Early Iron to host special guest in 2019

Early Iron Club President, Matt Beckner and Treasurer Roni Wisdom present to the Alamosa Local Marketing District and Tourism Board on Thursday night./Courier photo by Helen Smith

ALAMOSA-The San Luis Valley Early Iron Festival is looking to bring a nationally known TV personality to Alamosa in 2019.

At the Alamosa Local Marketing District and Tourism Board meeting Thursday, Early Iron Club President Matt Beckner and Treasurer Roni Wisdom presented a request to the Marketing Board for funding towards the cost of bringing the show, “My Classic Car” hosted by Dennis Gage to the 2019 Early Iron Festival.

Beckner pointed out that the opportunity to bring the show to the San Luis Valley is a chance for a great deal of exposure for the Early Iron Festival and the San Luis Valley. Gage and his crew plan to visit Alamosa and film part of the show’s 24th season during the festival and will likely highlight area attractions such as the Great Sand Dunes as well. The Early Iron Club is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a nationally acclaimed series to the Valley.

Dennis Gage is the owner of the production company, MadStache, Inc. The “My Classic Car” series originally aired in 1996 and now reaches over 100 million households and is featured on networks such as NBC Sports. “My Classic Car” is a result of Gage’s lifelong love for automobiles. Gage enjoyed a career as a country-rock musician and has opened for acts such as Charlie Daniels. He also holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Idaho and was a product development scientist for 10 years at the Procter and Gamble Company where he was instrumental in the making of Pringles. He considers his current work in television  “the ultimate job.”

The Early Iron Club requested $3,000 from the Marking Board for covering the cost of bringing Gage to Alamosa. The board voted unanimously to approve the request.