Here’s something you probably hadn’t thought of in your search for the ideal neighborhood: owning a ringside seat at the dog competition. That’s right. Local retrievers vying for the Canine Cannonball and Best Retriever awards at last weekend’s Lyons Outdoor Games competed at the pond just behind the homes in Lyons Valley Park.

It may not seem like a big deal to you, but those dogs — and their owners — were an enthusiastic bunch. The athleticism of a motivated retriever leaping from the platform in pursuit of a toy duck is a joy to behold. Kinda makes you feel good all over.

Like living in Lyons Valley Park. The location is unbeatable, the well-designed homes are first-class and the community is the sort of place folks are surprised to hear still exists. Recommending Lyons to future homeowners is an easy gig, especially in the summer.

The Outdoor Games kicked off a summer line-up that includes everything from a celebration of yesteryear to jammin’ to the music of songwriters from across the globe at the incredible Folk Festival in August. Click for details:

32nd Annual Lyons Good Old Days (June 27-29)

Lyons Studio Tour (June 27-29)

Lyons 5K River Run (June 29)

36th Annual RockyGrass Festival (July 25-27)

The Song School songwriting workshop (Aug 10-14)

18th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (Aug 15-17)

Visit the Lyons Chamber of Commerce website for the complete 2008 calendar. While you’re in town, stop by Lyons Valley Park. We’re just south of the bridge along the St. Vrain at the east end of town. Open 11-6 pm, 7 days a week.