Autumn happenings pick up in Sierra La Sal

It is definitely fall. The colors have just burst upon The Mountain.

A recent reconnoiter to see the leaves indicated a lot of folks headed that way for the regular elk hunt, which began last Saturday. The mountain will be densely populated with hunters by now.

That will be followed by the regular deer hunt which usually brings a plethora of people.

My question about the deer hunt is – what about the burritos? The burrito makers are now living in Moab. Will there even be this tasty fare this year?

Many hunters and, let’s admit, a few locals look forward to them each October.

Years ago, the local Relief Society ladies held a fundraising bake sale every deer hunt. We finally gave it up as there was no competing with the burritos. I admit, I’m one of those folks who relish them. Ah, me.

There are only two Farmer’s Market days left to be held in La Sal. They will be October 23 from 10 a.m. until noon and October 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

As I’ve mentioned before, there is an eclectic variety of goods, both edible and otherwise. I’m hoping the honey lady is there because her La Sal honey is yummy. I need more to get me through the winter. See you there?

Prior to that on October 16 will be the La Sal Community Center fundraiser. So loosen your purse strings.

It will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. This is to help with improvements at the Community Center.

If you notice, our building gets a lot of use. Unfortunately, our funding has been cut this year as have all County entities. We just had a whopping repair on the heating system, so we are sinking slowly into the hole

Starting off the day will be a yard sale at 9 a.m. with all proceeds going to improvements to the building. Donations are greatly appreciated.

If you have items that can be sold to help the cause, bring them to Tiffany Smith-Broderick or to me at my home.

They could also be dropped at the Community Center during library hours, though the librarian is not involved in this fundraiser so don’t be bugging her. You can also place them on the south end of the stage.

At noon, hot dogs will be available for sale, so bring the gang for lunch out on the town. That will be followed at 1 p.m. by an auction.

There will be a variety of paintings and canvases from local artists that will be auctioned. Please come out and support our community and our building.

Remember, the building is available for use by all in the village. It’s something for which we should be proud and all pitch in and help support.

Another fundraiser will be held on October 23. This is sponsored by the local Volunteer Fire Department.

As mentioned in a previous column, the dynamite shoot is usually their big money maker, but not this year. So they’ve had two well-attended pancake breakfasts, so let’s hope folks come out to this one too and be in a generous mood.

This time the event will be a chili cookoff which starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. You get to be the judge. For $5 per person, you get to vote on your favorite pot of chili (beans?). and then you get to eat the chili.

As I’ve said before, being a purist from Southern Arizona, there is a difference between real chili and chili beans. Real chili does NOT usually contain any frijoles. But gringos really don’t know that. Okay, I’ll get off my soap box.

So, come on out and support the fire folks whom we greatly appreciate. You can enjoy some tasty chili beans I’m sure, unless I can talk the cook at our house into make his famous green chili pork which contains NO beans. ’Nuff said.

Rumors about town say there will be a Halloween Carnival this year sponsored by the La Sal Elementary PTO coven. Further rumor says there will be a spook alley if they can find a spooky place to hold it. I guess I’ll have to put on my official reporter’s hat and get the whole scoop. More info to follow next time.

So, there is the social calendar for fall activities for the rest of October. See you somewhere.

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