Enjoy the Fruita Fall Festival

Darrly Worley

Fruita Fall Festival, the annual Lower Valley celebration of the harvest, will bring upward of 50,000 people to Fruita this weekend, offering three days of food, arts, crafts and fun.

More than 125 vendors will set up shop Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23–25, in downtown Fruita. Vendor booths will be open from 3–10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Paradise Amusements Carnival will bring both extreme thrills and a bit of nostalgia to the event. Carnival hours will be 3–10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center. Advance carnival tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at the Fruita branch of Alpine Bank and the City Market and True Value stores in Fruita. Carnival tickets will cost $30 at the festival.

The Rotary Club Beer Garden and the music stages will be located in Circle Park and at the Civic Center. The band schedule and a few short bios are posted at fruitafallfestival.com.

Friday’s street dance, set for 7–10 p.m., will feature local band The Williams Brothers Band and headliner ‘80s rock ‘n’ roll band The Georgia Satellites, best known for the hit “Keep Your Hands to Yourself.”

The Fruita Lions Club pancake breakfast will be served from 7–9:30 a.m. Saturday in Circle Park. Activities will then “get moving” with the outhouse races on Aspen Avenue at 8:30 a.m. and the parade at 10 a.m.

The street dance on Saturday, also from 7–10 p.m. will feature local country artist Jay Ketchem and Friends and headliner Darryl Worley, who has had 18 hit singles and three chart-topping country songs.

Sunday’s music will feature the Stillwater Cowboy Church Worship Band and Peggy Malone from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Civic Center Stage.

A host of other activities are planned for the festival, including a variety of contests, a comedy show and talent show.

Go to fruitafallfestival.com for the complete schedule of performers and events.


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