South Fork Friends Foundation is gearing up for annual yard sale

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SOUTH FORK — The South Fork Friends Foundation is ready for its annual town-wide yard sale but is still hoping to draw more interest from homes.

The map is growing every day and will consist of private locations and those that are set up at the South Fork Visitor Center on the day of the event. 

Now is the time to get rid of the old and maybe come out to find something new. The annual event also corresponds with the annual town-wide clean-up event which gives residents in the 81154 zip code a chance to clean up their yards, garages, and homes. Two dumpsters will be available throughout the day on June 11. Residents can bring everything except paint, chemicals, electronics and large appliances to be disposed of for free.  

For people that wish to set up a table or booth at the Visitor Center, the town has a minimal number of tables that can be leased. The map with private residences participating in the yard sale will be released the night before on social media and a paper copy can be picked up Saturday morning, June 11.

In other news, the foundation was recently awarded two grants that will partially help pay for a multi-use cement pad to be laid in Rickel Park. The cement pad will serve as basketball courts during the summer and as the ice-skating rink in the winter.

According to the foundation, “Other uses can be pickleball, rollerblading, roller skating, ice hockey, bicycling, etc. We are working with the Town of South Fork and True Grit Excavation to get this project started soon and expect it to be done mid-to-late summer. One grant for $20,000 is from the Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation in Pueblo and the other is for $30,000 from Rio Grande County. The cost of the project is $98,560. SFFF will be starting a fundraising drive soon to come up with the rest of the money needed.  

This is only the beginning of events and fundraising opportunities to come this summer including the first-ever Arts and Craft Festival later in July and a pack burro racing event up Alder Creek in the fall. More details about these events and more will be released as they come available.

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