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Celebrating Small Town America:  Fruita Fall Festival 2018

Story by Denise Hight

Photos by Brian Gatley


For more than 100 years, since it first started in 1914 as the Cowpunchers Reunion, the Fruita Fall Festival has always been about celebrating the unique character of our community. This year’s fall festival, taking place September 21st through the 23rd, with its theme of Celebrating Small Town America, emphasizes the tradition of harvest-themed and fall festivals that are celebrated in many small towns across the country.

Among this year’s fall fest events will be the perennial favorites, including the ever-popular parade, the hilarious outhouse race, and the beer garden with beer served by members of the Fruita Rotary Club. There will also be an Old Fossil Golf Tournament and a beard contest. The baking and canning contest will be back, bigger and better than ever, and the organizers are hoping for lots of entries from local cooks and bakers.

Kids of all ages love the family-friendly carnival, and people from all over the region come to listen to the wide variety of live music on two separate stages. Of course, everyone enjoys all the food and drink choices available from the many vendors.

Attending the Fruita Fall Festival is a long-standing tradition with Grand Valley residents. Nearly 50,000 festival goers attend every year. Locals love it, and the Fall Festival has been voted the “Best of the West” in the festival category by Grand Junction Daily Sentinel readers nearly every year.

This year’s festival will be the best one yet, according to Jennifer Seal, Director of the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce, and organizer of the event.

The Alpine Bank 2018 Fruita Fall Festival: Celebrating Small Town America, presented by Family Health West, will be celebrated for three fun-filled days in Fruita, next week, from September 21st through the 23rd. As always, attendance is free, so invite your friends and family. For more information, call the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce at 970-858-3894, or visit www.fruitafallfestival.com.