Saturday, June 13, 2015


Charles W. Hoffman

With storms moving across Eastern Colorado, and the large tornados in the Simla area on Thursday, I couldn’t help but wonder if Limon’s “Tornado Days” event was just taunting Mother Nature.

When Saturday rolled around, and the celebration got underway to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the Limon Tornado, Mother Nature shined favorably on the event.

The day began with the more ambitious characters entering the 5K run/walk that began at 8 a.m. There were 40 participants who got up early to raise money for the Relay for Life team and help support cancer research.

A little later in the morning, a large crowd turned out to celebrate and enjoy the festivities at the Rail Road Park in Limon.

Local vendors lined the walkway through the park. You could browse the tables filled with arts and crafts, locally produced honey, metal art, jewelry, candles, health products, signs and more.  While the adults were shopping, an inflatable bounce house and obstacle courses, face painting and plenty of games kept the kids occupied and provided all the fun in the sun you could handle.

With activities like these, people need to eat, and thanks to a BBQ station and the Knights of Columbus, nobody went hungry. Pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket plates and pork ribs fresh off of the train engine smoker provided meal options for all. If smoked meat wasn’t on your menu, the Knights of Columbus had hamburgers and chips to fuel your afternoon.

When you needed a break from the sunshine, the old school house, the Bailey saddle museum and the railroad depot provided a cool and shady spot to soak in some local culture.

Inside of the railroad depot, displays of photos and newspaper clippings about the 1990 tornado lined the waiting area. Guests were amazed at the memories that all of the photos brought back. Plenty of stories were shared in the depot on Saturday, and many people will surely return to see the rest of the displays and exhibits.

As the rains rolled in, people filed into the Lincoln Theater to enjoy a double feature that included a documentary about the Limon tornado.

Good times and good people came together last weekend to celebrate the rebuilding of a community 25 years in the making.

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