The 401st annual Apple-fest weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, will be filled with fun, food, activity, fundraisers, music and lots and lots of apples.
From the first alarm sounding the Five Alarm Chili Cook-off at the fire house on Thursday, until the final chords from two days of music fade away into the leafy canopy of Town Park on Sunday afternoon, Applefest 2018 promises something for everyone.
Following are some bullet points about events taking place. More details and a map of vendors can be found in the Applefest guide, a special supplement contained in this week's issue of the Delta County Independent.
• As many as 240 vendors -- 50 more than last year -- will offer merchandise, crafts, food, information and more. Booths will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
• The first annual "Rising Stars Little Buckaroo Rodeo" will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, from 6-9 p.m. at the Surface Creek Saddle Club. In cooperation with the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, the rodeo is being staged by J$ Land & Livestock.
• A stein holding challenge, another new event at this year's Applefest, will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, in the beer garden adjacent to the SW 5th Street side of the Cedaredge Town Park. The contest is open to men and women with each gender competing to win their own case of Snow Capped Cider provided by Cedaredge's AppleShed.
• Music all day Saturday and Sunday in Town Park. RJ's Steakhouse and The Old Slaughterhouse Music Hall are hosting evening concerts.
• At the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center, Starr's Guitars is pleased to sponsor The Scones for a community dance Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. General admission is $10.
• The Surface Creek Valley Lions Club will host its traditional cookout in Town Park both Saturday and Sunday.
• Local orchards will be featured in Town Park with bags and boxes of their famous local produce for all to enjoy.
• Friends of the Cedaredge Public Library will again host their giant Applefest book sale Saturday and Sunday at Lions Pavilion in Town Park.
• The Rebekah Lodge will host its Country Store at the IOOF Hall on Friday and Saturday, and a value-priced yard sale both days.
• Pioneer Town will host an antique car and tractor show (Saturday only). The great cooks of the Cedar Mesa Club will provide breakfast, lunch and snacks.
• Chamber booth, with information and souvenirs, can be found next to the wine and beer garden in Town Park.
• The wine and beer garden will feature adult beverages provided by local businesses. The garden will be located at the picnic shelter in the center of the park.
• Local businesses will be open during Applefest and are eager, as always, to serve their customers' needs.
• The Cedaredge Fire Department 5 Alarm Chili Cook-off takes place Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the fire house. Contest entries and donations of chili can be dropped off that afternoon.
• Applefest 5k. Registration at 7 a.m., race starts at 8 a.m., northwest corner of Town Park.
• Cedaredge High School FFA pancake breakfast, Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 to 10:30 at Masonic Hall.
• Classic and vintage motorcycle show on SW 2nd Street just off of Main, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
• Old Slaughterhouse Coolest Ride Car Show and Pin Up Girl Contest Sunday, Oct. 7.
• Nondenominational worship service, 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Cedaredge Town Park.