ELHI falls into celebrations

O’hozhoni Larry climbs into a chair as she gets ready to eat a hamburger.
Jr. Miss Southern Ute, Autumn Sage cuts the ribbon to open the “Inspiration Square” alongside the Ignacio School District, Dancing Spirit Community Center and Ignacio Mayor Stella Cox.
Aislinn Ryder and Keona Whitey walk around the vendor booths that were set up selling.
Max Christianson waits patiently, while getting his face painted by Magic Brush face painting.
Mia Willie does not waste any time enjoying her cotton candy.
Ignacio High School welding students created this sculpture to display the ceramic hands that many organizations crafted to have installed in the “Inspiration Square.”
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum

The third annual Fall Harvest Festival began with the ribbon cutting for the new “Inspiration Square” on Friday, Oct. 5. The Square is a newly founded space for public events to be hosted, and for people to nurture new ideas and art. Post ribbon cutting, families spent the night playing cornhole, while eating the barbeque served and visiting with the many booths that were set up. In addition to the games, kids were encouraged to ride on the horse drawn carriage and get their faces painted, while their parents danced to some square stepping tunes and listened to the live music. As the night came to an end, buzzing conversation could be heard about the new square and families left smiling.

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