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Minturn fools to have their day

Geraldine Haldner

Fools and fool-lovers take note<Minturn is where it1s at this Saturday.The first-ever Foolish Day Parade is all set to go with the wacky and weird this Saturday at 2 p.m. starting from the municipal parking lot in front of the Turntable Restaurant.The route will follow Minturn1s Main Street, U.S. Highway 24, to the south end of town and back to Nelson Avenue, where a post-parade block party with a barbeque, live-music and an awards ceremony will get underway sometime after 3 p.m.Parade participants are asked to present themselves to parade organizers by 1:30 p.m. in the Turntable parking lot.The spectacle<silly, stupid, socially-unacceptable and so far largely secretive<will be a good one, parade organizer Georgette Van Buren promises.3Nobody is saying what they are doing, says the owner of the Eagle River Trading Company, who together with Robin Kelly-Goss of the Winwood Gallery came up with the idea to celebrate April Fool1s Day with a parade that highlights Minturn1s light-hearted side. 3But we are expecting a lot of silliness.So far about 20 different groups with anywhere from eight to 20 individuals have signed up to poke fun at human nature, Van Buren says.From silly cars, to silly sheriffs with stick horses to funny floats and queer queens, spectators will be treated to all things fun.For those whose funny bones are just beginning to itch, there is still time to sign up. Van Buren says she and Kelly-Goss will accept entries 3until the last minute, though calls for entries by Friday afternoon would be appreciated just to make the organizational side of the event easier.In addition to more entries, the organizers continue to look for businesses that want to donate prizes for parade participants.3Businesses can call me and I1ll pick up the prizes or certificates, says Van Buren, adding that sponsoring businesses will receive their share of publicity at the event.For more information, call Georgette Van Buren at 827-9262 or Robin Kelly-Goss at 827-9232.Geraldine Haldner covers Vail, Minturn and Red Cliff. She can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 602 or at

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