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Celebrate the Fork this weekend in Hotchkiss

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Otis Taylor

The North Fork Valley Creative Coalition is throwing the party of the year at the Delta County Fairgrounds Aug. 28 and 29 to honor the work of the creative people who live in the North Fork.

"Celebrate the Fork!" starts Friday night in a transformed Heritage Hall decorated like you've never seen before where you'll be amazed at the exhibits of the work of nationally recognized North Fork artisans and craftsmen surrounding the elegantly decorated dining tables before you sit down to a dinner prepared by some of the leading restaurants' chefs with all food provided by local ranchers and farmers, and juices, wine, beer and spirits from our celebrated vintners, brewers and distillers. And to keep the night rolling you can dance till you drop to the sounds of "The Deans of The North Fork Music Scene" -- The Scones.

On Saturday, the gates open at 10 a.m., so get there early with your chairs and blankets to save your place under the trees of the park to enjoy a day of music that highlights the best area musicians have to offer and check out the works of the local artists and craftsmen set up around the park or in air conditioned comfort at Heritage Hall. There will be work by artists, sculptors, potters, quilt-makers, furniture makers, saddle and holster makers, jewelers, authors and more. The music will feature gospel to choral groups in the morning. The afternoon just keeps getting hotter with David Starr, Beth Williams and David Snider, Michael Meadows and MOJO, The 3 Tinkers, The Scones, and The North Fork Flyers with guest Harry Harpoon. After dark, Travis Mann, raised in Paonia before moving on to Nashville, will be in town for one night only with a Nashville all-star band featuring Guthrie Trapp. The evening closes at 9 p.m. with a special guest star, the one and only Otis Taylor, who will stop in Hotchkiss on his world tour.

For tickets go to NorthForkCreative.org, email nfvcreativecoalition@gmail.com or call 872-4671.

Travis Mann and friends
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