EVENTS

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Dance, dance, dance!

Music in the Park

Friday Evening – Town Park

Solar Brothers Band Friday, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Saturday – Town Park

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

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

Gustavo Brett

Harvest Festival All-Star Jam

The Living Farm Cafe

The Living Farm Cafe

Special Seating Farm-to-Table dinner

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 features seasonally harvested foods. After the meal, diners can take a leisurely stroll down to the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, located just 1 block north on Grand Avenue.

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Local Writers Showcase.

 

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Harvest of Voices Brings Words to Life

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

LEND US YOUR EARS!

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!

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

Yoga Outdoors, with Carolyn Yates of Studio Bija

Saturday, September 27 – 10:00 – 11:00 AM

at Paonia Town Park

Enjoy local brews

Enjoy local brews.

And local wines!

And local wines!

Drink Locally Pavilion at Paonia Town Park

Friday 4:00 – 10:00 PM

Saturday NOON – 8:00 PM

Sunday NOON – 5:00 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.Wine lovers can choose from a variety of wines from several of our local wineries. These are some of the finest wines made in Colorado, from vineyards located at some of the highest altitudes to produce wine.

Coffee drinks and juices from Delicious Orchards will also be available at the Back Country Bistro stand located beside the Drink Locally Pavilion.

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A twirlin’ good time.

Hoola Hoop Hoopla contests at Paonia Town Park

Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 AM

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Give your tastebuds a treat with homemade chili.

 

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Delicious fun.

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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: www.bluesage.org/events/chilin-in-the-park-chili-cook-off/. 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 Sept 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. Pies will be judged in two categories:  one and two crusts. 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!

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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

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 and more info HERE!

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Everyone loves a puppet show.

Blossom Valley Puppet Show

Saturday, September 27 11:00-11:30 AM

The Blossom Valley school will present a puppet show that will delight children of all ages.

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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:  sherrion8@gmail.com  970-596-4480 or Sid  970-527-3550

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Stomp those grapes!!

 

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Too much FUN!

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Past costume winners.

 

 

The 7th ANNUAL GRAPE STOMP IN THE PARK

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 www.mountainharvestfestival.org. 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 kswartz@solarenergy.org.

Children's Events & Activities

Children’s Events & Activities

Kid’s Area

Saturday and Sunday from NOON – 5:00 PM

at Paonia Town Park

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Huh?

Ladymen On Ice

Saturday 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 bring their own inflated personalities to theater bits and improv sketches.

Craft Vendors

Craft Vendors

Harvest Bazaar

Saturday and Sunday September 27 & 28, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

at Paonia Town Park

The Mountain Harvest Festival is set in Town Park, shaded by tall trees and surrounded by lush grass, views of Mount Lamborn, and the sound 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 some come to us from communities all over the Western Slope, to offer you 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.

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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.

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Look at the fabulous grapes!

Self Guided Winery Tour

Savor our local Wineries Welcoming visitors Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 & 28, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The West Elks AVA (American Viticultural Area) is a group of North Fork Valley wineries who work together to promote their excellent wines. Here in the North Fork Valley, wine lovers have the opportunity to visit with our vintners while touring these beautiful vineyards. You won’t want to miss the spectacular views, art galleries, tasting rooms, food pairings and wine for purchase.Delicious local wines are also featured at the Mountain Harvest Festival Drink Locally Pavilion in Town Park.

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Visit our valley’s wineries

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

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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.

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Get some fabulous, fresh foods at the Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market and Demonstrations

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

Sunday brings the farmers and their gorgeous produce and products. They share the bounty of their summer-long work with us, and the displays of colorful fruits, vegetables and flowers are enough to make you want to dance! Take home a basket of fresh and flavorful foods.

Thanks to the Cottage Industry bill, farmers can also sell honey, preserves, baked goods and other products.

Demonstrations will be offered throughout the day, on all kinds of topics.

Where would we be without the folks who grow our food?

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Late Night Gnoshing on Grand Avenue

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.

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art by Athena Peters

Young Artists’ Harvest Art Exhibit

Friday, 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.

Harvest the Beat Opening Parade

Friday Sept 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.

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Paonia Eagles Homecoming Game

Friday Sept 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