Make plans to attend Cherry Days, Paonia's three-day celebration of the Fourth of July.
Events kick off today, Wednesday, July 3, with Downtown Day.
This is a day set aside to visit local Paonia businesses. There will be sidewalk sales, snacks, lemonade, hot dogs and a lot more.
Downtown Day is presented by the Paonia Chamber of Commerce. Activities are planned from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Grand Avenue.
At 5 p.m., the action transfers to Paonia Town Park. Local vendors with arts, crafts and refreshments will be available.
The Ellen Hansen-Smith Center at the park has been transformed into the Pure Paonia Café and Garden. Special events are planned there Wednesday through Friday with live music, wine and beer tasting, fine art, music for the whole family and teen dances.
The Fourth of July starts off with a pancake breakfast by the Paonia Volunteer Fire Department at town hall from 6-9 a.m. At 10 a.m., enjoy the huge Cherry Days parade with grand marshals Felix Belmont and Don E. Foster and many, many entries. The parade route goes down Grand Avenue and winds up at Paonia Town Park. There, Cherry Days royalty will be announced.
Cool off at the Paonia Museum with its root beer and ice cream social from 1-4 p.m.
There will be live entertainment on six stages featuring local kids' talent and southern roots music.
The Paonia Chamber of Commerce will serve cherry cobbler and ice cream from 2-4 in the park. The chamber is also in charge of the cake walk at 4 p.m.
Sarah Sauter, resident brave soul and executive director of The Conservation Center, will be in the dunk tank on July 4 at 1:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Paonia Jr./Sr. High School.
Music on the Fourth will include jazz, blues, classic rock and acoustic.
In the afternoon on the east side of the park, enjoy the car show from noon until 3 p.m. and for something new — the Coal Shoveling Contest presented by West Elk Mine and Rotary Club of the North Fork Valley from 2-4 p.m.
From 8-11 p.m., there will be a Mardi Gras Ball with the Blue Krewe Band at the Pure Paonia Café and Garden.
On Friday, July 5, watch the annual North Fork Bull Riding Challenge at the arena on Mathews Lane. It starts at 7 p.m.
There will be a children's fair at the park from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Plus lots more music and a teen dance to finish out Cherry Days.
In this week's Delta County Independent, check out our Cherry Days special guide. Keep it with you, so you know about all the many great activities happening July 3-5.blog comments powered by Disqus