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The Gypsum Creek Golf Course is offering a special rate of $45 for the entire weekend of Gypsum Daze.

The price is good for Friday through Sunday and includes 18 holes, a cart and small bucket of range balls.

"Book as quickly as you can because we're filling up," said Golf Course Manager Susie Helmerich.

Local historians and authors Kathy Heicher and Shirley Welch will be featured at a "Writers of the Valley" event at noon today, at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail.

The two authors, both longtime valley residents, will offer a brief presentation on the history of the valley and will also be signing books. Heicher is the author of "Early Eagle," an image-based history that traces the roots of the Eagle community from the early settlers of the 1880s through the agricultural boom years leading up to the 1940s.

Welch is the author of "The Eagle River Valley," a book that uses historic photographs to reveal the history of communities throughout the valley, from Vail to Gypsum. The event is sponsored by the Schoolhouse Museum and Gift Shop and will take place at the Children's Garden Amphitheater.

Pack a lunch and come on out for this event.

For local residents and 4-H kids who are arts, crafts, baking or sewing enthusiasts it is put-it-in-overdrive-time for the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.

The popular summer event returns to Eagle beginning Sunday, July 22, with the 4-H English and working ranch horse shows and continues through Saturday, July 28 with a plethora of family friendly fun.

Local residents who want to enter non-perishable items at the fair need to drop them off between noon and 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 23. Perishable items can be dropped off between 7 and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 24. The exhibits will be open to the public beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 25.

Rodeo action at the fair also begins Wednesday, July 25, and continues nightly at 7 p.m. through Saturday, July 28.

The full fair and rodeo schedule, as well as information about the county fair open class exhibit rules, is available on line at www.eaglecounty.us. The Eagle Valley Enterprise will feature fair coverage in its July 26 edition.

Mark your calendars for the 2012 Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.

Marley Hammer, local teen and daughter of Steve and Melinda Hammer of Burns, has earned a position on the Colorado State high school rodeo team.

Marley has been traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyo., since July 15 to compete at the 64th Annual National High School Finals (NHSFR) in the pole bending competition. This is her first year competing in high school rodeo. She and her horse, Dixie, won fourth place at the Colorado State High School Finals Rodeo in the pole bending competition and that showing secured her trip to the nationals.

Marley also belongs to the Little Britches Rodeo and National Barrel Horse Associations, she will be competing in the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals at Pueblo in the coming weeks. Marley has qualified for those finals in six events.

Marley has grown up on her family's working cattle ranch in Burns and she credits her rodeo accomplishments to having the opportunity to work on the ranch. She said ranch work keeps her horses legged up and open minded. She is also very thankful for her family's and community's support.

The National High School Finals Rodeo is the world's largest rodeo, featuring more than 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia. In addition to competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants also will be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National High School Rodeo National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top twenty after two rounds of intense competition before advancing to Saturday night's final.

Along with great competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to represent their team in a volleyball tournament, enjoy nightly contestant dances, participate in a talent contest, compete in an NRA rifle shooting competition, test their skills in a Knowledge Bowl competition, have the chance to shop the ever-popular NHSFR western tradeshow, and visit the historical attractions of the Cowboy State.

To follow performance results at the NHSFR, visit the NHSRA's web site daily for complete results at WWW.nhsra.org.

• ShowDown Town, Eagle's popular Thursday night free concert series returns tonight, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Eagle Town Park. Pack up a picnic basket and a cooler and head out to hear the music of Musketeer Gripweed and enjoy an evening with your neighbors. The series continues on Thursday nights through Aug. 9. Watch the Enterprise for details about the featured performers.

• The Gypsum Public Library is looking for volunteers to work with local kids interested in starting up a Chess Club. For more information, call (970) 524-5080.


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