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Our View: Weekend events

Chechk out local sheep, electric vehicles, cyclists and homes

Days and evenings in La Plata County can be full. So many different activities appeal to so many different people.

But this weekend, the first weekend of fall, is more than full. In every direction there are activities galore.

We begin with Bayfield’s Heritage Day and Sheep Trailing on Saturday, which always includes a moving flock of sheep. Look for the sheep at about 9 a.m. on Buck Highway, followed by a parade on Mill Street with music, food and vendors. Fireworks at dusk have been scheduled. Visit bayfieldcoheritagedays.org for more information.

Electric vehicles and their owners will be on display at the La Plata County Fairgrounds between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, the first day of National Drive Electric Week. EVs are not the future – they are on the leading edge of the present.

Head to the event to talk to owners about their experiences with full electric vehicles and hybrids. A couple of auto dealers will have models available for drives. 4Core, the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, which promotes energy efficiencies, has been an early advocate for EVs.

The Parade of Homes takes place today, Saturday and Sunday. Eleven properties are open for view, including mixed office and living in the 500 block of East Second Avenue and at least three properties in Twin Buttes. This is an opportunity to see that development, west on U.S. Highway 160, with so much of its infrastructure – roads and open space – neatly in place from its beginning. The family success of NordicTrack exercise equipment funded Twin Buttes, we understand.

Homes in the Parade are at the high end of prices, but a kitchen layout or the decoration of a living room could be applied to homes at all levels. Take it in. The Durango Herald is a sponsor. For more information, visit hbasc.com/parade-of-homes.

On some of the many trails that surround Durango, and on county paved and gravel roads, Fort Lewis College’s annual Fall Blaze Bike Tour takes place Saturday. It includes two distance events for road, mountain and gravel riders. Afterward, there will be music and food for participants and supporters between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the FLC clocktower. Watch for cautionary signage and visit durangofallblaze.com for more information.

This is the first weekend of fall, although temperatures will continue to be warm. Enjoy these diverse activities as spectator or participant, and the crisp fall mornings.