Events for September 2011 in Southwest Colorado Mountains: Ouray and Ridgway
Fall typically brings warm days and very crisp nights and incredible expanses of aspen trees turn to gold; photographers flock to the area to find beautiful landscapes while snow might blanket the highest peaks in the area. It is a wonderful time of year and one not to be missed! Other events and exhibits that take place in Ouray and Ridgway during September 2011 are included below.
August 19 - November 19: Special Exhibit at Ouray Museum: "A Century of Ouray County Farming and Ranching History 1875-1975" - The Ouray County Historical Society presents it first special exhibit of the 2011 season. Learn about the various types of ranching and farming that took place in Ouray County during the counties first 100 years.
September 4 - September 5: Ouray County Fair and Rodeo: Traditional 4-H County Fair and sanctioned Rodeo events: Ouray County Fair & Rodeo typically includes the 4-H Horse Show with Western and English divisions, timed events such as barrel races, pole bending, flag races, and keyhole. A local favorite is the Antique Tractor Pull with past years having over 30 tractors vintage 1955 or older. A variety of 4-H animal categories are judged at the 4-H Barn each year including poultry, goats, sheep, lamb, swine, steers and heifers, bucket calves, and even rabbits. There is also a Round Robin Showmanship (including the champions of the 4-H Dog Show). The Parade of Champions and the Livestock Sale are not to be missed. The County Fair has exhibits in numerous categories including baked, canned and dried foods; needle and fancy work; floriculture and produce; and photography.
September 10: Imogene Pass Run: Ouray to Telluride: Rugged 17-mile race from Ouray over 13,114 ft. Imogene Pass to Telluride. One of the top mountain races in the US. Pre-registration only. 15-years and older.
September 10: Ouray Art Walk - Second Saturdays - 5pm - 8pm. Shops and Galleries that are participating include Window to Yesterday, Skol Gallery, Ivory's Trading Company and Gallery, San Juan Art Galleries, Dreamtime Gallery and Studio, Ouray Silversmiths, Ouray Glassworks and Pottery Company, Painting Marmot Art Supply, and Silver Linings. Many of the shops and galleries are offering refreshments, demonstrations and/or music at this time.
September 10: Cowboy Mountain High Concert: Diamond W Wranglers performing "Cowboy Mountain High" concert at the Wright Opera House in Ouray. This performance is a tribute to John Denver. This western singing group has performed several times in Ouray and their audiences thoroughly enjoyed their music and humor. 7pm at the Wright Opera House
September 14 - 20: San Juan Music Festival: A yearly Chamber Music event under the artistic direction of world renowned and highly acclaimed concert pianist Max Levinson. The festival features evening concerts in Ouray and Ridgway plus a special Salon and Master Classes for piano, violin, and cello.
September 15-18: Ouray County Railroad Days . This weekend event includes a Museum open house, rides on Motor #1, a Narrow Gauge Railroad Symposium, hikes from Red Mountain Pass to Guston and from Guston to the Albany Smelter on the Silverton Railroad Grade, and guided tours tracing the routes of the D&RGW from Ridgway to Ouray and the RGS from to Lizard Head Pass.
September 24: Ouray Trail Run: 9:30am Ouray's Fellin Park next to the Ouray Hot Springs.
September 24 & 25: Centennial Ranch Open House - The Centennial Ranch will have an Open Ranch on Saturday and Sunday September 24-25th, lunch included in the admission price $15 per person, teenagers (under 20) are free. See a working cattle ranch including the ranch house, barns and line cabin. OCHS Mining Heritage Quilt Raffle Drawing Date: September 25, 2011, during the Open Ranch Event at Centennial Ranch. Centennial Ranch is 2 miles south of Colona on Highway 550. The event runs from 11am - 4pm each day.
September 24: Play: Molly Sweeney at the Wright Opera House, 7:30pm. This play is performed by the Timshel Theater Company from Montrose, Colorado. Molly Sweeney examines the terrible consequences of a modern medical miracle. Told from three very different perspectives, the play raises the issue of who and what determines the quality of our lives.