4th of July Weekend Activities
at the Santa Fe Trail Ranch
By Harriet Vaugeois
Photos by Walt Wolff

Thanks to a tremendous effort on the part of lots of ranch residents, and the exciting participation of all those ranch owners who drove over for the festivities, the much-anticipated 4th of July weekend of events went off without a hitch.

The weekend began with volunteers greeting everyone at the ranch entrance, where important information about fire safety was handed out and visitors were checked in.

Harriet Vaugeois greets Bret and Chris Bolton on the bridge
Harriet Vaugeois greets Bret and Chris Bolton on the bridge

The Emergency Services committee wanted to be sure that they knew who was on the ranch in case we had another fire emergency and would need to contact everyone.  We were fortunate that we had a great weekend, lots of visitors, and NO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS FIRE ACCIDENTS.  Everyone is to be congratulated for their diligence and care while on the ranch.

Friday morning was the fishing tournament.  Check the photos and story already posted about that event.

Friday night was the Town Hall meeting.

Jim Davis reports on water system status
Jim Davis reports on water system status

Check minutes from that meeting on the website.

Saturday morning saw the line-up of SUVs caravanning along Gallinas Parkway toward the picnic grounds.

Saturday morning saw the line-up of SUVs caravanning along Gallinas Parkway 




toward the picnic grounds

The food tent sat in the middle of the activities.  An arc of canopies and picnickers surrounded the food tent.
The food tent sat in the middle of the activities.  An arc of canopies and picnickers surrounded the food tent.

Harry Ritchie was in charge of games
Harry Ritchie was in charge of games

Suzanne Davis took care of the logo wear and raffle tables
Suzanne Davis took care of the logo wear and raffle tables

Dennis Scott and Diane Rader at the Emergency Services table
Dennis Scott and Diane Rader at the Emergency Services table

If you think Diane and Dennis look cold in the above photo, you're right.  As tradition would have it, and despite the drought, it rained in the middle of the picnic.  Did we care?  Absolutely not.  We all just rushed to the logowear table for sweatshirts, moved under the many canopies, and kept on with the fun.  The rain was a steady, but fine, mist and came without any of that pesky wind that we so often get here.  Once the rain was through, giving us our much needed moisture, the sun came back out, and we warmed up again.

Steve Bolton, Francie Purswell, Chief Curro, and Linda Austin
Steve Bolton, Francie Purswell, Chief Curro, and Linda Austin

The auctioneer warms up, and auction organizers Carol Fredrich and Sue Downs give Janice Hines one last look at the goods
The auctioneer warms up, and auction organizers Carol Fredrich and Sue Downs give Janice Hines one last look at the goods

Chuck Ferraro and Mike Fredrich negotiate with the auctioneer
Chuck Ferraro and Mike Fredrich negotiate with the auctioneer

The egg toss was an amazing event, teaming up generational pairs
The egg toss was an amazing event, teaming up generational pairs

Some of our amazing firefighting team: Ed Hockett, Eddie Gieske, Paul Montoya, Buddy Curro, and Mike Shelton
Some of our amazing firefighting team: Ed Hockett, Eddie Gieske, Paul Montoya, Buddy Curro, and Mike Shelton

Emcee Fred Vaugeois and Suzanne Davis, call off the winning raffle numbers
Emcee Fred Vaugeois and Suzanne Davis, call off the winning raffle numbers.  Thanks to the Quilting group and Stan Obrey for the quilt and quilt stand, to Shiela Chattelaine for the Cowboy doll, and to Chuck Ferrero and Paul Montoya for the handcrafted knife.

Jim Davis is hopeful for a raffle win
Jim Davis is hopeful for a raffle win

All too soon, it's time for the clean-up crew to take over.  Diane Rader and Harriet Vaugeois are good at taking things apart!
All too soon, it's time for the clean-up crew to take over.  Diane Rader and Harriet Vaugeois are good at taking things apart!

Brett Bolton and Paul Montoya start carting things out
Brett Bolton and Paul Montoya start carting things out

For the second year in a row, proceeds from the picnic will go to our Fisher's Peak Fire Protection District.  We made over $1300 on the auction, over $600 on the fishing derby, and over $2,000 on the raffle and sale of logowear.

Thanks to everybody for the good food, the willingness to participate in all the activities, and the generous support of the raffle and auction.

Attendance was high, especially among those who don't live on the ranch yet.  It was great to see so many owners and to meet a large number of new owners.

Special thanks to Gina Raye for donating the rented PA system and to Harry Ritchie for organizing hours of games for the kids and for donating the auctioneer services of his son.

July 4th seems to be the best time for our picnic, so put the same weekend on your calendars for next year.