The gods smiled down once again on the small mountain town of Cedaredge. On Saturday, Oct. 5, 164 vendors, along with another record crowd of festival goers flocked to town to take part in the 36th annual AppleFest.
As it turned out, both days were blessed with bright sunshine and blue Colorado skies.
The fun kicked off early, with more than 118 taking part in the fifth AppleFest 5k run and fitness walk, hosted by Cedaredge Boy Scout Troop 482.
With West Main Street under construction, Cedaredge Town Park was the center for most of the activities taking place during AppleFest. Vendors lined the streets. There was a beer and wine garden; great food; an antique and classic car show at Pioneer Town, in the Arboretum; lots of things for the kids to do; an "Outhouse Stuffin'" contest; and incredible musical performances featuring many extremely talented local favorites and newcomers along with nationally and internationally known performers;
The Surface Creek Valley Lions Club sold hamburgers and, of course, their famous Lions Club barbecue; the Friends of Cedaredge Library held their famous "annual used book sale," with bargains galore; the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control held a cookie/bake sale; the Delta County Ambulance District was selling t-shirts with the monies raised going to support Delta Doves' campaign to help offset costs of mammograms; and of course several local orchards were on hand, selling — of all things — apples.
Many of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce members were out and about doing anything and everything that needed doing; answering questions about the day's scheduled events and providing information about Cedaredge and the Surface Creek Valley.
This year the music began at 9:30 a.m. on a chilly, finger-numbing Saturday morning, when local favorite Dan Morgan took to the stage and filled the air with music, drawing festival goers to the town park.
And on Saturday night, following a full day of music at AppleFest, the David Starr Band, joined by many of the musicians who performed during the day, "rocked" the Pondy during the 11th annual Monster Jam.
An inter-denominational Christian worship service, led by Cedaredge Assembly of God Pastor Bob Hillyer, took place on Sunday morning, Oct. 6, just prior to the official opening of the second day of AppleFest. Opening prayer was offered by Pastor Eric Musil, with praise and worship music provided by the CAG Men's Praise Band. Closing prayer was offered by Pastor Sam Hale. Pastor Hillyer's message was loud and clear — "America needs to renew its covenant with God."
Following the worship service, singer/songwriter/guitarist and local favorite Shelley Rae took center stage, and Cedaredge Town Park was once again filled with music, people, vendors, food, beverages and, of course, even more incredible music.
Without any doubt, it is the music that draws most people to AppleFest, and those "die hard" music buffs who came back on Sunday and stayed to the very end did not go away disappointed. And while the guys were great, the ladies (Shelley Rae, Dr. Mary, Ellen Stapenhorst, Beth Williams, Susan Walton, Emily Wray, Tamara Hauze (with David, as always), Bittersweet Highway (Rene Janiece with Wayne McKinzie) and Tia McGraff (with Tommy Parham) ruled.
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