Victorian, Cowboy Ball a success |

Victorian, Cowboy Ball a success

Linda Balough
Special to the DailyThree women show off their Victorian costumes last weekend at the seventh annual Victorian and Cowboy Ball in Fairplay.

FAIRPLAY – A charity Victorian and Cowboy Ball brought revelers from South Park, Colorado Springs and as far away as Texas, to the Fairplay Hotel last weekend.

Ball-goers donned in period apparel stepped out to old-time dances such as reels, quadrilles and a grand march that snaked around the ballroom and out into the hotel lobby.

The event last Saturday night filled nearly all the lodging in the Park County seat, attracting more than 170 people. The South Park Sertoma Organization sponsors the ball, then uses proceeds to support worthy charities in the area.

“We’ve raised more than $5,000 this weekend,” said event organizer Jerry LiPuma of Breckenridge, who was dressed as 1880s cowboy W.T. Slick Clements.

According to long-time attendees, the costumes have gotten increasingly ornate and authentic since the ball’s inception seven years ago. They are so realistic that a lawman meets each gentleman at the door to inspect his sidearm to be sure it isn’t loaded.

“We’re seeing more and more young people taking part in this, not just us old guys,” LiPuma said. “We love that.”

Sertoma is an international organization whose focus is primarily on providing assistance for speech and hearing problems. However, the local group is involved in a number of charitable causes. For more information, contact LiPuma at (970) 453-5869 or Rich Poveromo at Fairplay Sporting Goods at (719) 836-2470.

– Linda Balough

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