The Town of Cedaredge, in its first year at the helm of planning, organizing and running Applefest, is inviting local artisans and crafters to apply to Applefest, which is in the books for Oct. 1-3 this year.
Before this year, Applefest has always been an event run by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, which due to financial strain from the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancelation of last year’s Applefest, ultimately dissolved at the end of 2020.
Now, the Town of Cedaredge — namely Economic Development Coordinator and Town Clerk Kami Collins — is on track to refreshing the traditional fall event for this year.
One such adjustment is more strict selection of vendors. Planners of the event are prioritizing local artisans and crafters, cutting out resale vendors and reducing the number of people with no Delta County connections (more popular traveling vendors will be welcomed back on a common sense basis).
“Another change is that booths must be spaced at least 8 feet apart, amidst COVID concerns,” the town stated in a press release. “That means what once was a 275+ booth festival now has space for just 165 artisans and crafters, in addition to the 20 food truck spaces available.”
“Instead of looking at this like a detriment to the festival, we’re choosing to look at the bright side,” Collins said. The reduction in booths is another aid to certain quality control of the vendors.
“This year, Applefest will get back to our community roots,” Collins said. “The event will focus first and foremost on the businesses, orchards, artisans, crafters, civic organizations and other groups that make Cedaredge, and the Surface Creek Valley, an amazing place to be.”
As a part of that effort, Surface Creek Valley vendors were given priority to sign up for booths first, while vendor fees are also tiered so that they are cheaper closer to Cedaredge.
Though less vendors will be present, other areas are planned to expand.
“In addition to the popular long-standing traditions like the Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department Chili Cook-off, the classic car show at Pioneer Town, 5k race, live music, the outhouse stuffing and the stein holding contests this year, festival attendees can look forward to a pinup competition, a competitive bike ride, and an apple pie eating contest.”
Events are still being planned at this time.
“We’re all looking forward to getting ‘back to normal,’ whatever that may look like, and Cedaredge Applefest is definitely a part of normal life in Cedaredge,” Collins said. “We’re excited to welcome vendors and festival attendees to our beautiful community this October.”
Collins can be reached at email@example.com or 970-856-3123 ext. 12 with any questions or interest in applying to be a vendor at the festival. Vendor spaces are now open to any vendor within the state of Colorado.
Also, Applefest’s brand new permanent website has launched at cedaredgeapplefest.com. Vendor applications are available there as well.