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2014 March
Pg 8 - The Sunshine Express
Let The Fasching Begin
Fasching (German Mardi Gras), March 2, 2-6p,
at the Country Inns Of America, 718 Horizon Dr,
Grand Junction. All-You-Can-Eat German Fasch-
ing Buffet & Music, $12 ($5 for entertainment and
$7 for the buffet).
Dance your heart out to German Schlaeger and
international party music by Alpine Echo. Dress
up for a chance to win great prizes. Prizes for the
best individual & group costumes. Fun for the
entire family!
Sponsored by the German American Club, Rosi¡¯s
Little Bavarian Restaurant, Alpine Echo and
Country Inns. For more information contact Jim
Witt, President of the German American Club,
at 970.242.2657 or 970.209.9241 or email to: jk-
What is Fasching and How Did This
Celebration Originate?
Fasching or Karnival celebrations stem from vari-
ous beliefs and needs. For catholics, it provided a
festive season of food and fun before the Lenten
fasting period would begin. During the late
medieval times, plays were performed during the
Lenten period called Fastnachtspiele.
In pre-Christian times, carnival celebrations sym-
bolized the driving out of winter and all of its evil
spirits. Hence the masks to ¡°scare¡± away these
spirits. The carnival celebrations in southern Ger-
many and Switzerland reflect these traditions.
Further, we have carnival traditions that can be
traced back to historical events. After the French
Revolution, the French took over Rhineland. Out
of protest against French oppression, Germans
from Cologne and surrounding areas would
mock their politicians and leaders safely behind
masks during carnival season. Even today, carica-
tures of politicians and other personalities can be
seen boldly portrayed on floats in the parades.
so bring your spare dollar bills.
The event is the club¡¯s biggest fundraiser with net
proceeds going to local charities and scholarships
which the club supports, as well as the Lions
KIDSIGHT eye-screening program, in which the
club will pay for local kids to have eye exams and
glasses if their families can¡¯t afford it.
For more information contact Lion Lance at:
126 2nd Street, in
Get ready for an all-
you-can-eat, mouth-
melting corned beef
and stewed cabbage,
carrots and potatoes
Irish-style feast. $8/
adults, $5/children
ages 6-11, FREE for
5 and under, Coffee
and lemonade are
Hundreds come out
each year for the fes-
tive occasion, which
includes a silent
auction and ¡°Cake
Wheel¡± raffle, where
virtually everyone
who plays is a winner
*** Soup Supper at Pioneer Town, March 8, All
proceeds benefit the historic preservation of Pio-
neer Town.
Many varieties of soups, chilis and stew with all
the Fixin¡¯s and dessert.
Stolte Shed, 388 S Grand Mesa Dr, Cedaredge,
5-7:30p, Suggested donation of $5.
*** Soup for the Soul, March 19, 5:30-8p, La Plata
County Fairgrounds. Area restaurants offer soup,
appetizers, dessert and beer or wine.
Proceeds to benefit Hospice of Mercy. Tickets at
Mercy Health Foundation.
Soup¡¯s On!
Why did the man stare at the can of orange juice?
Because it said ¡®concentrate¡¯.
What food is good for the brain?
Noodle soup.
What did one strawberry say to the other?
Look at the jam you¡¯ve gotten us in.
Food & Garden
An Irish Style Feast
St Patrick¡¯s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage Supper
(5th Annual), Presented by the Fruitvale Lions
Club, March 15, 4-7p, Clifton Community Hall,
¡°Colorado Proud has been very successful and
done great things for Colorado¡¯s food and agri-
cultural industry,¡± said Commissioner of Agricul-
ture John Salazar. ¡°The program will continue to
promote local products to consumers within the
state and brandCOLORADO¡¯s efforts will sup-
port what Colorado Proud is already doing.¡±
Colorado Proud was developed by the Colorado
Department of Agriculture in 1999 to promote
food and agricultural products. Over the past 15
years the program has grown to more than 2,000
members, including farmers, ranchers, food man-
ufacturers, restaurants and retailers. The program
will celebrate its anniversary this summer with
the ¡°Choose Colorado Tour,¡± a statewide cam-
paign promoting local products to consumers.
The byColorado effort was launched in December
of 2013 to help stimulate economic growth and
make it easier to ¡°buy local¡± by promoting non-
agriculture companies such as technology, ap-
parel, manufacturing, energy, service businesses,
etc. Both programs will continue their efforts in
promoting local products, and will work together
to meet common goals.
¡°Colorado Proud and byCOLORADO share a
common goal and have been collaborating from
the inception of this new program,¡± said Aaron
Kennedy, the State¡¯s Chief Marketing Officer.
¡°We are excited to help build upon the success of
the Colorado Proud program to offer companies
of all industries the opportunity to be identified
with Colorado.¡±
For more information about Colorado Proud
visit: and for more
information about byCOLORADO visit:
Funny Food
15 yr. program serves as model for
state¡¯s new marketing initiative.
Colorado Proud, the Colorado Department of
Agriculture¡¯s consumer promotional program, is
working with byCOLORADO, the new state mar-
keting program, to promote Colorado businesses
in and outside of the state.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary this summer,
Colorado Proud has helped elevate Colorado¡¯s
agricultural industry, which contributes more
than $40 billion and 171,000 jobs annually to the
state¡¯s economy.
The Colorado Proud program will continue to
promote food and agricultural products that are
grown, raised or processed in the state, while its
new sister program, byCOLORADO, will focus
its efforts on helping local producers share their
stories with consumers outside of Colorado along
with promoting non-agricultural industries.
A Cooperative Effort