Everyone who came to the party got into the party — and then some.
The 35th annual big enjoyment of Surface Creek Valley's gorgeous autumn weather got off to an early start as vendor booths spilled over from Town Park.
On Friday morning entrepreneurs took up available spaces along Grand Mesa Drive, hoping to tap into some of the lively traffic drawn to town by AppleFest.
On Saturday it looked like AppleFest was becoming a regional event. A yard sale city of entrepreneurs, beginning at the bowling alley on Highway 65 and stretching to Cedaredge set up, hoping to catch some commercial trade that AppleFest brings the valley's way, festival attendees reported.
But the real attraction was Cedaredge's big harvest season bash, this year featuring 92 of its own official vendors in and around the Town Park main venue.
For the more popular vendor booths, business was brisk. It was evident that AppleFest goers this year brought money to spend, and they were spending it on things they wanted. Food vendors of every type especially did good trade and drew waiting lines.
On Main Street there were more attractions and a couple of performances that had the town's visitors delightfully entertained. Line dancers from a class conducted by musician and singer Ray Carpenter stepped to a country beat for the crowd. Then, following a musical set by the local country and western band North Fork Country, Judy Leonard and friends, both human and canine, performed before an expressive and appreciative audience with dog agility fun and games in the Fido Follies.
With music all weekend long and two performance stages to choose from, music lovers had lots to enjoy, too.
An interesting note on this year's Centennial Bandstand performances was an appearance of Huntington Beach, Calif., resident Paul Bernadou. He is a talented singer and guitar player, and is also the son of Ed and Virginia Bernadou of Cedaredge.
The 2012 edition of the AppleFest was judged to be a complete success, and thanks are due the many chamber and AppleFest volunteers and participants who made it possible.blog comments powered by Disqus