Horses in last year’s Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive make their way down U.S. Highway 40 in Maybell. The Maybell Cultural Heritage Days event, which has been associated with the horses passing through the small community for six years, has been cancelled this year due to what organizers call “permitting issues.”

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Horses in last year’s Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive make their way down U.S. Highway 40 in Maybell. The Maybell Cultural Heritage Days event, which has been associated with the horses passing through the small community for six years, has been cancelled this year due to what organizers call “permitting issues.”

Organizers cancel this year’s Maybell Cultural Heritage Days

Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive to continue as planned

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In 2010, Maybell Cultural Heritage Days attracted the largest crowd in its six-year history.

About 1,500 people attended the event, which coincides with the annual Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive.

Despite last year’s success, Maybell Cultural Heritage Days will be taking this year off because of what organizer Lisa Balstad called “permitting issues.”

“Last year, the event really grew and brought some things to our attention,” she said. “It’s just some stuff that needs to be addressed but takes some time to work through.

“We need to do what’s right, so that’s just what we’re going to have to do this year.”

This year’s event was scheduled to take place May 7 and 8 in Maybell Park. The event cancellation was announced last week.

Lee Peters, coordinator of the Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive, said the drive will take place as planned with about 600 horses being driven through the town about 30 miles west of Craig.

“We’re still going to come right through downtown Maybell (on) Sunday morning,” he said.

Balstad declined to comment on what permits are needed for the festival to take place. However, she said event organizers wouldn’t be able to get the permits in time for this year’s festival.

“We’re pretty disappointed,” she said. “We’ve been growing the event for the last few years, but it’s just one of those things. It’s just a little bit of a setback.”

Balstad said there is hope the event will return next year.

“It was a tough decision, but it was a decision that had to be made for this year,” she said. “We hope to work through this stuff and have things in place for 2012.”

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Comments

David Moore 3 years, 9 months ago

Bummer, I grew to kinda like that event. One thing I believe they need to research in the down time is the safety factor involved in the horse drive through town. There needs to be barriers or some sort of boundary to keep people at a certain distance from the onslaught of 600 semi-tame horses galloping through town. As I stand and watch this spectacular event unfold, I have been a little nervous as to how close the crowd is to these animals, some of them running at full gallop. I would hate to see a half dozen spooked horses plowing through a crowd of families and spectators standing to close. Please, while reviewing the permitting issues, look at the safety issues as well. Hope to see this event "back in the saddle" for next year.

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David Moore 3 years, 9 months ago

My assumption is permits for the vendors and whatnot that were in the park during the drive. Don't remember any alcohol being served so that can't be it.

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wellwell 3 years, 9 months ago

Maybell,

This is so important to Moffat County, Colorado, and the people that attend. The vendors were a very good part of the event. Like "Cash Cab" or "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" ask for "Shoutout" or a "Call a Friend" and we would be willing to help.

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