The first annual Farm to Fiddle Festival adds to the festive atmosphere in Hotchkiss during fair week. With activities and live music on Friday and Saturday, the festival celebrates the people, agriculture and the arts.
Held in conjunction with the Delta County Fair (see stories on B4-B10), the Farm to Fiddle Festival will offer up musical entertainment, arts and crafts booths and farm and food vendors showcasing the valley's organic farms, vineyards and wineries. The activities will be held in and around The Creamery Arts Center in downtown Hotchkiss.
An Outdoor Expo hosted by Outdoors Alive will be held in the parking lot across from the Pack Shack and Hotchkiss Shortstop. On Friday, the expo runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Friday's scheduled Outdoor Expo activities include a "Meals in the Fields" by Outdoors Alive from noon to 1 p.m. and fire education from 2-4 p.m. put on by local fire protection services.
On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon, learn trail etiquette, build your own walking stick and learn to travel safely in the midst of wildlife.
From noon to 1p.m. enjoy "Camp Fire Classics" with Smokey the Bear, featuring the "True Story of Smokey the Bear," and from 1-3 p.m. Christi Dumond will give it "straight from the Bears mouth." From 3-4 p.m. will be Camping 101, with safety tips and other camping hints.
On both days take in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's bb-gun safe shoot and the FCA pitching booth. There will also be drawings, raffles and more on both days of the Outdoor Expo.
The Creamery Arts Center will feature live music and entertainment all day Friday and Saturday. The music is free, sponsored by Adam Camacho, AXA Advisors in Hotchkiss and Grand Junction. There will also be arts and craft vendors and farm and food vendors.
Friday's performers include Ho Doo Heads at 10 a.m.; The Differents with Miguel Dakota at 1 p.m.; and interspersed throughout the day will be cowboy poet Charlie Ware and DJ's Skip and Patti.
Saturday's lineup starts off with Mike Gwinn & the North Fork Flyers at 9 a.m., followed at noon by Biscuit Eaters Performing Dogs. Linda McVehil takes the stage at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m. featured artist Jeneve Rose Mitchell will perform with special guests Fran Stein & the Kids Fiddlers.
While taking in the Farm to Fiddle Festival, take time to view the entries in the juried art show at The Creamery Arts Center.
For more information, check out the Farm-to-Fiddle Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.