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Fruita History Fair

Valley Gate Center, 210 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita
The Fruita Historic Preservation Board will host a Fruita History Fair at Valley Gate Center, 210 East Aspen Avenue, Fruita, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, April 26th. There is no charge. There will be displays of historic artifacts and photographs, covering the importance of agriculture, ranching, business, families, schools, houses, and Colorado National Monument to Fruita and the Grand Valley. There will also be a continuous digital slide show and period music, and board members will identify and scan or photograph historic artifacts, photographs, and postcards brought in by the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring in such artifacts and photographs and to ask questions. We may not know all of the answers, but we will do our best to find them!

Steve Hight, 858-6375

Dragon Unchained Festival and Faire

1699 H38 Road Delta, CO
Thunder Mountain Colorado Living History is once again sponsoring their annual Dragon Unchained Festival and Faire. This year, it’s not only a Renaissance faire, but they are now honoring all timelines from Iron Age Celts through the Wild West. The faire has expanded to a huge new property located at 1699 H38 Road in Delta, Colorado. (Follow signs off US 50) This free event will be held April 25-27 and May 2-4 from 10 am to 6 pm. Dress in historical garb and receive a prize. There will be contests and activities for all ages including: archery, javelins, knife & hawk, trebuchet, cannon demonstrations and blacksmith demonstrations. The festival will offer entertainment with music, dancers and vendors selling food and handmade wares. Camping passes available. For more information visit the web at or call John Harvey at (970) 497-6587.

John and Brenda Harvey

Backcountry Film Festival

Masonic Lodge - 2400 Consistory Court, Grand Junction CO 81501
The Colorado Mountain Club is thrilled to host the ninth annual world tour of the Winter Wildlands Alliance's Backcountry Film Festival at the Masonic Lodge in Grand Junction on Wednesday, April 2nd at 7pm.

The festival highlights the beauty and fun of the winter backcountry experience. The evening includes the year’s best ski films - promoting the work of grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of the backcountry, non-motorized recreation, and environmental preservation. Submissions come from renowned filmmakers who travel every corner of the globe to submit their best backcountry work, and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best film short. The films are juried by a select panel of judges and the top films are assembled into a 90-minute program. The evening will also include prize drawings & discounted CMC memberships!

$12 Tickets. All Proceeds Benefit the Colorado Mountain Club.

Doors open at 6:30pm, Show starts at 7pm

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Membership Services or

Fly Fishing Expo

DoubleTree Hotel, Grand Junction
16th Annual Western Colorado Fly Fishing Expo. Free Admission. Special youth programs, hourly fishing programs, fly tying and casting demonstrations, outdoor vendors, door prizes, raffles, and more.

Steve McCall, Grand Valley Anglers

Western Slope Freedom Fest

Crested Butte, Ridgway, Durango
You are invited to the 1st Annual Western Slope Freedom Fest (WSFF) featuring musical talent Pato Banton. The WSFF is a 21 and over, 3 night, 3 city event packed with stellar music, kind people, and exceptionally mountain grown weed! Our vision is to promote freedom for our rights, our industry, and Cannabis herself!

Join us at Crested Butte (April 18th), Ridgway (April 19th), and Durango (April 20th) for all the excitement. The Party is ON! Check out our website for more details and ticket sales.

Jessica Hines, 970 209 1409,

2014 Olathe Sweet Corn Festival Community Planning meeting

Harvest Community Church
Panning the 2014 Corn Festival and gathering volunteers & ideas.

Joni Dyck 970 331 5245

2014 Mesa County Safety Fair at Mesa Mall

Mesa Mall, Grand Junction, CO
Come bring the kids out to the annual Safety Fair at Mesa Mall. Kids will learn how to protect themselves at home, school and play. Over 25 booths featuring fun and educational ways to stay safe.

Guests who visit every booth will be entered to win a free pizza party from Nick N Willy's Pizza!

19th Annual Ouray Ice Festival

Ouray, Colorado
2014 Ouray Ice Festival Schedule Announced
Ueli Steck, Kyle Dempster, Aaron Mulkey, Kristen Kelliher and Adrian Ballinger headline evening presentations.

Ouray, CO - December 16, 2013 - The 19th Annual Ouray Ice Festival will be held January 9th-12th, 2014. One of the world’s premier ice climbing venues again hosts North America’s largest gathering of ice climbers. Presented by Asolo and Rock and Ice, the Festival includes over 75 interactive climbing clinics, free demo climbing for adults and children, the elite mixed climbing competition, the Hari Berger Speed Climbing competition sponsored by Lowa, and a full schedule of evening entertainment.

Clinic topics this year include “Intro to Ice”, “Moderate Mixed” and “Steep Ice Techniques”, all starting at $49. Seminars focused on backcountry skiing and climbing will also be available. Climbers can demo the latest gear from Black Diamond, Grivel, Scarpa, La Sportiva, Lowa, Asolo, Zamberlan, Petzl and Sterling Rope. Clinics are taught by both professional climbers and professional climbing guides in conjunction with San Juan Mountain Guides.

The general public and families are welcome at numerous free events including the Kid’s Climbing College and Walk-Up Demo Climbing for adults at the La Sportiva Zone. The latest gear from vendors like Gore-Tex, Patagonia, Rab, Osprey, Marmot, Mountain Gear, The North Face, Outdoor Research, Mountain Hardwear, Millet, Brooks-Range Mountaineering and Mammut will be on display. New this year will be a family friendly ice skating venue in the Ouray Box Canyon visitor’s center parking lot. Ice skates will also be available for a modest rental fee.

On Saturday, January 11th, the Festival showcases some of the world’s leading professional athletes in an elite mixed climbing competition featuring $9,000 in prize money. Athletes in the elite mixed climbing competition will be challenged by a route that includes a 25-foot tower overhanging the Uncompahgre Gorge in a spectator friendly venue. The action continues on Sunday, January 12th, with the Hari Berger Speed Climbing Competition sponsored by Lowa. Competitors will race against the clock and side by side with $7,000 in prize money up for grabs.

Evening presenters include Ueli Steck, Adrian Ballinger and Kristen Kelliher, the youngest U.S. female highpointer. Adventure film buffs are in for a treat as the Festival will host films at the historic Wright Opera House on January 10th and 11th. Friday, January 11th, the Festival will show “The Road from Karakol” presented and narrated by Kyle Dempster. On January 11th, the Festival hosts Aaron Mulkey who will present the premier of “The Pursuit”.

Gear, climbing art and collectibles will be auctioned off during live and silent auctions. Petzl hosts the “Saturday Night Freezer” party on Saturday, January 11th. Proceeds from admission to these events supports the Ouray Ice Park and includes beer from the Ouray Brewery and other local craft brewers including Two Rascals, Colorado Boy and Ourayle House.

Mike MacLeod or Kevin Koprek
Ouray Ice Park, Inc.

3rd Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball and Festival

Collbran Auditorium, Main and High Streets
3rd Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball & Festival Sat., December 21, 2013
1 PM—Tree Decorating at the Service Women’s Memorial
3 PM—Open House at Plateau Valley Historical Society, 209 High Street (Forest Service Building)
4 PM—Tree Dedication at Lilac Park
Parade Starts (from Lilac Park down Main St. to the Auditorium)
5 PM—Lions Club Christmas Dinner in Collbran Auditorium Please bring a side dish or dessert, the Lions Club will provide the meat, drinks and service. Santa Claus arrives at Auditorium
Bonfire in the parking lot. Hot chocolate and cider provided
6 PM—Dennison County Line Concert Starts And continues til’ the party stops!
7 PM—Fireworks Provided by the Town of Collbran
Great view & extra parking is available at Terrell Park (End of Spring St.)
Fireworks will be set off from Gandi Park.
Please be thoughtful of your pets, and the folks around you, and leave your furry friends home for the night!

Please call Sammi @ 487-0108, Sylvia @ 487-3402, Town Hall @ 487-3751, or Kelly Stewart @ 487-0242

Western Colorado Percussion Festival

Colorado Mesa University, Moss Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall
Free Admission

Laura Bradley

Grand Valley Wine Festival

Colorado Mesa University Brownson Arena
Wine tasting to benefit Colorado Mesa University Maverick Club. Over 250 wines, beer from Kannah Creek Brewery, food from Sodexho & live & silent auction. Come and support the CMU Athletic Department!

Fisher's Liquor Barn 2438 Patterson Road Grand Junction, CO 81505 970-242-0999

Colorado Mesa University's Children's Harvest Festival

Colorado Mesa University's Academic Classroom Building
Colorado Mesa University Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is hosting a Children's Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Harvest Festival will be held at Colorado Mesa University's Academic Classroom Building, which is located at the corner of Elm and Houston avenues. The festival will run from 5-8 p.m. The price is $5.00 per child; admission is free for accompanying adults.

The Children's Harvest Festival is a safe, fun, and controlled environment for families with children between ages 3-12. The festival will include a crawl maze, ring toss, a ghost buster’s game, arts and crafts, cakewalk, and much more!

For more information, email FBLA-PBL president Bonnie Masters, or call (720) 393-9911.

Thanksgiving Fun

Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, CO 80863
Turkeys, turkeys all around–on the fence and on the ground…Gobble, gobble, what a sound! Strut on down to the Dinosaur Resource Center for a turkey bonanza with puppeteer/storyteller Cathy Kelsay from Fantasy Forest Entertainment.

Deb Robillard, 719-686-1820

Fruita Fall Festival

Fruita, Colorado
The Fruita Fall Festival is a 3-day event with over 150 vendors selling their arts, crafts and foods to a crowd of 50,000-plus. The weekend is filled with events including a youth pet and talent show, a parade, the famous bed race, and a baking and canning contest. And for the second year, a 5K race benefiting the Fruita Middle School and the Chamber. Planned by the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce as its major fundraiser, the fest is a free community event.

Winner of the poster contest is artist, Judy Rogan, for her whimsical "Flyin' Fruit Loops," shown above.

The 99th Alpine Bank Fruita Fall Festival is once again pleased to present a free weekend of live music on two stages. The Circle Park Stage will feature regional and national bluegrass bands and the Civic Center Pavilion Stage will feature an eclectic mix of musical styles.

We can be reached at (970) 858-3894 or

Colorado Mountain WineFest

Palisade and Grand Junction
More than 45 Colorado wineries in attendance and a few thousand close friends to share local wine - it's the kind of perfect day that makes everyone wish they lived here. Winefest mixes the best in local wine and Western Slope cuisine and entertainment. This weekend-long celebration is the best excuse to head out to Palisade this fall.