Minturn Market cutting back in winter |

Minturn Market cutting back in winter

Dustin Racioppi
Minturn, CO Colorado

MINTURN ” One of the great things about the winter Minturn Market, says lifelong Minturn, Colorado resident Lorraine Vasquez, is there’s always a second chance to enjoy it.

“If you’re not here one weekend, you can usually catch it on another,” she said, because traditionally the market has run on two different weekends in December since it started a decade ago.

That’s not the case anymore. This year’s winter market, the counterpart to the hugely popular summer market, will be a one-day affair since the town pulled its financial support during last year’s budget process.

Interim Town Manager Gary Suiter said the reason was “strictly budgetary,” but the lack of town money, in a way, brings the winter market back to its roots.

“It started as one individual kind of thing, and it kind of gradually got absorbed by the town,” said Randy Milhoan, who helped start the market. “It is sort of back to where it started.”

The town has supported the winter market with in-kind services, Milhoan added.

But just because the winter market has been whittled down doesn’t mean it will be any less the locally-famed holiday event people have come to look forward to, said Carole Colletti, who helped start the market.

“The town didn’t really want to be bothered with for this year. I just felt that we needed to have it,” she said. “This will be the typical holiday market. You can do all your holiday shopping and have some fun. It’s a great market.”

Colletti said she’s hoping on having between 30 to 40 vendors, and already has a Santa Clause and the market’s traditional caroling crew lined up.

Milhoan said he thinks ” and hopes ” that having the market only one day could be a good thing.

“Since it is a one-day event, I think it could be a bigger event than if it were two days if the weather is good,” he said. “I think it’s actually going to work out to be a good market.”

But now Vasquez and her daughter Lisa are going to have to make sure they’re in town when the market opens Dec. 13.

“I hope it’s on my weekend off,” Lisa Vasquez said.

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at (970)748-2936 or

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