A Kids Pasta Project dinner on Monday, June 19, will benefit both the Farm to Fiddle Summer Festival and the Revitalize Hotchkiss/Colorado Main Street program. The dinner will be hosted at ShadeScapes Americas, 122 E. Bridge Street in Hotchkiss and begins at 6 p.m.
On tap for the dinner is your choice of lasagna or pasta, bread, salad and dessert. The cost is $14 for adults and $8 for kids. The Farm to Fiddle Summer Festival was also granted a special events liquor license for the KPP dinner, and wines from Mesa Winds Winery will be served. Live music by David and Tamra Hauze will round out the evening.
Reservations for the dinner are required and can be made by calling 201-7558.
Fifty percent of the proceeds from the dinner will go to the Revitalize Hotchkiss committee, which is actively working toward downtown enhancement and economic development. The committee is currently working toward becoming a Colorado Main Street community. The committee is currently undergoing some strategic planning to energize the economic vitality of Hotchkiss and to improve and beautify the town.
The other 50 percent will go to the Farm to Fiddle Summer Festival, itself a partial fundraising mechanism for Revitalize Hotchkiss. This will be the second year for the event, and it will take place at the tail end of the Delta County Fair on Aug. 11-12, in downtown Hotchkiss. Event co-founder Marsy Moore explained that the goal of the event is to enhance and revitalize both Hotchkiss and the Delta County Fair, which has had decreased attendance in the past few years. "A lot of people said the fair had the largest turnout in many years," she said about last year's event. "We want to create even more of a reason for people to come to Hotchkiss and see what we have."
The festival will take place along Oak and Bridge streets. There will be live music by David Starr, Jeneve Rose Mitchell, and others, as well as vendors showcasing arts, crafts, farm/ag operations, local businesses and nonprofits, and more. Last year, there were 60 vendors, and Moore said they hope to double that this year. Vendor applications are available online at www.FarmToFiddle.com. Big B's/Delicious Orchards will run a hard cider, beer and wine tasting event at the Creamery during Farm to Fiddle. Event organizers are working to bring an outdoor expo to the event as well to highlight the many outdoor recreational opportunities available in the area.
A portion of the money earned through the festival will be donated to Revitalize Hotchkiss, Moore said, but more than anything the event is an effort to get more people into town and getting them into local businesses. "We're trying to get a lot going on," she said. "Farm to Fiddle is meant to revitalize and support Hotchkiss, the downtown area, our businesses and our outlying areas."
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.