Ignacio Celebrates San Ignacio Fiesta

Southern Ute tribal elder, Eddie Box Jr. rides his motorcycle down Goddard Avenue in celebration of San Ignacio Fiesta, Saturday, July 30. Eddie and wife, Betty Box always participate in the San Ignacio Parade, handing out dollar coins to children along the parade route.
Celebrating their 50th high school reunion, classmates Ramona Eagle, Janie Herrera and Laura Pargin gathered in the Ignacio High School parking lot as they prepare for the San Ignacio Fiesta Parade.
Sonny Flores (right) and Phillip Le warmup in preparation for the cornhole tournament hosted by Farmers Fresh Market.
Sandi Olguin and her granddaughter JazLynn’J Price create a tile at the Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center kids interactive project to take home. A fundraiser selling you-make-it windchimes and a baked goods sale helped raise funds for the Arts Center building.
Carolee, Kylie and Kayliana Maestas add paint to the mural that will be displayed in Ignacio. The location will to be determined through a vote by attendees at the San Ignacio Fiesta in the Shoshone Town Park.
Tara Vigil admires some of the work created by Tyla Rose (Frost) of Early Dawn Woman (EDW) Creations, as Tyla’s sister, Jennifer assists with sales at the EDW booth. Rose is a Southern Ute tribal member and creates custom beadwork.
Members of the Ignacio girls basketball team held a baked goods fundraiser during the festivities at the Ignacio Town Park. Team members, left to right: Solymar Cosio, Harmony Reynolds, Laci Brunson, coach Trae Seibel, and Cloe Seibel.
Southern Ute Veterans Association members, Howard Richards Sr., Bruce Valdez and Gordon Hammond, lead the annual San Ignacio Fiesta parade on Goddard Avenue in Ignacio.
Southern Ute tribal member, Yllana Howe throws candy to parade attendees. Howe was the 2019-2020 San Ignacio Fiesta Queen.
Betty Box hands out dollar coins to the children in attendance.
Pictured left to right, Howard Richards Sr., Rod Grove and Bruce Valdez attend the Saint Ignatius Mass during the San Ignacio Fiesta weekend, Sunday, July 31.
Father Cesar of the Saint Ignatius Church asked tribal elders, Russel Blackbird and Terry Knight Sr., to say a prayer in their native language during Sunday Mass.
Southern Ute tribal elder, Dedra White Eagle waves at onlookers lining Goddard Avenue for this year’s San Ignacio Parade, Saturday, July 30.
Terence Whyte | SU Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Krista Richards | SU Drum
Krista Richards | SU Drum
Krista Richards | SU Drum
Krista Richards | SU Drum
Krista Richards | SU Drum
Terence Whyte | SU Drum

The 122nd San Ignacio Fiesta celebration kicked off on Saturday, July 30, in Ignacio. “Let Peace Prevail” was this year’s parade theme. Attendees were able to attend activities set up at Shoshone Park which included: kiddie pools, kids’ yoga, community mural paintings and more. Farmers Fresh Grocery store hosted this year’s cornhole tournament and a taco bar. St. Ignatius Church had their St. Ignatius of Loyola Mass for the community followed by a lunch that provided indoor and outdoor seating and entertainment, Sunday, July 31.

San Ignacio Fiesta Results 2022


  • Grand Prize: $500 Cash – Danny Bean
  • 2nd Prize: Apple Watch – Jeanette deKay
  • 3rd Prize: Pendleton Blanket – Eddie Box, Jr.
  • 4th Prize: $300 Cash – Laura Medina 
  • 5th Prize: Schwinn Exercise Bike – James Sanchez 
  • 6th Prize: $200 Cash – Chris Chavez
  • 7th Prize: Kitchen Package – Veronica Pinnecoose
  • 8th Prize: Outdoor Fire Pit – Avalyna Sanchez 
  • 9th Prize: Sterling Silver Necklace – Peggy Duggan 
  • 10th Prize: $100 Seven Rivers – Stan & Stella Cox 
  • 11th Prize: Cast Iron Dutch Oven – Tige Fiedor
  • 12th Prize: $100 Cash – Ahna Young 
  • 13th Prize: Lovey Mouse w/Cheese – Marie Valdez
  • 14th Prize: Bed Bath & Beyond – Michael Overright 
  • 15th Prize: $50 Cash – Mel Archuleta
  • 16th Prize: Wooden Bowls – Katie O’Hare
  • 17th Prize: $50 Cash – Malina Casias 
  • 18th Prize: Rocky Mtn. Chocolate Factory – Joyce Duran 
  • 19th Prize: Danny’s Space Rocket Salsa – K.B.
  • 20th Prize: $25 Applebees – Melissa Bynum 


  • Grand Prize: Bayfield Belles
  • 1st Children Walking: Ignacio Girls Basketball 
  • 1st Royalty: San Ignacio Queen 2018 – Yllana Howe
  • 1st Political: Jack Turner for County Commissioner – Donation back to Church
  • 2nd Political: Shelli Shaw for House District 59
  • 3rd Political: La Plata County Democrats – Lisa Weber
  • 1st Commercial: Gallegos Concrete Co.
  • 2nd Commercial: Farmers Fresh – Donation back to Church
  • 1st Non-Commercial: San Juan Basin Shrine Club Tin Lizzie Unit
  • 2nd Non-Comm.: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – St. Ignatius Carmelitas 
  • 3rd Non-Commercial: 1972 IHS Class Reunion
  • 1st Children Riding: Cash Rodriguez
  • 2nd Children Riding: Terrance Hight
  • 1st Civic/CommSvc: Native American Ministry – Dedra White Eagle
  • 2nd Civic/CommSvc: The Ignacio Creative District
  • 3rd Civic/CommSvc: Town of Ignacio – Clark Craig

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