It's a big week in Hotchkiss, with the Delta County Fair and Rodeo underway, soon to be augmented by the Farm to Fiddle Festival Aug. 10 and 11.
This weekend event celebrates the local community with arts and crafts, live music, kids' activities, food vendors and great beverages from Mesa Winds Winery, Leroux Creek Winery and Big B's Cider.
Co-organizer Marsy Moore is especially excited about the great music lineup. All performances are free and will be held in the Creamery Arts Center Park.
The fun starts at noon Friday, Aug. 10, with music by David and Tamara Hauze. David Alderdice and the Community Band will perform at 1 p.m., followed by Tim and Richard (2:15), Kristyn Harris (3:30), Ananda Trio and Dream Feed with Miguel Dakota (5:30). Dakota was a runner-up on America's Got Talent. Kristyn Harris is a two-time Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year, 2018 American Idol contestant and Ameripolitan Music Awards Western Swing Female Artist of the Year.
Saturday's lineup will feature the Solar Brothers, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; David and Tamara, 12:30 to 1:40 p.m.; Tim Veazey, 2 to 3 p.m.; David Alderdice and the Marimba Project, 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and Scott Helmer, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Helmer describes himself as a "one-man rock and country music show." He dedicates himself to good causes across the nation, raising money and awareness for their important work.
During the music, there will be games, face painting and a free rock climbing wall for the kids. Buy a ticket for chickin' pickin' bingo and a chance to split the pot with a local nonprofit. Moore is still looking for volunteers to help -- and benefit -- from this event. Give her a call at 872-4277 to learn more.
Stop by the information booth to pick up a free ticket for some great giveaways, ranging from Bronco tickets to a Yeti cooler to gift certificates for local restaurants. You must be present to win, so plan to hang around and enjoy the music.
Over 60 vendors will be located on Bridge and Oak streets, and the Creamery is hosting an art show. A free shuttle will be available to transport you to the fair and back.
Vendors are open from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. As the event has been organized in an effort to promote and highlight the local community, you can expect to see mostly local vendors featuring handmade arts and crafts and locally-produced cottage foods.
The Farm to Fiddle Festival is also a great opportunity to explore all that downtown Hotchkiss has to offer. You'll find restaurants, bars, boutiques and professional services. Make your way to the Hotchkiss Crawford Museum located at Second Street and Hotchkiss Avenue, where admission is free the afternoons of Aug. 10, 11 and 12. The museum collects and preserves history of the North Fork Valley.
"We're spreading the news far and wide that Hotchkiss is a wonderful gateway to the North Fork Valley," Moore said.
Check the Farm To Fiddle Facebook page for the latest updates.