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Oktoberfest Dinner, Live and Silent Auctions

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Date October 7, 2023 for an “Oktoberfest” Dinner, Live and Silent Auction.

DINNER will start serving at 4 pm,
LIVE Auction starting at 6 pm
SILENT AUCTION bidding STOPS promptly at 6:30 pm

3rd  Annual “KID’S Only” Live AUCTION!!! Don’t Miss it!

Donations Letter – Oktoberfest 2023

The Howard Hall Community Center is back….. fully open and once again serving the community!

Letter from Howard Hall Association President:

Dear business owner,

The Howard Hall Community Center is a Colorado State registered non-profit tasked with the oversight and day-to-day operation of the Howard Hall Community Center In Howard Colorado.

Periodically, we hold fundraisers to help raise money to maintain and improve the Community Center and introduce new programs to the community such as our free computer classes for the technologically challenged, vaccination clinics, senior dance classes, monthly community luncheons and neighborhood business symposiums. We are also serve as the meeting place for many of our other local community associations and groups. 100% of the proceeds from this event, including the auction items, will go towards the ongoing maintenance and improvements needed for the Community Center

Our next upcoming community activity is our annual Oktoberfest celebration which will be held on Saturday, October 7th from 4 pm to 7 pm at Howard Hall. We will feature a traditional Oktoberfest menu, music, prizes, silent and live auctions and fun for the community.

We’d like to invite you to participate in the activities through a donation of goods or services to be included our silent or live auctions. Any service or item donation, small or large is very welcomed and greatly appreciated. Along with your generous donation, we would be pleased to display your related business cards, flyers or brochures during the event as well as include your business name in our display ad in the Mountain Mail newspaper as well as in our Facebook page and website so our attendees can be aware of your generous support and hopefully return the favor through their continued patronage.

AND don’t miss our 3rd Annual “Kids Only” live Auction!

It’s greatly through the wonderful support of local businesses such as yours that allow us to continue offering community programs and support!

Thank you so very much,
David Van Nattan

“Beat the Queen” Chili Cookoff

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“Beat the Queen” Chili Cookoff

Cook your Chili at home, have it at the Howard Hall between
10am & NOON September 9th ready to start selling your chili samples
Tickets counted at 2PM. Please make at least (3) gallons of chili.

Prizes for Cooks:
1st $50 Gift Certificate from Sugarbush, Trophy and Surprise Gift
2nd Trophy, Apron
3rd Apron

Additional prizes:
Gift for best decorated cooking space
Gift for youngest contestant
Apron for furthest traveled visitor

When?  September 9th
Where? Howard Hall, 5510 Cty Rd 45
Time? Noon-3:00 pm
Voting ends @ 2:00 pm.

TO REGISTER and Rules:

Call Deborah to register at 719-459-0993. Deborah will assign a number to you that will be on your table when you arrive. This number is for voting purposes. Deborah will also explain the additional Rules.

Winner’s will be chosen by popular vote (one vote per person by the voting ticket). You can make green chili or red chili, however there will NOT be separate winners. There is only one category which is “CHILI”.

*All donations go to Howard Hall

$5.00 at door for 10 tickets, which is for 10 samples. If you need more tickets they will be 2 for a dollar.

Water & pop will be $1.00 each.
There will be a bake sale also.

5th Annual 4th of July Community BBQ and Fun!

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July 2, 2023 (July 4th) Celebration”

(Due to the July 4th 2023 is on a Tuesday,

the Howard Hall BBQ & Festivities
will be held on Sunday July 2, 2023, from 11am until 3pm or…..)

5th Annual 4th of July

“Community BBQ AND FUN”

Come & join us for a day of “Food & Fun”

“Carnival Games” to play for prizes!

Join in on the “Cake Walk” & OH! Don’t forget the “BBQ”!!!

Tour the NEW Ambulance and receive FREE…

Ice Cream from AVAD!

Held at the Howard Hall Community Center,

5510 County Rd 45, Howard, CO

Sunday July 2, 2023, from 11am until 3pm OR…

Hamburger OR Brat OR Hot Dog, Potato Salad OR Chips, Corn on the Cob (cooked on the grill), Baked Beans, Drink – $15-Adults, Children 10 & under FREE. Historical Guided Tour Rides around Old Howard by the Western Fremont Historical Society. The  “Old Church” building open for tours and information.

The AVAD Ambulance crew will be passing out FREE Ice Cream treats and

Tours of the NEW  AVAD Ambulance!

By the way…..  Check out the Car Show!!! Sponsored by the

Western Historical Society!

Update on 2018 Mexican Dinner & Silent Auction

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The Howard Hall Community Center is located at 5410 County Rd 45, Howard CO 81233

The Howard Hall Community Center (HHCC) belongs to the community and is maintained by the Howard Hall Association (HHA). The HHCC is available for a minimal fee for weddings, birthday & anniversary parties, meetings, computer classes, dance classes, public speaking events etc. If you are interested in booking the HHCC go to our website and click on the ‘Reserve the Hall’ link.

To help maintain the Hall with the monthly expenses and maintenance, the HHA has several fundraisers during the year. A Mexican Dinner and Silent Auction held every year in February, in the fall a Chili or Spaghetti Supper, and on July 4th – an old fashioned Community BBQ is held as a THANK YOU to the community for their support. We hold the BBQ in conjunction with the Western Fremont Historical Society (WFHS). At this BBQ the WFHS gives a riding tour of old Howard on an old fashioned Trolley Car. We also have for the kids and adults a ‘Barrel Train’ that gives rides. Not to mention the food!!!

This Community BBQ starts on July 4th at 11 am – 3 pm so that you still have time to get to your favorite spot to watch the 4th of July fireworks.

You can also help with maintaining the Hall with the monthly expenses and maintenance, with sending your donation to the Howard Hall Association at P.O. Box 92, Howard, CO 81233

For more information or if you would be interested in volunteering to be on the HHA board, contact Howard Hall Association President: Norm Stegeman 719-484-9956.

3rd Annual Mexican Dinner & Fundraiser

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“Mexican Dinner & Fundraiser” On February 24, 2018 – 4:30 pm to 7 pm, Silent Auction bidding stops at 6:45 pm

This is our 3rd Annual “Mexican Dinner & Fundraiser”, Mark your calendar – February 24, 2018….. AND notice the new serving starting time…. Serving from 4:30pm to 7:00pm or until we run out of food.

Same low price…..

Adult’s and youth age 11 & above $10, children 10 & under FREE.

Come & bid on the many great “Silent Auction” items that have been donated by local merchants and local community artists.
Silent auction bids start at 4:30 pm and bidding ends at 6:45 pm.

Door Prize drawings throughout the meal (door prize recipients must be present to win)!

Smothered Beef Burrito (green chili)
Mexican Rice
Refried Beans
Taco Bar
Dessert – ICE CREAM

Proceeds to benefit the Howard Hall for upkeep and maintenance.
For more information or if you would like to donate an item for the silent auction contact:


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The Cotopaxi Lions Club is having a 2018 Community Photo Contest.


  • Photos must be from the Upper Arkansas River Valley.
  • Submit your favorite photo as a 5 x 7 print to enter the contest by September 18, 2017. Photos must be in a horizontal landscape (not vertical or portrait).
  • Photos must be a 5 x 7 print as well as either CD, jump drive, digital format, etc. The original photo will be returned to the contestant.
  • On a separate sheet of paper, please include the name of the photographer and a brief description or location of the photo. Please do not write on the photo itself.
  • The photo may be enhanced using a computer assisted program.


  • 10-12 photos will be selected for greeting cards.
  • Photos will be selected by a panel of judges selected by the Cotopaxi Lions Club.
  • All unselected photos will be returned to the owner.
  • Previously selected photos are not eligible.


  • It is understood that by submitting a photo to the Cotopaxi Lions Club Contest, the contestant is giving permission and ownership rights to the Cotopaxi Lions Club for reproduction. As a result, no copyrights will be accepted.
  • It is understood that the use of the photo by the Cotopaxi Lions Club is for greeting cards.

Photos must be submitted by September 18, 2017 to any Cotopaxi Lions Club member.

For more information please contact:  Jolene DeVries (942-4070); Tomalee Young (942-4177); or Betsy Denney (942-3679)

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, $50, $30, $20 and runners up will receive a consolation prize.


Annual Holiday Bazaar

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Annual Holiday Christmas Bazaar

Held at the Howard Hall in Howard, CO on November 4, 2017 at 8 am to 2 pm.

Hand made items! One of a kind items! This is your chance to ‘Beat The Crowds’ and get some Holiday shopping done early.

For more information and/or to reserve your table contact Jackie Stegeman at  719-484-9116

Huge Pleasant Valley Community Yard Sale

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Let’s Do It Again!


Held at the Howard Hall, 5510 County Road 45, Howard, CO September 23, 2017, Starting at 8am going to 3pm

Inside 8′ table or 10′ x 10′ outside space
Light lunch for sale.
Come browse around or call Stacy 371-8721 to reserve a table or space!

Community Ice Cream Social – FREE

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You are invited to Howard Hall for a FREE old fashioned Ice Cream Social! Bring the kids and enjoy some good ole’ home made ice!

Baked goods of all kinds will be on sale (for a donation) to go with your ice cream!

Held on: Saturday August 19, 2017, starting at 6pm until the ice cream and all of the baked goods are gone.

Sponsored by: The Pleasant Valley Club

FREE Computer Classes

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The Howard Hall Association in conjunction with TEKnical Services will begin offering free computer classes for local area residents.  Classes will be held on Tuesday Evenings at Howard Hall beginning August 8th.  Classes will start at 6:00 pm and last approx. 1 1/2 hours.  Go to for additional information and class requirements.