The annual farmer-rancher luncheon this Thursday kicks off four days of Deltarado Days festivities.
Deltarado Days was first observed in 1935 as a harvest celebration. Years later, we still come together to celebrate our rich agricultural and ranching heritage!
The farmer rancher luncheon at noon Thursday, July 26, at the Delta Sales Yard. Anyone working in the agricultural industry is invited to enjoy the free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meet the Deltarado Days king and queen, Colton Galvin and Emily Martinez, and enjoy music by Beth Williams.
That evening from 5 to 7 p.m., Altrusa International will host a barbecue and beer garden at Confluence Park -- a new location for one of the longest-running traditions of Deltarado Days.
Also new this year is a Fun Glo Run, taking place on the red rock trails around Confluence Park. All ages are invited to participate; just check in at the corner near the dog park.
There will be two courses to choose from -- around the lake (yellow loop) or the largest trail (blue loop). Maps are available at the recreation center for anyone who wants to do some advance planning. Trails will be marked with balloons.
Start time is the participant's choice, anytime between 7 and 8 p.m. Organizers will provide glow-in-the-dark items for the youngest participants. The course will not be monitored; parents/guardians will be responsible for their children.
For those staying at the Lions Club Pavilion, Grace Community Church will have some lawn games like volleyball and cornhole set up before the movie, so come by early and have some fun with the whole family.
As the sun sets, Grace Community Church will present a free movie in the park. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the movie "The Greatest Showman" with your family and friends. Free drinks and popcorn will be provided.
The Delta Street Rodders will host a pre-registration kick-off party in advance of the huge car show in Cleland Park Saturday. Owners of classics, antiques, rods and pickup are invited to gather at Butch's Cafe, 1560 S. Main Street, at 5:30 p.m. Friday night. Registration information can also be obtained by calling 874-8130.
Due to the stock contractor's schedule, the street dance and rodeo are swapping nights. The Deltarado Days rodeo this year will take place Friday, July 27, at the Delta Roundup Club Arena on 1800 Road. Mutton bustin' begins at 7 p.m.; rodeo action starts at 8 p.m.
Early risers can enjoy a pancake breakfast in Cleland Park Saturday morning at 7 a.m. Classics, antiques, rods and pickups will be lining up for the Delta Street Rodders' annual car show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors will also be setting up in the park, while downtown entries will be lining up for the parade.
The Deltarado Days parade will run its usual route from 9th to 2nd, beginning at 10 a.m. "The parade is such a tradition, and we want everyone to enjoy themselves, but we're asking people to stay in the median or on the sidewalks, well away from the floats, horses and motorized vehicles. We wouldn't want anyone to get hurt," Stockwell said.
After the parade, head to Confluence Park, where the Elks will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. The Kiwanis Club of Delta have changed up their menu a bit, offering pulled pork or pulled chicken beginning at 11 a.m. Sandwiches will be served with coleslaw, cowboy beans, corn on the cob and a beverage, all for $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12.
Booths offering food, refreshing beverages and a wide variety of merchandise will line the vendor village. In the kids' fun park, members of the Delta Barracudas swim team will supervise watery fun that may include water slides, bounce houses and a dunk tank.
Live music is on tap in the arbor and will tentatively feature North Fork Country, Beth Williams and Dawson Springs.
Grass volleyball, pickleball and cornhole tournaments will be held at Confluence Park. Only the horseshoe tournament will take place at Cleland Park. Stop by the chamber office at 301 Main Street for registration information, but be advised the pickleball tournament is full.
In addition to all of the fabulous events taking place at Confluence Park on Saturday, Historic Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail will be open and free to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28 is a Saturday Trade Day at the fort -- an open air market with art, jewelry, handmade items and food.
There will be plenty of parking in and around the park, including the dirt lot adjoining Palmer Street. Y Bar Hitch will be circulating the park with a horsedrawn carriage, conveying folks from one end of the park to the other in style.
Park activities wrap up about 4 p.m., leaving time to cool down and get ready for the street dance featuring country rock band Derringer. A portion of East 4th Street between Meeker and Main will be closed for the dance and beer garden, which run from 6 to 11 p.m.
DHS Alumni and First Colorado National Bank will host a golf tournament at Devil's Thumb Sunday morning with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds will fund two scholarships for 2019 graduates, a classroom supply drive and AP testing.
A community worship service takes place in the Lions Pavilion at Confluence Park at 10 a.m. Deltarado Days events end with this coming together of our community in worship and prayer. The Lions Pavilion is located across from Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
Immediately following worship, hamburgers and hot dogs will be served by the Abraham Connection. A $7 donation is suggested for each meal. All proceeds will benefit the homeless and hungry of Delta County.