard to wildfires.