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Photo by Tamie Meck Sarah and Bill Bishop proudly display the 2016 Governor's Award for the Best Event, Festival or Recurring Activity, which was awarded to the annual Mountain Harvest Festival. The Bishops presented the award to Mayor Charles Stewart and

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. The nonprofit is the umbrella organization that puts on the annual Mountain Harvest Festival. This year marked the 16th anniversary of the festival.

"The festival is aimed at uniting the community around the single idea that the North Fork Valley is a pretty wonderful place to live," said Sarah Bishop, president of the Mountain Harvest Creative board of directors, in presenting the award to Paonia Mayor Charles Stewart and the Town of Paonia. "It is a celebration all harvests and talents of our area."

The event has grown to include numerous businesses, organizations and numerous sponsors. "We are very proud to present this award to the town on behalf of the Mountain Harvest Creative," said Bishop.

The award will be on permanent display at Town Hall. Mayor Charles Stewart accepted the award on behalf of the town. Stewart congratulated the Bishops and festival organizers for making the event a community success. He said he remembers the event's "humble beginnings. The event has grown to what it is today due to the hard work of many volunteers," said Stewart.

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