Fruita Fall Festival in its 98th year

Crisp fall air, music in the park, racing beds? Look out, it’s a stampede Fruita Fall Festival style.

The 98th annual Alpine Band Fruita Fall Festival featuring music, carnival rides, food, arts and crafts, a parade and more, will be Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28–30, in downtown Fruita.

The festival will open at 3 p.m. Friday and a street dance featuring the country band Exit 42 will be at 7 p.m. Magician Kier Royale also will perform at 7 p.m. at the Pavilion Stage. Don’t miss the Fruita Lioness spaghetti supper served from 5–8 p.m. Friday at the Fruita Community Center.

Racing beds will start off Saturday’s events at 9 a.m. in front of the Fruita Chamber office, 432 E. Aspen Ave. This year’s theme is “Bedrock.” The parade will follow at 10 a.m..

Browse the more than 150 vendor booths, and visit the beer garden hosted by the Fruita Rotary Club. Saturday is Military Appreciation Day with performances sponsored by Whistler Entertainment Inc. that will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

The baking and canning contest will take place at Family Health West and the Grand Valley Zoological Quest will have a mini zoo on the east side of Civic Center Park on Saturday. A variety of bands will perform on the Pavilion Stage and Circle Park Stage all three days.

The Saturday night street dance will feature The Scooter Brown Band from Texas playing outlaw country.

New this year is the Fruita Fall Festival 5K Stampede that will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday on North Mesa. A portion of the proceeds from the fun run will benefit the classrooms, teachers and students at Fruita Middle School.

Also on Sunday is a car show, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reed Park. Proceeds from the car show will benefit Partners.

The Fruita Fall Festival closes Sunday with the Youth Pet and Talent Show. The pet show will be from 1–2 p.m., with the talent show immediately following and continuing until 4 p.m. in Civic Center Park.

Go to or call 858-3894 for information.


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