Simla Day is small-town treat in Elbert County

Children’s games, vendors are among attractions at Labor Day event

Chancy J. Gatlin-Anderson
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 9/13/21

The town of Simla celebrated its annual Simla Days festival on Labor Day, bringing together hundreds of locals and out-of-town visitors. From children’s games to local vendors, the event had …

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Simla Day is small-town treat in Elbert County

Children’s games, vendors are among attractions at Labor Day event

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The town of Simla celebrated its annual Simla Days festival on Labor Day, bringing together hundreds of locals and out-of-town visitors. From children’s games to local vendors, the event had activities for attendees of all ages.

Dominick Black, a seven-year member of the Simla Board of Trustees, served as one of the coordinators for the event. He has been involved with the Simla Days event since moving from Denver nearly a decade ago.

“The event is amazing. It lets everybody in town touch base and gives the kids a chance to come out and play. Some people even come from Calhan, Elbert, and Kiowa,” said Black.

The Simla Days event had nearly a dozen local vendors spread throughout the downtown park. At the head of the park greeting visitors as they entered the festival was Dancing Jaguar Coffee, a new business based in the nearby town of Elbert. At their tent, visitors could purchase either hot or cold brew coffee to sip as they perused the event.

Joe and Erika Hulm, owners of Dancing Jaguar Coffee, import beans from Erika’s 50-year-old family farm in Honduras. “Tips and one dollar from each bag of coffee sold go toward helping fund a school on the farm for local children,” said Joe Hulm. “We are really trying to make positive change in the world.”

Like Dancing Jaguar Coffee, handmade products were a highlight of the vendor alley. Charlotte Stafford of KoDraHealing LLC sold essential oil-infused soaps and lip balms while Nancy McJunkin of Phoenix Scents sold scented candles, handmade textiles and jewelry. They were among many other sellers of handmade products.

Along with the vendors, the Simla branch of the Pines & Plains Library was present with countless books for attendees to take home at no charge. They also hosted a cornhole tournament for those interested.

A highlight of the event occurred around 10:45 a.m. when a bright orange medic helicopter touched down on Sioux Avenue in front of the Big Sandy Fire Protection building. Event attendees were able to talk with Flight for Life Colorado registered nurses and pilots, sit in the cockpit, and learn about the inner workings of a medic helicopter.

Next to the helicopter was an obstacle course for kids to experience what it is like to be a firefighter. Tiny children dressed up in firefighter uniforms maneuvered through tires, climbed through giant tubes, helped rescue fake people, and put out flameless fires. “I had fun,” said four-year-old Ilijah Mease of Simla. “My favorite part was putting out the fire.”

Currently, Simla Day for 2022 is scheduled for next Labor Day, Sept. 5.

For more information on Dancing Jaguar Coffee, including contact information, see facebook.com/dancingjaguar.

For more information on Flight for Life Colorado, see centura.org/our-network/flight-for-life.

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