The 78th annual Deltarado Days will kick off Thursday, July 18, and run through Sunday, July 21. This year, the community is asked to "Embrace the Present and Celebrate the Past" with the organizing committee, which has worked for months to bring tons of family-friendly activities to town, celebrating our heritage and the small-town community we love.
Here is a rundown of what's happening this weekend, but more details, as well as registration forms for all events, can be found online at DeltaColorado.org or by calling 874-8616.
Thursday, July 18
The signature event of Deltarado Days, the farmer-rancher luncheon, kicks things off. Farmers, ranchers and others in the agricultural industry within Delta are invited to a barbecue lunch at the Delta Sales Yard from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the business community's chance to tell our farmers and ranchers "thanks for all you do." And, thanks to American Family Insurance, Homestead Natural Meats, Delta Sales Yard, Bank of Colorado, Wendy's and Hellman Motor Company, this lunch is completely free for farmers and ranchers! Brad Davis from Davis Clothing will sponsor the Ugly Hat Contest. Wear your worst hat; whoever's hat Brad judges to be the ugliest can stop by Davis Clothing and pick up a new, beautiful hat.
Thursday evening, stop by Cleland Park for a delicious dinner served up by Altrusa International of Delta. Proceeds benefit Altrusa's many community service projects. Members of the Ute Trails Car Club will be on hand, showcasing their beautiful vehicles. Enjoy the bluegrass, newgrass and classic country sounds of Alternate Route, as they perform a free concert. Dinner and the car show start at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 19
To complement the traditional sidewalk sales, artists, crafters and other vendors will be set up along Main Street, from 1st Street through 9th Street for the Main Street Fair, beginning at 4 p.m. Shop to your heart's content, then make your way to West Third Street (next to the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce building) for a free street dance. Members of the Key Club will be manning the grill, cooking up delicious burgers, and St. Luke's Episcopal Church will have an ice cream social. Stop by the TK Mining Beer Garden for a refreshing glass of beer or wine. The gardens this year feature regional favorites on tap from Revolution Brewing and Palisade Brewing. The beer garden will be open until 11 p.m.
Starting off the musical entertainment at the street dance will be a dance performance by the Karen/Karenni community at 6 p.m. Beth Williams takes the stage next with her soulful combination of folk, Americana, country, blues, pop and roots music. Nathan McEuen is up next. His music is described as "too rock for country, too country for rock, too funk for folk and too green for bluegrass." Local and regional favorite David Starr Band takes the stage at 9 p.m. to finish out the evening.
Saturday, July 20
Kick the day off with breakfast at Hellman Motors at 7 a.m., or head to Sweitzer Lake for the Deltarado Dash 5k run/walk. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The Deltarado Dash is made possible by GNC, Delta County Memorial Hospital, Connect for Health Colorado, Rocky Mountain Hair Designs and Frosty the Sno Shack.
The always fun — and often wet — parade is on Main Street at 10 a.m., and runs from 9th Street to 3rd Street.
After the parade, head to Cleland Park, where there will be food booths, vendor booths featuring homemade foods, handmade arts and crafts, and more. The City of Delta's recreation department will have its always popular Kids Karnival. For $5, your kids can enjoy bump n' jumps and slides. There will also be free kids' carnival games like a bean bag toss, squirt gun competition and more.
A new event this year is Art in the Park, sponsored by Delta Fine Arts. Come one, come all, young or old (or not), budding artists, bloomed artists, taggers, doodlers, scribblers. Show us your imagination! Blank 4x8 panels need your creativity. Chalk, pencils, crayons and pens will be provided; you have the hands. Create your own mural and sign it on this public art project.
A World War II U.S. Navy torpedo bomber plane will be on display. The plane will first be in the parade and then on display in the park. The plane is courtesy of the Commemorative Air Force – Rocky Mountain Wing. Rides in the plane will also be available for a fee.
The TK Mining Beer Garden opens back up at 11 a.m. at the park. Cowpie bingo is being organized as a fundraiser by the Delta High School FFA. The Hotchkiss FFA Alumni will run the horseshoe tournament this year, which starts at 10:30 a.m. A performance of the Fido Follies will be at 12:30 p.m. The Kiwanis Club will serve up their traditional and delicious fundraiser barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
From 3:30-5 p.m., CB's Tavern is hosting a tasting in the beer garden of regionally made wines, beers and spirits. There is no fee for the tasting.
At 4 p.m., there will be a chili cookoff. The event will be judged by people's choice, so come down and taste for only $5! Proceeds benefit the Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter.
Also on Saturday, Hellman Motors is hosting its annual classic car show and Homestead Natural Meats is planning an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with wagon rides and $1 Delta dogs, hamburgers and brats. Hellman Motor Company is located at 750 Highway 92. You'll find Homestead Meats at 741 W. 5th Street in Delta.
Free live music begins at 6:30 p.m. at Cleland Park. Taking the stage first is Shelley Rae, followed by Mark Berenson, who plays original songs in the folk, blues, ragtime and bluegrass styles. Fast Eddie and the Lugnuts will be the last act of the night, bringing the park to life with their great dance music.
The TK Mining Beer Garden will stay open until 11 p.m., so bring your lawn chairs and hang out all day. There will be plenty of music, food, activities and fun to keep the whole family entertained all day long!
Barrel racing and bull riding are back on the schedule this year. Barrel racing takes place at Horse Country Arena beginning at 4:30 p.m., and bull riding takes place at 8 p.m. at the Round Up Club Arena.
Sunday, July 21
Deltarado Days ends with an 8 a.m. team roping at Horse Country Arena; an 8:30 a.m. non-denominational community church service in the shade of Cleland Park; and plane rides in the WWII aircraft at West Winds Airport.blog comments powered by Disqus