CCCIA Expo: informative fun

Barbara Lawlor, Coal Creek Canyon.  An exposition is a community exhibition designed to inform and invite its members to learn about the myriad services, entertainments and organizations that are available in one’s neighborhood.


For the third consecutive year, the Coal Creek Canyon Improvement Association Expo welcomed old-timers and newcomers to the all-community event, which was held last Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Those who attended were amazed at how much they didn’t know about what was going on just down the road, or on the other side of the hill. Sky Watchers, one of the sponsors, had an exhibit booth along with many other local organizations. “The purpose of the Community Expo is to make sure our community knows about all the local activities to enjoy and the opportunities to participate in them, right here in Coal Creek Canyon.”


Upon entering the meeting room, the welcoming aroma of meatballs drenched in barbecue sauce and fresh baked goods along with a subtle whiff of chocolate, in many forms, made one feel happy they arrived at the party. And a great party it was.


All the food and drinks were free, and throughout the afternoon, door prizes were given away to those who visited all the vendors and had a Bingo card stamped. Through a generous donation from United Power, Expo organizers purchased some Eldora Four-Pack Ski Passes to be included as an excellent door prize. One lucky guy won the super-luscious looking homemade apple pie.


Some local churches offered Bibles along with brownies, welcoming people to their services. The CCC Bicycle Club handed out literature and invited kids to join in the fun, and a Boy Scout leader informed parents and kids about how to join one of the oldest boys’ clubs in the country.


Nederland’s Carousel of Happiness had a booth enticing canyon to residents to feel the joy that a trip to Ned could offer.


Fire partners, Saws and Slaws and Watershed groups explained what they did and encouraged people to jump on the wagon of mitigation and recovery efforts.


Kathy Bremers was proud of the exhibit provided by her watercolor painting students, and her own work was also on display.


The room was noisy, in a good way, with the chatter of people asking questions, getting answers, exchanging some gossip tidbits and exclaiming over the delicious treats to be found at every table.


The CCCIA was originally founded 70 years ago, in 1947, to bring utility services to the canyon, to lobby for paving and to establish the volunteer fire department.


Since then it has evolved into supporting local kids’ groups, providing scholarships and contributing to emergency community needs.



(Originally published in the October 26, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)

Barbara Lawlor

Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.