Meanderers, music lovers and localvores are invited to Hotchkiss this weekend to experience the bounty of the North Fork Valley, which will be on display at the second annual Farm to Fiddle Summer Music Festival.
"Something for everyone" can sometimes be a promise unfulfilled -- not so at Farm to Fiddle. Festival organizers have worked hard to make sure there is something for everyone to do this weekend. Music lovers will rejoice at the free concerts taking place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12. Bring a lawnchair or spread out on the grass at the Creamery Arts Center and soak up the tunes. A taste of all types of sounds, from blues to rock to country and everything in between will be showcased. The concerts begin Friday at noon with the Kid Fiddlers, and wrap up at 8 p.m., on Saturday with the North Fork Flyers.
Shoppers will get their fill from browsing the 60+ vendor booths spread along Oak and Bridge Streets. Bring your pocket change, because you'll definitely want to snap up the freshly-picked, locally-grown produce and cottage foods available. North Fork orchards, farmers and ranchers will be on hand with peaches, honey, lavender and other tempting goodies. Local artisans and crafters will showcase their wares, including handmade jewelry and art. For those who are looking for a way to give back to the community, make sure to visit with the several non-profit vendors who'll be at the event, who will talk about how they are making a difference in the community, and how you can best help. Vendors will be open from noon - 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday.
When you get thirsty, make a pit stop into the Creamery, where producers from Big B's Hard Cider and Mesa Winds Winery will be on hand pouring drinks to whet your whistle. While inside the Creamery, make sure to see the gallery's new wildlife exhibit and stick around for a speaker who will talk about the art of taxidermy.
Kids are going to love the Western Colorado Outdoor Expo, which will highlight the amazing scope of outdoor activities available in our neck of the woods. Courtesy of True Life Adventures and Outback Power Company, kids of all ages will have a great time at the rock climbing wall, bouncy house, a surfboard simulator, an archery shooting range and other activities.
"We hope people come out and support the local community," said Marsy Moore, one of the festival organizers. "We want people to see what Hotchkiss has to offer."
The event, which is sponsored by the Hotchkiss Area Chamber of Commerce, is organized in part to raise funds for the Revitalize Hotchkiss committee, which is actively working towards downtown enhancement and economic development. The committee is currently working towards becoming a Colorado Main Street community and is working on a strategic plan to energize the economic vitality of Hotchkiss and to improve and beautify the town.