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September 23, 2001 - Cancer League's Fall Fest a Classic

What: All American Fall Festival

Where: High Prairie Equestrian Center

When: September 23, 2001

Beneficiary: Cancer League of Colorado

Co-Chair(s): Jane Mayberry and Gayle Rogers

Catering: Bennett's Bar-B-Que

Music: Drastic Measures, donated their time

Attendance: 175


Planning Committee: Carol Hansen, ticket chair; Cheryl Balgly, chair; Gayla Enzi, children's activities chair

Blacktie Photos by: Bill Baylis

 A vintage Shelby Cobra sports car stands proud
A vintage Shelby Cobra sports car stands proud

By Patterson Benero

The quintessential autumn day greeted friends and patrons at the Cancer League's Annual All American Fall Festival on Semptember 23.

Activities, which ranged from a juried arts and crafts show to an exhibition of exquisite horsemanship to a classic auto collection, kept guests entertained from start to finish.

"Kid" fun included face painting, ceramics classes, photos taken in antique race cars, and hot air balloon rides.

Parents and grandparents shopped treasure stalls for collectibles and original art, including hand-painted children's furniture from artist Jayme Mansfield's "Piggy Toes" gallery.

Bennett's Bar-B-Que amply fed the hungry crowd, whose appetites were sharpened by the crisp September air.

Generous helpings of ribs, baked beans, cole slaw, sourdough bread and toll-house cookies magically appeared on tables adorned with red and white-checkered tablecloths. Centerpieces were Mason jars filled with yellow and white daisies.

The band, Drastic Measures, donated its talents, filling the air with music all afternoon.

Billed as "fun for all ages," it was, indeed. Helen Kleibel, owner and director of High Prarie Farms Equestrian Center, graciously provided the setting for the festival in rural Parker.

Amid white-fenced acres and green-roofed barns, meticulously groomed horses and riders demonstrated the painstaking art of "dressage."

Complete harmony between both is required, as was demonstrated by members of the Rocky Mountain Dressage Society who participated in the championship center ring.

The neighborly turnout netted over $9,000 for research and family programs.

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