The 40th annual AppleFest weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8, 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 2017 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 200 booths -- the most ever -- will offer merchandise, crafts, food, free information and the chance to support local causes via raffles. Organizers say they will stretch from Town Park at 5th all the way to Grand Mesa Drive (Highway 65)
•Music all day Saturday and Sunday in Town Park.
• 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 everyone to enjoy.
• Real fresh produce. The final farmers' market of the year takes place on E. Main Street till noon on Saturday.
• 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 and the gift shop will be open for two days as the focus for antique cars and tractors (Saturday only), AppleFest event parking and also for breakfast and lunch on Saturday prepared by great cooks of the Cedar Mesa Club.
• Karaoke and open mic night at the Stolte Shed at 6 p.m. Saturday.
• Chamber booth, with information and souvenirs, can be found next to the wine and beer garden in Town Park. A carved wooden #40 -- celebrating the 40th anniversary of AppleFest -- will be set up in the park for people to write their thoughts. Take a selfie and post it on social media at #CedaredgeAppleFest.
• 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. A limited number of commemorative T-shirts and engraved wine glasses and beer mugs will be offered.
• 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. Forms are available at Cedaredge Food Town and the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce.
• AppleFest 5k. Registration at 7 a.m., race starts at 8 a.m., northwest corner of Town Park.
• Cedaredge High School FFA A-Y-C-E pancake breakfast, Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 to 10:30 at Masonic Hall.
•Pioneer Town antique and classic car show and antique tractor display, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
• Classic and vintage motorcycle show on SW 2nd Street just off of Main. 9. a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
• Old Slaughterhouse Music Hall concert at 6 p.m., 230 E. Main Street, plus "Coolest Ride Car Show."
• Interdenominational church service, 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Centennial Bandstand in Cedaredge Town Park.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.