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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!

Thursday

The farmer rancher luncheon at noon Thursday, July 27, 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, Matthew Bohling and Joyclie Webb, and enjoy music by Beth Williams. The parade grand marshals, Bob and Arlene McGarvin, will also be on hand.

That evening, Altrusa International will host a barbecue and beer garden at Cleland Park. The Ute Trails Car Club will have a few cars on display in the parking lot.

After dinner, which is served from 5 to 7 p.m., Grace Community Church will present a free movie in the park. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the movie "Rio" with your family and friends. Popcorn, popsicles and cotton candy will be available.

Friday

Friday's events will be centered along East 4th Street, between Main and Meeker. Late that afternoon, the street will be closed for a dance, beer garden and barbecue. The street dance runs from 6 to 11 p.m., with music from RARE and Toaster Band. Delta High Shool band parents will be manning the grill, serving hamburgers, brats and hot dogs.

New this year is a pin-up party/contest in the bank-owned parking lot in front of the Delta County Independent. This family-friendly event celebrates the fashion and fun of the '40s, '50s and '60s with the Delta Street Rodders. Thirty ladies, ages 18 and older, will compete in the pin-up contest. Several contestants will also be at the car show in Confluence Park Saturday morning. Crowns and sashes will be awarded on Friday evening, with the exception of the people's choice crown and sash, which will be voted on and awarded on Saturday at the car show.

Saturday

Early risers are invited to participate in the 5k run/walk around Confluence Lake. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.; the race starts from the island at 7 a.m.

Across the park, a pancake breakfast will benefit the junior class at Delta High School and cars will be lining up for the Delta Street Rodders' annual show. This popular event typically draws a hundred or more cars, prompting the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce to move the bulk of Saturday's events to Confluence Park.

"It didn't make sense to have Saturday's activities spread between three different locations," said chamber director Darnell Place-Wise. So in addition to the car show, Confluence will be the site of the kids' activities, vendor village, beer garden, Kiwanis barbecue and live music. The music will take place in the arbor and will feature North Fork Country from 11 to 1, Beth Williams from 2 to 3 p.m., and Dawson Springs from 3 to 4 p.m.

Grass volleyball, pickleball and cornhole tournaments will be held at Confluence Park. Only the horseshoe tournament will take place at Cleland Park. Registration forms are available on the chamber website at deltachamber.org.

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.

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," Wise said.

After the parade, Mayor Ed Sisson will kick off activities in Confluence Park with a tandem sky dive. Sisson, who has been practicing with Ben Lowe, owner of USA Ultimate Skydiving Adventures, expects to land in the park around 11:30 a.m.

For lunch, try the Kiwanis slow-cooked beef or stop by the Elks booth for hamburgers and hot dogs.

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 rodeo at the Roundup Club Arena. Action begins with mutton bustin' at 6 p.m. The number of participants isn't capped; kids are just asked to show up by 5:45, with their parents, to sign up.

Just before 7 p.m., the grand entry will take place and the grand marshal, king and queen will be introduced. Deltarado Days Matthew Bohling has been asked to perform the national anthem on his trumpet.

Vendors will be offering an assortment of food and beverages, and the beer garden will be open.

Admission to the rodeo includes a concert by Derringer immediately following action in the arena.

Sunday

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 2018 graduates, a classroom supply drive and AP testing.

Church in the Park is scheduled in the Lions Club Pavilion at Confluence Park Sunday at 10 a.m. Come hear an inspiring message and enjoy both contemporary and traditional music during this nondenominational service.

Immediately following worship, hamburgers and hot dogs will be served by The Abraham Connection. A $5 donation is suggested for each meal. All proceeds will benefit the homeless and hungry of Delta County.

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