Grand Junction firms finalists for statewide awards

Two Grand Junction companies have been selected as finalists in an annual awards program recognizing achievements in lifestyle industries in Colorado.

Bonsai Design and Vintage Overland are among the dozen finalists in the latest Wright Awards program conducted by Something Independent. The Denver-based coalition promotes entrepreneurism through a variety of programs.

Bonsai Design designs and installs outdoor recreation facilities, including adventure parks, canopy tours and zipline courses.

Vintage Overland builds lightweight teardrop camping trailers.

The finalists were selected from among 125 applicants on the basis of their connections to the outdoors and geographic diversity as well as their  innovation, leadership and community connections.

The Wright Awards program includes a two-day gathering of the finalists in Denver culminating with an awards night set for Oct. 18 at the Space Gallery. Finalists will share their stories through 90-second videos and then participate in a rapid-fire question-and-answer period. The winner will receive $5,000.

The other finalists for the latest Wright Awards are Backcountry Access in Boulder, Big Agnes in Steamboat Springs, Borealis Fat Bikes in Colorado Springs, Corbeaux in Aspen, Hala Gear in Steamboat Springs, Johnson & Held in Englewood, Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Rapidgrass Bluegrass Festival in Idaho Springs, South Main in Buena Vista and Waste Farmers in Denver and Delta.

For more information about Bonsai Design, visit the website at www.bonsai-design.com.

For more information about Vintage Overland, log on to www.vintageoverland.com.