AppleFest weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, will be filled with fun, food, activity, fundraisers, music, and lots and lots of apples.
From the first alarm sounding the 5-Alarm Chili Cookoff at the fire house on Thursday, until the final chords from two days of music fade away into the leafy canopy of Town Park on Sunday afternoon, AppleFest 2016 promises something for everyone.
"AppleFest is our local celebration of our tasty apples," said Nancy Hovde, president of the board of directors of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, in a recent chamber newsletter.
Last year, an estimated 20,000 visitors showed up for the event. A festival of that size can't be pulled off by the chamber board and its one paid employee -- it takes the whole community to make this event successful. "If you haven't already signed up to help, please call Lisa Martinez at 856-6961 and volunteer a few hours of your time on either Saturday or Sunday," Hovde said. "Seriously -- we need all the help we can get to put on this grand event."
Music has been organized by David Starr who always puts on two days of lively music, aimed at keeping visitors shopping. John Whitney and Cindy Starr have been busy organizing the beer and wine garden -- watch for its new location. "And a special thank you to our indomitable Eileen Liles, who agreed to chair this year's AppleFest celebration. I look forward to seeing you all there!" Hovde said.
More details on this event, plus a music lineup and a map pinpointing vendors, can be found in the official AppleFest guide in this week's issue of the Delta County Independent.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.