The second annual Mancos Melt kicks off tonight with a disco-themed wine tasting and will continue through Saturday with events including a roping contest, fashion show and golf tournament.
Rena Wilson, event coordinator, said this years theme, Summer of Love, encourages participants to wear their flashiest 60s and 70s attire, ranging from love-child tie-dyes to disco-themed dance suits.
Reservations are recommended for tonights kickoff, at Arborena Contemporary Art Gallery & Wine Bar Cafe from 6-8 p.m., Wilson said. The wine tasting and hors doeuvres cost $30 per person or $55 per couple.
Friday night will host a winter photography contest at the Mancos Visitors Center, as well as a fashion show and costume contest at the Columbine Bar.
Cash prizes await winners of the photo contest, Wilson said, and costume contest candidates can vie for prizes donated by several Durango and Mancos businesses.
Saturdays festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, followed by a 10 a.m. critter parade down Grand Avenue, where judges will award animal-related prizes to Mancos grooviest pets, Wilson said.
After the pancake breakfast, Wilson said, the VFW will host the Mancos Head Start fundraiser, which will sell refreshments and baked goods to raise money for a replacement playground behind the Head Start preschool.
The afternoon will offer a roping contest, and contestants can sign up for $5 on Grand Avenue at 11 a.m., Wilson said. First-place winner takes the purse.
All ages are welcome to take part in the balloon derby, which will have participants chasing their balloons down a 40-foot track to the finish-line.
The bed race begins at noon, and five-member teams will race through an obstacle course while carrying one member on a bed. Be wary: Competitors cant win prizes if theyre not in costume.
Mancos Melt is also introducing its inaugural golf tournament, Wilson said.
Contenders will sink balls in 18 downtown establishments, Wilson said, and to win any prizes, a costume is a must.
Wilson said the three-day festival was inspired by Durangos Snowdown and aims to promote Mancos economy.
We decided that we needed to have our own little version of Snowdown, Wilson said. We need to do it in Mancos. Its a small town, and we need to get people out having fun.