A few short years ago it was in jeopardy of going away. But a small and dedicated group of volunteers stepped forward to keep the annual Cherry Days celebration alive. Last week, the 71st annual Cherry Days celebration went off with nary a hitch.
A team of Delta County men held off a late-game rally to defeat a Montrose team and win the Cherry Days men's division of the wood bat softball tournament. The win came with a $500 cash prize.
Forty-four runners and three dogs came out Saturday morning to compete in the annual Cherry Days 5K Run/Walk and to support the Paonia High School cross country program.
Runners ranged in age from 9-77.
This weekend is jam-packed with lots of great family-friendly activities to celebrate "Family, Friends & Freedom" during this year's annual Cherry Days in Paonia. One event you definitely don't want to miss is a showing of the melodrama "Pillow Talk in Mattress Springs, or, No Rest for the Wicked," on Sunday, July 2, at the teen center in town park.
The Paonia Chamber of Commerce and its business members are ready to roll out the welcome mat for locals and visitors alike during the annual Downtown Day of Cherry Days. On Monday, July 3 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., the downtown blocks of Paonia will be filled to overflowing with specials, sales, treats and live entertainment available at many businesses.
While enjoying the 71st Cherry Days celebration take a break from all the festivities and take in Paonia's rich history at the North Fork Historical Society Paonia Museum. From 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, after the parade is over and the Cherry Days royalty has been crowned, the museum will host its annual ice cream social.
The annual Cherry Days 5k Run happens Saturday, July 1. The run/walk begins and ends at Apple Valley Park.
For the fourth consecutive year, Skip Naft has lined up an eclectic mix of musical talent for Cherry Days. From classical to funk and jazz, rock 'n' roll and folk, more than a dozen local and regional acts will be presented.
The headline musical act of the 2016 Cherry Days festival returns to Paonia Saturday night when The Blue Sage presents "An Evening With Lipbone Redding" this Saturday evening.
This is a rare opportunity to catch Redding on the stage, says Cherry Days committee member and music coordinator Skip Naft.
A beloved teacher of 50 years will be honored as grand marshal of the 71st Cherry Day Parade.
A nonagenarian, Vivian Cheney taught music in public schools from 1947-1997, the last 21 years of which was at Paonia Middle School, where she also taught social studies, reading and English.
One of the oldest continuously-running annual outdoor festivals in the state, the 71st annual Cherry Days has something for everyone. The celebration officially happens July 3 and 4, starting with Downtown Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. Enjoy food, live music and share your community spirit with friends and neighbors.
If one could point to tradition as this year's Cherry Days Parade passes through town on its way to Town Park, one would point directly to the musical clowns of the Paonia Clown Band. The band has been a part of Cherry Days since the beginning and has marched in virtually every Cherry Days Parade.
Coronation of royalty for the 71st Cherry Days festival will be held July 4 at 12:15 p.m., at the Howard Berkman Stage in Paonia Town Park.
The king and queen will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Cherry Days Committee. Other royalty nominees will each receive a check for $100.
With July 4 rapidly approaching, the 71st annual Paonia Cherry Days celebration is almost upon us. Here are a few things to know ahead of the celebration.
If you're looking for some competitive fun over the July 4 weekend and want to support some good causes, consider these three fundraising events planned in conjunction with the 71st annual Paonia Cherry Days festival.
The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is seeking writers and photographers for its "Convergence: Words and Pictures from the West Elks" contest.
Formerly known as the "Write On! Contest and Anthology," the competition is in its 10th year and is open to all Delta County residents.
The Cherry Days Forever committee is gearing up for the 71st annual hometown celebration and is looking for input and volunteers.
Cherry Day itself always falls on July 4, which this year is on Tuesday.
The Dream Team, a group of local youngsters, ran in the Cherry Days 5k last week during Paonia's 70th celebration of the fruit. The 5k was a fundraiser for the Paonia High School cross country team, which was able to raise enough money to buy much needed new uniforms in time for the upcoming season.
Following the July 4 Cherry Days parade, a tribute was made to coal mining, the coal miners who worked and died in the mines, and the prosperity the mines brought to the people of the North Fork Valley. Cherry Days committee member Ulli Lange spoke of the earliest days of mining; Paonia native Claudia King spoke of her 76 years growing up in a coal mining community; and Paonia Poet Laureate Marian Stewart read "Ambiguity," about her positive and negative views of living in a coal mining town.
In 1947, the newly-formed Paonia Lions Club was looking for a way to raise money to light Dan Lawrence Field so the Paonia Eagles football team could host night games. Paonia was known for growing prize-winning fruit, so they decided to honor the cherry in a day-long celebration on Independence Day, and Cherry Days was born.
Trying to have a chat with Jim and Linda Link isn't easy. Even on a quiet weekday afternoon their business, Paonia Farm and Home, is bustling with activity.
Six Paonia High School graduates were selected by the Cherry Days Forever Committee to represent Paonia as this year's Cherry Days royalty.
After riding in the July 4 parade, the king and queen will be crowned promptly at 12:15 p.m., at the Paonia Town Park gazebo, immediately following the flag ceremony.
A wet winter and a warm spring in the North Fork Valley produced one of the best cherry crops in years, and plenty of the luscious red fruits will be available during the annual Cherry Days celebration in Paonia.
Kris Kropp maintains several different cherry orchards with his family farm, First Fruits Organic Farms.
This year's Cherry Days art work was created by Paonia High School art student Elena Neirmann. She was among several students of art teacher Dave Kuta who submitted designs for the fourth annual Cherry Days art contest, sponsored by the Cherry Days Forever committee.
The 70th annual Cherry Days celebration is almost upon us, and early registration is either required or encouraged for some of the events.
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