In May 2017, Outdoor Buddies held its sixth annual Community & Armed Forces Appreciation Day in Westcliffe honoring disabled Veterans and other military personnel and veterans.
Thanks to the generosity of ranch owners, Ralph and Donna Hood, the event will be held at A Painted View Ranch, located three miles west of downtown Westcliffe at 3115 County Road 160.
A Blackhawk Helicopter is scheduled to fly in, land, and remain as a static display for part of the day.
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.
There will be displays of military vehicles, mine detecting/clearing robots, individual combat gear, and a medical display from the Combat Support Hospital.
Outdoor Buddies volunteers will serve a free lunch consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, iced tea, lemonade, and water. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
There will be special recognition for local Vietnam era veterans, other veterans, soldiers and their families.
Other planned activities include Huey helicopter display, Action Trackstander and off-road adaptive vehicle demonstrations, a climbing wall, dunk tank, archery range and fishing game (by local Colorado Parks & Wildlife), Paca Peace Alpaca demonstration, Mission Wolf’s 30 minute educational program with wolves, and more.
Special attractions for kids include a bounce house, ducky race (using an irrigation canal that runs through the ranch); stick pony barrel racing, animal balloons, face painting, and cotton candy.
Each year’s event seems to attract increased numbers, so a large turnout is expected. Please plan to join the fun at A Painted View Ranch on Saturday, May 13th.