PHOTO ESSAY: Rockin’ the Green Chile

Photos by Ursala Hudson; text by Jacque Aragon

The 2017 Mountain Chile Cha Cha was a success! The weather started out ugly and got worse — but eventually calmed down enough to allow us to enjoy the day.

One hundred and fifty die-hard runners braved morning trail races full of mud, thunder, rain and lightning. Thirty-seven chile entrants showed up with umbrellas and big crock pots of green chile. Volunteers gladly splashed through the park to help.

Rain wasn’t the only thing being poured, margaritas were being tried and voted for. The Brooks-I Band debuted a song called, “Do the chile cha cha” that was an instant hit. The beer garden served up lots of cervezas.

Chile & Margarita Winners:

3rd Place — Garrett Hammer – V2
2nd Place — Juanita Aragon – V6
1st Place — Jaclyn Kleckner – V4

3rd Place — Nettie Wood – M30
2nd Place — Isabel Herrera – M20
1st Place — River Pitcher – M31

People’s Choice:
3rd Place — Los Dos Charros M3
2nd Place — Nettie Wood M30
1st Place — Ron Martinez M32

3rd Place — Peak Deli M6
2nd Place — Pagosa Baking M4
1st Place — Los Dos Charros M3

Margarita Contest Winners:
Classic Margarita Champions — Chavolo’s Taqueria
Creative Margarita Champions — Coyote Moon

2017 Chile Judges: Diana Aragon, Ross Lewis, Michael Wedemeyer

A Giant THANK YOU to all who came out to the Cha Cha! Muchas gracias!


Ursala Hudson

Pagosa Springs artist, graphic designer and photographer Ursala Hudson creates websites, paints, cooks, gardens, and raises her two daughters with her partner Chris Haas. She's also president and one of the founders of Pagosa Peak Open School, the community's new charter elementary school.