Western Welcome Week is hopping

Annual event schedules activities for all ages

Posted 8/15/17

Again this year, Western Welcome Week offers activities with appeal to people of all ages.

The Aug. 13 schedule included the opportunity for adults and children to take part in a 5-kilometer run/walk then partake in an all-you-can-eat pancake …

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Western Welcome Week is hopping

Annual event schedules activities for all ages

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Again this year, Western Welcome Week offers activities with appeal to people of all ages.

The Aug. 13 schedule included the opportunity for adults and children to take part in a 5-kilometer run/walk then partake in an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. After that, they could check out a wide array of vehicles of all sizes, shapes and colors.

Additionally, there were activities for children at the Arapahoe Community College campus in Littleton. Volunteers helped visitors put marbles down the ramp at the marble race. Others tried to see how long they could keep a Hula Hoop spinning around their hips.

“We are here visiting my sister, we saw the signs and decided to check out some of the events,” Ohio resident Sid Calloway said. “The kids are getting a kick out of this. They look like they are really having fun. I think it is great this community puts on all these activities that are free entertainment for anyone who wants to drop by.”

A major Aug. 13 attraction was the 22nd Bruce Wolf Stick Horse Stampede. Young riders ranging from toddlers to 12-year-olds stood around the small circular track ready to mount their stick horse with the colorful head.

The riders were divided into age groups and Kelsee Prado and her daughter Grace were in the 3-year-old and under event. Grace, 2, had problem riding the stick horse so Prado carried her around the course. They didn’t win a ribbon but they were both smiling as they came off the course.

“I have lived in Littleton all my life but I have never come to Western Welcome Week,” Prado said. “But when I read the schedule, I decided I should come for the first time so I can start a new tradition with Grace. It is a lot of fun being here. Grace is having fun and I am having fun watching her have fun.”

Many riders donned western attire for the stampede. Courtney Hetzel, 5, dressed for the activities as she wore a cowboy hat, a plaid shirt and a colorful bandana tied around her neck. Before the stampede, she sat on the stool and milked the make-believe cow then she and her stick horse galloped around the course. She finished third in the 3- to 6-year-old stampede category.

A little later in the morning, the focus shifted to the area around 5900 block of South Curtice Street, where sunlight glinted off the polished chrome and the brightly shined paint jobs of hot rods, custom cars and other vehicles on display at the annual Littleton Elks Custom Car Show.

Scott Hannum’s one-of-a-kind entry drew a lot of attention as people stopped by to look over his restored dragster.

“This dragster was owned by the Martin-Smith team and competed in races from 1968 until 1972,” the Littleton resident said. “I am a big drag racing fan and I served on the pit crew of several teams. When I found this dragster at a garage sale, minus the motor, I decided to restore it. It took a lot of work but I think it is now like it was when it was in competition.”

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