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Notes of festival harmony

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Whether sitting on a blanket or in a lawn chair or watching from beneath the arching folds of the town park canopy, those who experienced the music of Applefest 2018 were treated to a non-stop array of talent.

All weekend, musicians from Delta County, Nashville, Texas, and California graced the outdoor stage in Cedaredge's town park. And their collective performances provided a harmonious musical soundtrack for thousands of festival visitors. Organizer David Starr enlisted a host of entertainers to perform at the annual festival including local favorites Dan Morgan, Shelley Rae, and the Dawson Springs Band -- all from Cedaredge. Regional artists Ellen Stapenhorst from Paonia and Mary Kleinsorge from Delta also performed.

Michael Teague journeyed from California. Out of Texas came back-to-back performances by Brian Kalinec and Kirby Kelley. From Nashville came Victoria Woodworth, Irene Kelly, and Eric Stucky. And Bittersweet Highway from Jaroso and Ordinary Elephant (a traveling duo who makes their home on the road) made return appearances after successful local shows performed, respectively, at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center and Stacy's on Main.

For variety and quality, it will be difficult to top this year's line-up of Applefest talent.

Photo by Don Benjamin Dan Morgan of Cedaredge was the first musician who appeared on the town park stage during Applefest.
Photo by Don Benjamin Ellen Stapenhorst of Paonia sang at Applefest.
Photo by Don Benjamin Victoria Woodworth (on stage, left) journeyed from Nashville to join Cedaredge resident David Starr as the two performed at Applefest 2018.
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