Inagural La Junta Tarantula Fest Parade Results and Livestream Video

Description: Charlie Fox as the King of Tarantulas, won best costume for the Tarantula Fest competition. He's pictured posing with Event Organizer Angela Ayala.

Published: 10/08/2022
Byline: Hart

Inagural La Junta Tarantula Fest Parade Results

The people of Southeast Colorado came together to celebrate the Tarantulas of Southeast Colorado for the first Tarantula Festival in La Junta, Colorado. 

The La Junta Tourism Board Tarantula Fest Planning Committee, consisting of volunteers, spent months laying out plans for the inaugural event celebrating the Colorado Brown Tarantula's Mating Season. 

The celebration kicked off with a family bike ride and parade Saturday morning and featured activities like a Hairy Leg Contest and an eight-legged race.

The community came together in downtown La Junta for a day of activities and family fun.

Best Costume: The King of the Tarantulas - Charlie Fox

Best Tarantula Theme: Dirt Lovers Softball

Mayor's Choice: Sophie Klob as the Human Tarantula

Best Float: Tarantula Attack - Thunder Media (not pictured)

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Livestream Coverage Sponsored by: The City of La Junta, H&R Block of La Junta and Lamar, Golden Plains Insurance, La Junta Trading Company, Klein Makerspace, and the Picketwire Players...

Parade Route: The parade lineup started at 5th & Santa Fe and went North to 2nd Street, then turned from 2nd Street onto Colorado and then up to 6th & Colorado where the parade ended.

Parade Entries were judged in the following Categories:

-Best Costume

-Best Float

-Best Tarantula Theme

Inagural Tarantula Fest Parade Participants Included:

La Junta Chief of Police Todd Quick

1. American Legion Post #9

2. Mayor of La Junta-Joe Ayala

3. Colorado Arachnid Club

4. United States Forest Service

5. Oquist Spiderlings

6. T.R.Y. (Tiger Resources for Youth)

7. US Bank

8. Dirt Lovers Softball

9. La Junta Chamber of Commerce

10. Edward Jones-Toni Madrid

11. La Junta High School Cheer

12. The Human Tarantula-Sophie Klob

13. Evergreen Gardens

14. Woodruff Memorial Library

15. The State Bank

16. King of Tarantulas-Charlie Fox

17. Thunder Media

18. The A.R.T. Project

19. Otero College CDS

20. Southeast Colorado Antique Vehicle Club 

A message from event organizers:

"We hope you all had a wonderful time and will help us continue this community event for years to come!"

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