Dance, dance, dance!

Music in the Park

September 26, Friday Evening – Town Park

Solar Brothers Band, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

September 27, Saturday – Town Park

Bruce and Tiki D Band Saturday Afternoon, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

September 28, Sunday – Town Park

North Fork Showcase:

John Hutchison Trio

Mojo featuring Michael Meadows

The Scones featuring Rick and Helen

The North Fork Flyers featuring Mike Gwinn

Harvest Festival All-Star Jam

Fresh from farm to table!

Special Dinner Seating for Harvest of Voices!

Thursday 5pm, September 25 at Living Farm Cafe

The Living Farm Café is offering their all-local menu at an early dinner, to provide folks heading for the Harvest of Voices a farm-to-table feast before feeding their literary appetites! Every dish will be house made without chemicals or additives, and will feature seasonally harvested foods. After the meal, diners can take a leisurely stroll down to the Blue Sage, located just one block north on Grand Avenue, and settle into their seats for a rich feast of words.
5pm seating, insuring plenty of time to dine before the Harvest of Voices.
Cost: Dinner entreés range from $12 – 22. Gluten free options are available.
Reservations: call the Living Farm Café directly at 1-970-527-3779


Local Writers Showcase.







Harvest of Voices Brings Words to Life

Thursday, September 25 – 7:30 – 9:00 PM


Delta County is home to an abundance of talented wordsmiths, and the 2014 Harvest of Voices offers a grand buffet of tasty prose and poetry. This kickoff event of the Mountain Harvest Festival is a joint effort by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts and Delta County Libraries, showcasing both rising stars and award-winning writers. The event always draws a standing-room-only crowd.

“Stop by the Blue Sage or go online and make a donation to guarantee a reserved seat,” suggests Laura Lee Yates of the Paonia Library. “This literary evening is a great way to get into the Mountain Harvest spirit.”

During intermission, the winning works of art from the Paint Paonia competition come up for live auction. All the entries will be available for viewing at the Blue Sage beginning on Tuesday, September 23.

Don’t miss this wonderful evening of story and verse at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts on Grand Avenue. “This is a great chance to see local authors make their poetry and prose come alive,” says Sunshine Knight, the assistant director of the Sage.
Stick around after the reading for door prizes, music, a reception with the writers and a delicious dessert buffet!

Get your morning off to a great start with yoga in the park.

Get your morning off to a great start with yoga in the park.

Gentle Flow Yoga with Carolyn Yates

Saturday, September 27 – 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Stretch and rejuvenate with a free yoga class in the park on Saturday morning at 9:30 am.  Carolyn Yates, owner of Paonia’s Studio Bija, will lead participants in Flow Yoga. This class explores the ease of flowing from posture to posture as well the natural flow of energy within any held posture.  Participants will move from held, alignment-focused postures to safely exploring spontaneous free-form movements.  Carolyn says, “We will tune into the breath as a naturally occurring impulse to move.”  Come discover the ease and joy of moving with your breath in your body exactly as it is in the moment.

Local beer, wines, coffee drinks and juices

Local beer, wines, coffee drinks and juices


Friday, September 26, 4 – 10 PM, Saturday, September 27, Noon – 8 PM, Sunday, September 28, Noon – 5 PM

Enjoy a glass of beer or wine at the festival this year, when you stop by the Drink Locally Pavilion. Featuring favorite beers provided by Paonia’s Revolution Brewing, founded and owned by Gretchen and Mike King. Their handcrafted ales and lagers are made using local hops and fruits to craft their brew. They even grind their hops using bicycle power!
Wine lovers can choose from a variety of wines from several of our local wineries. These are among the finest made in Colorado, from vineyards located at some of the highest altitudes to produce wine. Some of the vintners may be on hand to help you decide which wines may be most pleasing to your palette.
If you’re thirsty for something non-alcoholic, Back Country Bistro will be hosting a tent right beside Drink Locally. They’ll offer rich coffee drinks, both hot and iced, free water, and tasty, locally sourced juices. Delicious Orchards makes Big B’s juices, and generously provides them for the festival.   Be sure to try ‘em; they are  bursting with flavor.
The Drink Locally Pavilion will open Friday, September 26th at 5, to serve festival goers during the Chili Cookoff, and will remain open throughout the festival.  Age verified wrist bands will be given out after our volunteers check ID.
Drink Responsibly – Please set a good example, live long and prosper

A twirlin' good time

A twirlin’ good time

Hoola Hoop Hoopla!

Saturday, September 27 10:30 AM

New this year!  Free Hoola hooping fun and contests for all ages.  Peggysoup, one of our talented and inventive Paonians, will direct all kinds of fun and whacky activities featuring the universally loved hoola hoop.  Some hoops will be provided; feel free to bring your own, or buy one.  Win prizes, show off your talented hips, or simply have fun.  Saturday in Paonia Town Park, 10:30 – 11:30  am, by the main stage.


Give your tastebuds a treat with homemade chili.



Delicious fun.


Vote for your favorite chili.

Chili Cook-off

Friday September 26, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

This year’s Mountain Harvest Festival will mark the 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off in the park. The cook-off, which has been run by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts for the past seven years, is a signature part of Mountain Harvest Festival that is anticipated by many members of the community. The competition is open to any individual or organization and is broken into five categories. Each category is judged by a secret panel of culinary experts and also competes for the coveted People’s Choice award. Prizes are as follows:
Best Green Chili $50
Best Red $50
Best Meatless $50
Best Exotic $50
Best in Town $0 (for restaurants)
People’s Choice $150

Pre-registration is required in order to compete in the chili cook-off. The deadline to register as a cook is Friday, September 19. The entry fee is $10. Late registration will be from September 20 to September 24 and the fee is $25. The entry fee helps to cover supplies, like tasting cups, spoons, napkins, tickets, etc.The online registration form is available at:

Forms can also be obtained from Farm and Home Supply, Grand Ave, Paonia. You can taste the chili in Paonia Town Park on Friday, September 26 from 5:00-7:00pm when all the cooks will be assembled, eager to wow you and win the coveted “People’s Choice Award”. Tasting will start promptly at 5pm: no sooner, and no later. When you purchase your taste tickets you will be given a token of some sort to use as a people’s choice vote. Once you’ve tasted all the chili you would like, decide which one (or ones) you like the best, and put your people’s choice votes in the colored can on the cook’s table. You are allowed to cast more than one vote to a chili if you like! At the end of the evening we will count all the people’s choice votes in each cook’s tin, and announce the coveted People’s Choice Award.In order to taste the chili, you will have to purchase taste tickets.Acceptable forms of payment are cash or local check, and the cost is as follows:

2 tastes: $1 – no people’s choice votes

4 tastes: $2 – no people’s choice votes

6 tastes: $3 – 1 people’s choice vote

8 tastes: $4 – 1 people’s choice vote

12 tastes: $5 – 2 people’s choice votes

Finish off your chili with a slice of homemade pie!

Finish off your chili with a slice of homemade pie!

I Love Pie Contest

Friday September 26, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Students from the Hotchkiss and Paonia High School Speech Club will once again sponsor the annual I Love Pie Contest in conjunction with the Chili Cookoff. This year,  we have new categories!  Pies will be judged as: best Harvest pie, best Savory pie, best Fruit pie, best Gluten and Dairy Free pie, and best Decorative pie. Pie bakers can enter each pie in only 1 category, but may enter as many pies as they like. The only rule is that all pies must be homemade. Bring your best pie to the park by 4 pm on Friday for judging. Slices of pie will be available for sale starting at 5 pm, with proceeds benefitting the Speech Club.   Delicious!


Check out local art.

Final Friday Art Walk

Friday, September 26 – 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Take a stroll through downtown Paonia to view works of local artists at:

Glennie Coombe Gallery

Blue Sage Center for the Arts

Eccentric Artist Gallery

The Hive, Colony Room

Elsewhere Studios


Pub Crawl

Pub Crawl

Pub Crawl

Pub crawl

Friday night, September 26, in Town

Live music in downtown Paonia at several venues. This is a staple of Harvest Festival Friday nights! Come on down and enjoy.

Participating venues hosting music or serving food and more info HERE!


The Day It Snowed Tortillas

The Children’s Garden Puppet Show

Saturday, September 27 11:30 AM – NOON

The Children’s Garden Pre/Kindergarten will present a puppet show, THE DAY IT SNOWED TORTILLAS,  that will delight children of all ages. It will be told in English this year.  The show will only be presented once, in front of the main stage, so come and enjoy it on Saturday at 11:30.


Come take a ride with us!

Paonia Bicycle Club Free Range Ride

Saturday, September 27

Ready to ride around our stunning valley?  The Paonia Bicycle Club is offering a free, guided ride for enthusiasts of varying abilities.  Meet at Paonia Town Park at 8 am, by the Gazebo stage.  Leaders will be provided to insure riders know the route.  Choose to ride 10, 25, or 50 miles.  Routes are suitable for road and mountain bikes.  Each rider will need to sign a release and be responsible for their own safety, food and water.  If requested, a tour of the valley can be arranged.

Contact Sherrion:  970-596-4480 or Sid  970-527-3550


Stomp those grapes!!



Too much FUN!


Past costume winners.




NOON-2:00 PM Saturday, September 27 at Paonia Town Park.

The popular “Grape Stomp” Competition is a must-see event at this year’s Mountain Harvest Festival! The Grape Stomp is generously sponsored by Orchard Valley Farms and the Black Bridge Winery. The event runs from noon through 2:00pm on Saturday, September 27 at Paonia Town Park. This fundraising event benefits local non-profits: Solar Energy International’s “Solar in the Schools” program and the Paonia Public Library Foundation.

This annual competition highlights the North Fork Valley’s amazing wine culture through a hands-on (or shall we say feet-on) event!

How does the contest work? Local businesses, families, non-profit groups, kids of all ages, church groups and crazy friends form teams of 3-4 people to compete for the Grand Prize of “Most Juice Collected” by stomping 20 pounds of grapes in wine barrels.

To add to the fun, the teams are encouraged to dress in costume as Comic Book Characters or as I Love Lucy to compete for “Best Costumes,” “Best Lucy-Look-A Like” and “Best Showmanship” awards. The audience is encouraged to bribe the judges by donating money in the name of their favorite team. Bribes are critical to the success of this fundraising event!

New this year! We are offering VIP seating which includes front row seats, wine, h’orderves, and other special surprises. These limited seats are $25 and will go fast.

Team registrations are accepted until September 24. We are also seeking sponsors for teams. Registration forms for teams and sponsors, as well as Rules for the Grape Stomp, are available at the Paonia Library, SEI, and Registration is $75 for a team, and all registration fees sponsored by local individuals or businesses are tax deductible. All proceeds from the Grape Stomp benefit SEI and the Paonia Public Library. For further information, contact Kathy Swartz at 970-527-7657 or

Grape Stomp Registration Form

Kids Area MHF

Kids, come join in the fun!

Kids Area hosted by Kampe Foundation

Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 from NOON – 5:00 PM

The Kampe Foundation will once again provide fun activities for kids at the festival, for the seventh year!  Teaming up with the Hotchkiss High School Honor Society, kids will discover all kinds of games, arts and craft projects to do. All participants receive prizes and it’s all free! Jump in at Town Park.



Ladymen On Ice

Saturday, September 27 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM

at Paonia Town Park.

A ragtag smorgasbord of comedic talent with over 3.5 hours of combined experience, Ladymen on Ice is a Paonia-based improvisational theater group. With countless self-composed press quotes to their name such as, “Umm, really?” and “Almost worth the price of admission,” the Ladymen continue the time-honored actor tradition of completely ignoring the script by bringing their own inflated personalities to theater bits and improv sketches.

Festival shopping and eating

Festival shopping and eating

Harvest Bazaar

Saturday and Sunday September 27 & 28, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Friday afternoon is optional for Vendors)
The Mountain Harvest Festival is set in Town Park, shaded by tall trees and surrounded by lush grass, views of Mount Lamborn, and the gurgling  of the river just a few blocks away.
You can easily walk here from town, locals wave as you pass by, and live music serves as your soundtrack.
Every year we invite a wide variety of unique vendors to offer their handmade wares at the Harvest Bazaar. Some vendors live right here in Paonia, Crawford and Hotchkiss, and others come from all over the Western Slope, to offer their handsome goods for sale. Discover jewelers, handmade clothing, potters, and all kinds of surprising, beautiful, and well-made things. You can find gifts for giving, and while you’re at it, something nice for yourself. What an easy, enjoyable way to do early holiday shopping!
Food vendors also await you in the park, offering tasty treats and delicious meals of for every palate and preference.  We’ll keep you well fed and energized throughout the festival. Choose from burgers, burritos, vegetarian and ethnic foods, fresh salads, local juices, baked goods, wood fired pizza and excellent espresso.


Explore our valley farms!

Self Guided Farm Tour

Saturday, September 27th

from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM*

Mountain Harvest welcomes back the much celebrated free farm tours.
*Harvest is the busiest time of year on the farm, so we ask that guests please respect closing time at 4pm.

View from Azura

View from Azura

Savor Our Local Wineries

Welcoming visitors Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Here in the North Fork Valley, wine lovers have the opportunity to visit with our vintners while touring the beautiful vineyards surrounding us. You won’t want to miss the spectacular views, art galleries, tasting rooms, food pairings and wine for purchase.
Sumptuous local wines are also featured at the Mountain Harvest Festival Drink Locally Pavilion in Town Park.

See our Entertainment Guide center page for a map, names and addresses of the wineries, or pick up a map from the MHF information booth, and visit the North Fork Valley wineries from Hotchkiss to Paonia.

Additional information is available HERE, including details of the Guided Van Tour of local wineries, and also at

Azura Winery

Azura Winery

Van Tour of superb local Wineries

– ride and relax!

Saturday September 27, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

As a special treat for festival wine lovers, Solar Energy International (SEI) will provide a van tour of the fine wineries surrounding Paonia. For a $10 donation to SEI, you can truly relax as you tour the wineries and taste the fruits of their labor. Why drive when you can be guided by friendly local solar photographer and renewable energy enthusiast Ben Lehman? The tour is limited – be among the first fifteen to buy a ticket at the Mountain Harvest Festival Information booth on Saturday, and you’re in! The tour leaves Paonia Park at 1 pm and returns by 4 pm. Questions? Contact Ben Lehman:  985-778-8289


Ready for a run??

Jumbo Mountain trail runs

Mountain Harvest Festival Trail Runs – 5k and 10k

Sunday, September 28, 8:30 AM

Apple Valley Park in Paonia

Early Sunday morning runs on the beautiful Jumbo mountain trail system. Click here for more info.

Stock up on locally grown produce

Stock up on locally grown produce

Farmers’ Market and Demos in Paonia Town Park

Sunday September 28 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Local farmers will join the Festival vendors on Sunday for our MHF Farmers’ Market! This is a good water year, so expect to find a wide range of the last of the summer crops: tomatoes, eggplants, summer squash,  melons, and brilliant flowers!  Likely we’ll also have a good selection of fall crops for your eating pleasure and for preserving and storage, such as potatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, winter squash, greens, and roots of all kinds and colors, including carrots, beets, rutabagas, celery root, and turnips.  Look also for fruits, honey, garlic braids, and strings of chiles. Support our local farmers and remember this fabulous weekend when you use the delicious, colorful, vibrant produce you purchased directly from the growers.

Thanks to Colorado’s Cottage Food Bill, there will also be some value-added products for sale, including preserves.

Demonstrations will be offered in the center of the Farmers’ Market:

  • 12pm - Garlic Braiding with Monica Wiitanen: Monica Wiitanen shows the decorative art of braiding garlic. Learn how to braid garlic and give out wonderful gifts this Christmas.
  • 1pm - Fermentations with Chrys Bailey: Chrys Bailey demonstrates the art of fermentation. Learn how to make sauerkraut, pickles and kimchi. As well as find out how beneficial all of this is for your daily life.
  • 2pm - Tomato Tasting with Mark Waltermire: Mark Waltermire brings to the table many verities of tomatoes. Learn about where these verities come from, how they grow and how different they all taste.
  • 3pm - Wool Spinning Demo with North Fork Fiber Guild: Monica Wiitanen demonstrates wool spinning. Learn how to take raw wool and make it into the beautiful yarn you like to knit with.
  • 4pm - Chile Tasting with Mark Waltermire: Mark Waltermire challenges you to taste chilies. He grows many verities of chilies mild to hot hot! Mark only grows chilies with the best flavor so come taste all the different chilies.

Late Night Gnoshing on Grand Avenue

Saturday, September 27, 8:00 PM – MIDNIGHT

The town of Paonia boasts a pretty incredible selection of excellent eateries, including outdoor dining options at Fresh and Wyld FarmhouseNelle’s, Louie’s Pizza (with a newly remodeled interior + menu!), The Flying Fork and The Living Farm CafeBack Country Bistro serves up tapas in town, and pizza freshly baked in their wood-fired oven at the park during the festival!  The Diner has great breakfasts, Sol Margaritas offers delicious Mexican food, and new this year, Hightower Cafe serves up pan fried trout!

Several of these fabulous eateries will be open for late-night gnoshing on Saturday, if you get hungry during or after our Saturday night concerts.


art by Athena Peters

Young Artists’ Harvest Art Exhibit

Friday, September 26, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

The Glennie Coombe Gallery will feature an exhibit of artworks by young artists from around the valley, with the theme of Harvest. Join the artists for a reception on the Friday night of the festival, from 5 – 8 pm in the Community Room, just behind Ollie’s Ice Cream. Glennie Coombe is located at 140 Grand Avenue.

Join the parade.

Join the parade.

Harvest the Beat Opening Parade

Friday September 26, 4:30 PM

Everyone is invited to join in! Costumes encouraged, as participants parade from Poulos park to Paonia Town Park, for the official start of this year’s Mountain Harvest Festival. Musicians, dancers, bicyclists, hula hoopers, stilt walkers, and entertainers of all sorts and ages are welcome. No recorded or amplified music, motorized vehicles, or advertising, please.

Poulos Park is located on Grand Avenue, right next to the Eccentric Artist Gallery. Meet at 4 pm on Friday, September 26th. Parade departs at 4:30 sharp, heading north down Grand Avenue.


Paonia Eagles Homecoming Game

Friday September 26, 7:00 PM

Welcome home, Paonia Eagles football team! We’re proud of the athletic accomplishments of our local students, and invite you to join in celebrating their community homecoming events over the Mountain Harvest Festival weekend. Enjoy tasty chili Friday evening at Paonia Town Park, and then, if the Pub Crawl is not your game, walk on over to the football field and cheer for our hometown team!

Schedule of community homecoming events:
Noon - parade on Grand Avenue (listen for the fire truck’s siren!)
2:30 - Volleyball game at Paonia High School
7:00 - Football game at Town Park stadium


Ferraris roll into Town Park Sunday afternoon

Sunday September 28, 1:00 PM

Between 1 and 2 pm on Sunday, the Ferrari club will cruise along 4th Avenue, and roll on in to the parking lot in front of the Teen Center, adjacent to all the other Mountain Harvest Festival happenings and food vendors. Festival goers are invited to come drool over these beautiful driving machines, and kids of all ages can take a turn sitting in the front seat. The drivers will be staying for lunch in Paonia, enjoying the friendly atmosphere of the Farmer’s Market and live music on the main stage. Then they’ll continue on their scenic road trip. Catch ‘em while you can!


Enjoying a vegan meal!

Second Annual Harvest Festival Vegan Potluck

Event begins at noon in the park (park side of the shelter) on Saturday, September 27th. Vegan is a plant-based diet, free of all animal products. Usually Vegans try to eat locally grown and organic produce whenever possible.

Enjoying the Festival Food

Enjoying the Festival Food

Sunday Breakfast with Flight of the Eagle

We are excited to showcase Flight of the Eagle as part of MHF this year! On Sunday, September 28th, Flight of the Eagle will serve a delicious, light breakfast on the lawn east of the Teen Center, from 9 to 11 am. Ticket prices are $6 adults and $4 for children under 12. The menu features locally grown food, including sausage, biscuits and sweet breads, fruit, juice, coffee, tea.

All proceeds will benefit the Flight of the Eagle project, a community improvement plan for an expansive outdoor recreation space. It includes trails along the river, safe areas for children to play, additional sports facilities, new picnic areas, and an outdoor performance pavilion. This beautiful activity area will enhance our community and bring new families and visitors to Paonia. Visit to see the plan and how you can be a part of improving our school and community.

Fido Follies

Fido Follies

Saturday 10:30 AM

Fido Follies, also known as Canine Chaos, will perform Saturday, September 27th at 10:30am, next to the Pavilion in Town Park. They are a group of dog/handler teams who look forward to entertaining their audience with fun and frivolity. They perform an obedience routine to music, each team is introduced with a “trick up their sleeve”, and the finale is an agility challenge. They have good fun and hope to pass that on to everyone watching.

slow bike

Slow Bike Race and Bike Throwing Contest

Saturday 1:30 – 2:00 PM

The Paonia Bike Co-op is a non-profit bike maintenance center where you can take advantage of community owned tools and local experts to help you work on your bike! They’re located in the alley across from the community gardens behind Rodger’s barber shop. Regular hours will be announced soon.

A Slow Bike Race combined with a Bike Throwing Contest will be held at the Pavilion Saturday from 1:30-2:00. It’s a benefit for Paonia’s new bike co-op. Bring lots of enthusiasm and get ready to compete for some radical limited edition co-op t-shirts!

Samara Taylor yoga

Yoga with Samara Taylor

Sunday, September 28 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Rise & shine on Sunday morning with gentle yoga in the park! Samara will lead mindful movement, simple stretches and breath awareness for whole body wellbeing. Bring a towel or mat for comfort. No previous yoga experience necessary; all are welcome!