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Those assembled agreed almost unanimously; the chance to gather in the fresh air, socially-distanced and enjoying the company of other business leaders is something that hasn’t happened in a long time and Alpine Park was the perfect setting for the event billed as a “Picnic in the Park.”

On Friday, September 18, the Salida Chamber of Commerce held its first event since COVID-19 restricted social gatherings last spring. The event was meant to bring the Chamber members together and acknowledge what we have to be thankful for. All guests wore masks and practiced social distancing guidelines while attending.

Tables placed so guests could socialize while practicing social distancing. Photo by Taylor Sumners.

“We may not do another event like this [anytime soon], however, feel we did our best with giving everyone a little lift for the day,” explained Salida Chamber Executive Director Lori Roberts.

The event in Alpine Park allowed for guests to be seated at socially distanced tables and enjoy multiple events. Salida circus performed death-defying acts and David Tipton played the Chapman stick. Guest also enjoyed a stand-up comedy performance by David Rodriguez out of Comedy Works in Denver.

Salida Circus performed at the chamber event in Alpine Park. Image by Salida Circus.

The event was made possible by its many sponsors including; High Country Bank, Monarch Mountain, Xcel Energy, Joyful Journey, Mahnke Auto Body, SteamPlant Event Center, CP’s Portables, Settings, Event Rental, Elevation Beer Company, Cellar Wine & Spirits, Walmart, Murdoch’s, Soulcraft, Rancho Verde Flowers, Waste Management and the City of Salida.

The Chamber also gave a special thanks to Taylor Sumners Office Coordinator, Linda, and Gary McMillin Guest Ambassadors, and Board Directors working day of James Bove, Heather Adams, Angel Rowell, Jason Benci, Michael Varnum, Dan Robertson, and Keith Zoni.