This past July 4th I was standing on Main Street with hundreds of people watching Telluride’s 4th of July parade and I heard someone next to me say, “Gosh, this is very Mayberry.” I smiled. Seemingly every local dog was dressed in red white and blue–the parade did remind me of Mayberry, the fictional TV town where Andy Griffith and Barney Fife amused us with harmless home-town antics where the crime of the year was someone stealing Aunt Bee’s shoes. July 4th is not to be missed in Telluride with the parade, free root beer floats at the Museum, a town picnic and a fireworks display that rivals the grand displays of large cities.
One new tradition we started a couple of years ago is Telluride’s July 4th Hot Shot Photography contest. Here is how it works:
- Anyone (professional or amateur) can enter one photo in the contest. The photo must have a 4th of July flair to it.
- The photo MUST have been taken somewhere in San Miguel County on July 4th of that year.
- The judging panel looks at all entries and awards first prize ($500), second prize ($300), third prize ($100) and ten honorable mentions ($50 each).
Below are the top three winners from this year (2011):
First Prize: Mary Kenez with “The Tail End of the Parade.”
Second Prize: Tamara Strang with “Parade Time.”
Third Prize: Tamara Ogorzaly with “Telluride’s Favorite Vets.”
View all the photos from the Telluride 4th of July HOT SHOT Photography Contest.