Celebrate music, good food, beer at 15th annual event

It’s all about the trees and the mac and cheese.

And the beer and the music: The 15th annual Southwest Arbor Fest will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Lincoln Park.

The annual event features arts and crafts booths, a touch-a-truck area and live music from the local bands Threads, The Navigators and Zolopht.

Sample and vote for your favorite entry in the Mac & Cheese Cook-off, and then participate in the Colorado Craft Beer Expo that offers brews from more than a dozen craft breweries. The beer tasting costs $20 and includes a commemorative glass and unlimited beer tastings.

And if your palate has a high tolerance for heat, reserve a spot in the jalapeno eating contest for $10. The contest will be at 4 p.m., and $100 goes to the last person standing. Call 254-3866 to reserve your spot.

The Arbor Fest annual seedling giveaway has been replaced with a tree lottery for larger, more mature trees.

More than 10 different types of trees will be in the lottery including hedge maple, redbud, hardy rubber, tulip tree, Chinese pistache, bloodgood planetree, sown fountain weeping cherry, Allee elm, green vase zelkova and Franklin trees.

The tree lottery opens at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Park Barn. Enter your name into the drawing for a chance to win. However, to be eligible to win you must attend a free training provided by Grand Junction forestry department on how to properly plant and maintain a newly planted tree. Be present at the barn at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. for your chance to win.

Call 254-3861 for information on the tree lottery and training.


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