With the departure of Sarah and Bill Bishop after 14 years of service and dedication to the Mountain Harvest Festival, local musician Mike Gwinn has stepped in to help guide the annual event. Now in its 17th year, the annual festival will officially kick off this Thursday evening with the "Harvest of Voices" reading at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.
Sponsored by Orchard Valley Farms and Black Bridge Winery, 10th annual Mountain Harvest Festival Grape Stomp has grown to be one of the most popular events of the festival. The stomp benefits three local nonprofits: the Solar Energy International K-12 Solar in Schools program, the Western Slope Conservation Center, and the Paonia Public Library Foundation.
This Thursday evening, Sept. 21, the annual Harvest of Voices will kick off the 17th annual Mountain Harvest Festival.
The event offers a veritable buffet of poetry and prose by local and regional authors.
A coordinated flyover of planes by local pilots will take place over Paonia Town Park at 4:15 Friday.
Called "Festival in Flight," the event is being coordinated by Paonia pilots Larry Garrett and Ethel Leslie Garrett.
A mainstay of the Mountain Harvest Festival, the 17th annual Chili Cook-off runs from 5-7 p.m. Friday. For the past nine years the event has been run by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.
The Lambert Grange will once again sponsor the annual "I Love Pie Contest" this Friday in conjunction with the 17th annual Chili Cook-off at Paonia Town Park. Bakers are invited to enter their best harvest, best cream, best double crust fruit, best gluten and dairy free, and best decorative pie categories.
The Festival Market, offering a vast variety of locally-harvested produce, locally-produced foods and other products, opens at 4 p.m. Friday and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, local growers and producers welcome visitors as part of the self-guided farm tours.
Since 2001, the annual Mountain Harvest Festival has brought to the stage an eclectic assortment of handpicked local and regional musicians. Mojo will get the party started during the Chili Cookoff Friday in Paonia Town Park.
Registration for the 17th annual Mountain Harvest Festival Chili Cook-off is now open. A mainstay of the festival since it began in 2001, for the past nine years the cook-off has been run by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.
The Paonia Chamber of Commerce and Mountain Harvest Festival have partnered to bring part of the annual festival to downtown Paonia businesses.
From noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, Elevate Fiber will sponsor the Elevate Paonia Promenade.
Bill and Sarah Bishop are being honored this week for their contributions to the Mountain Harvest Festival, and for their "undying love of this valley." While they are humbled by the honor, much of the annual festival's success is owed to the Bishops.
An event that began as a small street festival in celebration of music and agriculture in the North Fork Valley is now an award-winning annual event recognized by Downtown Colorado Inc. and the governor of Colorado.
On Sept. 22, Mountain Harvest Creative board member Bill Bishop drove to Pueblo to accept the Governor's Award for "Best Events, Festivals or Recurring Activity in a Small Community" on behalf of the Mountain Harvest Creative.
Folks around here must sure love pie. Slices of homemade pecan, fruit, squash, streusel-topped, gluten-free and other pies sold last Friday during the I Love Pie sale and Harvest Pie Contest at the Mountain Harvest Festival raised just over $800 for the Lambert Junior Grange and the Hotchkiss High School/Paonia High School Speech Club, according to organizer Cassandra Shenk.
From its beginnings as a small music festival and farmers' market, Paonia blues musician Howard Berkman was a big supporter of the Mountain Harvest Festival. A consummate musician, he was a perennial favorite at the first 10 festivals, until his untimely death in 2011.
Expanded to two full days this year, the farmers market at the Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia, Sept. 24-25, will feature a variety of local meats, organic produce, fruit and berries, beautiful flowers, heavenly lavender products, fresh baked goods, juicy jams, medicinals and much more.
What started as a tiny three-day street festival in celebration of the local harvest has grown into three solid days of food, art, agriculture, drink, music and more.
This weekend marks the 16th anniversary of Mountain Harvest Festival. Supported by the Mountain Harvest Creative and backed by a host of sponsors and an army of volunteers, the annual festival will be honored this Thursday with the Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence by Downtown Colorado Inc., as "Best Events, Festival or Recurring Activity in a Small Community."
Since 2001, the annual Mountain Harvest Festival has brought to the stage an eclectic assortment of handpicked local and regional musicians. Catch the beat Friday during the great Chili Cookoff in Paonia Town Park.
In its recent announcement of the 2016 Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence, Downtown Colorado, Inc., recognized the annual Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia as a "Best Events, Festivals or Recurring Activity in a Small Community."
The 16th annual Mountain Harvest Festival, winner of the 2016 Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence, officially begins Sept. 22, but those planning to participate in some of the myriad events that coincide with the celebration may need to plan ahead.
The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is now receiving registration for cooks interested in competing in the 2016 Chili Cook-Off which will take place on Friday, Sept. 23, from 5-7 p.m. during the Mountain Harvest Festival, in Paonia Town Park.
The cost to enter is $10 and the deadline is Friday, Sept. 16.
The Mountain Harvest Festival is pleased to announce a giant pumpkin contest, sponsored by Paonia Farm and Home Supply, to be held in conjunction with the festival Sept. 23-25 in Paonia. Prizes will be awarded to the home gardeners who grow the largest pumpkins (by weight) in youth and adult categories.
Several participants ran in the Mountain Harvest Festival 5k held in Paonia on Sept. 27.
To look at the long list of events planned for this weekend's Mountain Harvest Festival, it's hard to believe that it all began 15 years ago when Rick Stockton and Helen Highwater decided to throw a party. The husband-and-wife duo made a sampler of more than a dozen western Colorado artists at their recording studio and wanted to throw a release party.
The popular Grape Stomp Competition is a must-see event at Paonia's Mountain Harvest Festival. The "stompin'" begins at noon Saturday, Sept. 26, in Paonia's Town Park.
This year's Mountain Harvest Festival will mark the 14th annual Chili Cook-Off in the park. The cook-off, which has been run by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts for the past eight years, is a signature part of Mountain Harvest Festival that is anticipated by many members of the community.
Enjoy a glass of beer or wine at the festival this year, when you stop by the Drink Locally Pavilion in Paonia Town Park.
The Drink Locally Pavilion features beers provided by Paonia's Revolution Brewing, founded and owned by Gretchen and Mike King.
Enjoy some great entertainment, food and drink at several venues on or near Grand Avenue Friday night. Participants include Revolution Brewing, No Fo Foods, Back Country Bistro, Thomas Waldo's, Paradise Theatre, and Louie's Pizza and Loft.
The Mountain Harvest Festival 5k Run, Walk, Stroll not only follows a great course this year, it benefits two good causes.
Organizer Dave Knutson said the course follows the route of the early MHF races.
Since 2001, the annual Mountain Harvest Festival has brought to the stage an eclectic assortment of handpicked local and regional musicians. This year, you'll have an opportunity to meet the musicians at a meet-and-greet reception to be held at Eccentric Artist, 217 Grand Avenue.
"One of the things I like best about local authors is they usually deliver their books by hand, so you get to meet them," says regional manager Lea Hart. This is more than an occasional occurrence at the Delta County Libraries, as western Colorado has a wonderful abundance of local authors, and the libraries work hard to collect and exhibit their books.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mountain Harvest welcomes back the much-celebrated free farm tours. Each farm will have fresh goods for purchase, including gourmet cheese, gorgeous produce, wines, wool and more.
Included on the self-guided tours are:
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