Community Events and Activities
Scott Elliot 4th of July Celebration: In 2015 the De Beque Recreation Department was in the process of creating a special 4th of July event with Fireworks, Potluck BBQ, Vendors, Kids Games, Live Music and more. Scott Elliot at the time was a Board Trustee for the Town of De Beque. Many discussions of fireworks were held between Scott and the Recreation Department. Scott kindly and willingly volunteered to speak to Kush Gardens about getting a donation for fireworks to take some of the work load off of the Directors shoulders. Scott being the person he was, was always concerned about others and helping out whenever he could. Scott came back the next day excited to tell everyone that Kush Gardens would be donating $5,000.00 for fireworks!! Sadly on May 28th, 2015, Scott lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident. The Recreation Department decided to name the celebration after Scott Elliot for his leadership and help in successfully securing the annual donation for fireworks. We are honored to continue this annual celebration in Scott’s name.
De Beque Wild Horse Days: The first Wild Horse Days started in 1999. A group of De Beque residents formed a Non-profit organization/Council which consisted of a President, Secretary and board. This Council was started to aid and help the Wild Horses in the Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Area. It was a yearly summer event. The Wild Horse Council purchased a mustang yearly from BLM for WHD. The horse was then entered into a drawing for ownership. They brought in vendors, live music, food, kids games, as well as events for adults. In 2013 the Wild Horse Committee dissolved. At that time the Town of De Beque Recreation Department decided to start De Beque Days and follow a similar schedule of events. Initially, there was a great deal of discussion on going back to using the title “Wild Horse Days”. A meeting was held to receive public input on what the event name should be. The name De Beque Wild Horse Days was once again chosen. Wild Horse Days is currently run by the Town of De Beque’s Recreation Department. It is normally held the second weekend of August with several contests, including Chili/Salsa/Desserts, Talent Show/Lip Sync and Little Miss De Beque for local girls going into 1st & 2nd grade. It is a day full of events, such as a Dynamite Shoot, Car show/Burnout Contest and Mud Run. There is Live Music all day, Food/Vendors, Beer Garden, Water/kids games, DFPD Touch a Truck, Breakfast each morning and Bingo and Community Church on Sunday. This celebration is greatly dependent upon Volunteers to successfully manage each event. Without volunteers and community support this celebration would not be successful or possible.
Oktoberfest: De Beque Recreation held its first Oktoberfest in 2014. Traditional German food/beer is served, live music, vendors and fun for everyone. This event is normally held the second Saturday of October. It is an evening for the community to get together and enjoy some music, conversation and just plain relax.