Letter to the editor: Thanks for making crane fest successful

The 35th Monte Vista Crane Festival was a huge success this year. Demand for tours was high and all were filled to capacity. I spoke to many guests that had come for the first time due to the many publicity efforts put forth by the Crane Fest planning committee this year.

Hosting this event would not be possible without the support and active participation of these sponsoring businesses, organizations, and people:


Platinum Sponsors

CT Compost Technologies

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Monte Vista Cooperative

Rio Grande County Tourism Board

Rio Grande Savings and Loan Association

Rio Grande Water Conservation District

Sandhill Inn and Suites

The Colorado Farm Brewery

Troy Plane State Farm Insurance

Vortex Optics


Gold Sponsors

China Garden Restaurant

Jacks Market Pharmacy

San Luis Valley Federal Bank

Skyline Hospitality (Comfort Inn, Super 8, IHOP)

Sunflour Café and Bakery

The Prairie Dog Coalition, HSUS


Wingspan Optics


Silver Sponsors

Absolute Shine Auto Body & Paint

Broken Arrow Ranch & Land Co.

Colorado Potato Administrative Committee

Nazarene Thrift Store

Mountain View Restaurant

Pizza Hut of Monte Vista


Bronze Sponsors

DQ Grill & Chill

Fernandez Taqueria and Laundry

J & B Tax Accountants

CIA Leavitt Insurance Agency

Rotary Club International


Individual Sponsors

Dr. David Hinkley, O.D.

Walter S. Fullwood, CPA, P.C.


In Kind Services Sponsors

Extreme Graphics

KRZA radio

KSBV radio “the river rat”


Master Print & Web Design

MDS Waste & Recycling

O & V Printing

ProVisions by Marilyn

Above all, thanks go to the unsung; the City of Monte Vista staff that quietly go about their business behind the scenes, hanging banners, cleaning the building and restrooms, processing vendor registrations, and all the other tasks I’ve forgotten to mention.

Please support and thank these businesses, organizations, and people whenever you can.


Jerry Apker

Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce


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