What’s Happening in Silver City

"The months ahead are filled with exciting events in the Silver City area," according to Camille Clark, the new director for the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce. The Silver City calendar is peppered with exciting events that really capture the romance of this southwestern town.

In March, Showcase 2002 will be held Easter Weekend the 29th-31st in the WNMU intramural gymnasium. Come and see all that Silver City and Grant County has to offer! Great food, entertainment and a chance to see the finest businesses, products and services from the area. Booth space is still available for organizations that are interested in participating. Call the Chamber for details (505) 538-3785.

April 28th The Gila Monster Inner Loop Ride kicks off the bike racing season. There will be multiple races of various lengths. But the Monster is a 107 mile race that is fully supported with multiple food and drink stations. The bulk of the 500 to 3000 participants are expected to be amateurs of all ages. This "fun ride" is a fundraiser for future cycling education and safety events, as well as a mentoring program that gives bikes to at-risk kids. For more information contact Jamie Thompson (505)538-6635.

May is definitely the month to be in Silver City for three key events: the Tour of the Gila, the Silver City Blues Festival, and the Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo.

May 1-5 is New Mexico’s premier road race the Tour of the Gila. As a race placed on the national calendar by USA Cycling, the Tour of the Gila draws professional cyclists from across the globe. The Gila is one of the Nation’s only five (5) day races. Its difficultly and duration make it a challenge for the sport’s top athletes. For more information (as it becomes available) check out: http://www.tourofthegila.com.

Mark your calendars for Silver City Annual Blues Fest May 24-26. Set on the edge of the Gila National Wilderness this event drew thousands to enjoy blues in Southwest New Mexico. So make plans to sit, relax and enjoy the cool sound of blues on a warm spring weekend. Look here for more info: http://www.mrac.cc/bluesfest/home.htm.

The Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo will be May 29- June 1. A parade, golf tournament, Cowboy Breakfast and other kickoff events set the stage for some of the Nation’s hotest rodeo competitors to enter the arena. Rodeo events will include Bull and Bronco Riding and other Roughstock Tying events and for the ladies, Barrel Racing and Breakaway roping.

June 13-18, Silver City will be kicking off a truly captivating event, the Air Race Classic 2002, Wings Across America. This all women’s air race will cover ten states and 2,166 miles. The 26th annual Air Race Classic will start in Silver City, New Mexico (June 18) and finish in Chesapeake/Portsmouth, Virginia (June 21). It is the the longest all-woman race in the world. Racers run the gamut of age and experience from students to professionals, astronauts to homemakers. To learn more see http://www.ninety-nines.org/arc.html. Contact the Chamber for details about the Kick Off.

Of course in July, Independence Day festivities are the highlight. Silver City recreates the tradition, charm, pride and patriotism of "old-Time" small town July Fourth celebrations, complete with Parade, Ice Cream Social, Bands, and Fireworks, of course.

One final note for Silver City offerings, the Chamber of Commerce is now holding monthly luncheons for members and future members. Special presentations by experts will be the highlight of the events. As always, there will be opportunities to network with other Chamber members. February’s luncheon will be held Noon on the 27th at Red Barn Family Steakhouse. Arnold Cordova, of The Association of Commerce and Industry, will be giving details on the 2002 New Mexico Legislative Session, which will have just ended.