2013 Durango Fiesta Days Queen
At 79 years old, Fiesta is a grand old lady. Celebrate our Spanish and Native American history and cowboy heritage with rodeos, a downtown parade, barrel races, chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfast, and much more. Celebrate in Durango as we look to the past and to the future in July. All events will be at the Durango Fairgrounds (except for the BarBQ/Pie Auction/Street Dance).
Fiesta Days was born in 1935 – then called Spanish Trails Fiesta. Fiesta was a community gathering to bring together the areas diverse cultures and create an atmosphere of cultural awareness. The first ‘Queen’ rode down Main Street wearing a Spanish Mantilla. The native tribes from all around the four corners came, set up tents along the river, and camped for several weeks just enjoying the cultural exchange. In 1966, under a new committee, the name was changed to Navajo Trails Fiesta, and in 1986 another name change occurred – Durango Fiesta Days. The intent remains the same – bring the town together to enjoy our heritage, the sport of Rodeo and celebrate our diverse cultures.
We have put Fiesta 78 in the history books. What a Great time we had! The crowds were spectacular every night, the weather couldn’t have been better, and we think we might have had a first in history – We Ran Out Of Beer In The Beer Tent!! Had to make a run to the corner liquor store for more. The results are now posted – if you won and didn’t pick up your winnings at the rodeo, e-mail email@example.com with your mailing address and a check will be mailed to you. Thanks to all the wonderful help we received in the Beer Tent, the gates, and security. We couldn’t have gotten through without everyone’s help. This is our community’s celebration, and it was wonderful to see the community pitch in and make this year a tremendous success.
The Photographer for Durango Fiesta Days is Nakai Photography. They can be reached at 505-330-8656 or 505-632-2005. They are planning to be at the LaPlata County Fair for those of you who were not able to view your pictures at Fiesta. Please give Henry or Hilda a call about your pictures.
The forms below will be updated in the early part of 2014. If you need one, watch for the current form before downloading.
We will begin planning for Fiesta 79 later this fall. As new information becomes available, it will be posted. The dates for Fiesta 79 will be Sat. July 19 thru Sun. July 27, 2014. Make your plans now to join us for the fun!!
This year’s Durango Fiesta Days - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Parade winners are as follows:
Best Motorized – Richardson’s Construction
Best Horse Entry – 4 Corners Draft Horse, Mule & Carriage Assn
Best Musical Entry – Durango Cowboy Church
Best Kids Entry – Molly and Finn Stanifer
Best Themed – Bayfield Belles
Judges Choice – Silver Belles
Thanks to all the fun entries we had in the Parade – and a BIG thank you to ‘The Train’ for sponsoring this event!!!