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Outdoor Buddies Community & Armed Forces Appreciation Day

On Saturday, May 13th, Outdoor Buddies will hold the sixth annual Community & Armed Forces Appreciation Day honoring Veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families.

Again this year, thanks to the generosity of ranch owners, Ralph and Donna Hood, the event will be held at A Painted View Ranch. The ranch is located three miles west of downtown Westcliffe at 3115 County Road 160. Activities will start at 10:00 am and end at 4:00 pm.

Outdoor Buddies is a Westcliffe based all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disabled persons and youth enjoy outdoor adventure experiences. Outdoor experiences include hunting, fishing, boating, camping, photography, and education in the use of the outdoors for recreational activities.

This is a Family Day event and everyone is invited! There will be games, demonstrations, free food, and much more. A member of the Mounted Color Guard demonstrates horsemanship skills. The Mounted Color Guard from Fort Carson along with representatives of local American Legion Post 170 will participate in the flag ceremony. Following the flag ceremony, the members of the mounted color guard team will perform an equestrian demonstration.

Outdoor Buddies volunteers will serve a free lunch consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, iced tea, lemonade, and water. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Special guests include participation by soldiers and their families from Fort Carson and the many local military veterans from Custer County and the surrounding area.

Planned activities include a fly-in, landing and display of two Army helicopters; a Blackhawk and an Apache. There will also be a Huey helicopter display, combat support field hospital display, Humvees w/soldiers in combat uniform, Action Trackstander and off-road adaptive vehicle demonstrations, pack mule demonstration with mules (by local US Forest Service), archery range and fishing game (by local Colorado Parks & Wildlife), Mission Wolf’s 30 minute educational program with wolves, and much more.
Special attractions for kids include a bounce house, dunk tank, ducky race (using an irrigation canal that runs through the ranch); stick pony barrel racing, animal balloons, face painting, and cotton candy.

A large turnout is expected. Please plan to join the fun at A Painted View Ranch on Saturday, May 13th.

For more information, contact Dwaine Robey at 783-9044 or

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