Hot weather was no problem for these Mesa County Fair-goers. Between the food eating competitions, farm animal showings, Brown’s Carnival and cool treats, people had plenty to do.
The Colorado Lavender Festival presented by the Colorado Lavender Association of Western Colorado featured more than 30 vendors with lavender-themed goodies such as food, wine and crafts. Bus tours to local farms and a Feast in the Field at Z’s Orchards completed the weekend in Palisade. (Photos by Svea Elisha/Special to the Sentinel)
Sponsored by the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, the 2016 4th of July parade drew enthusiastic red- white-and-blue-clad crowds. Marching bands, veterans and others got cheers from celebrants of all ages.
The St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraiser event took place at Lincoln Park Barn. Participants raised money by shaving their heads for childhood cancer. Photos by Dawn Morrow/Special to the Sentinel.
Thousands of people filled Riverbend Park for the seventh year of Palisade’s Bluegrass Festival, enjoying three days of music, food and fun. Palisade Bluegrass and Roots festival-goers came for the music, the atmosphere and also because it was something fun to do.
The annual fun at the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival in Fruita was held Friday and Saturday. With the theme “Going for the Gold,” the festival offered a number of games and events as well as a 5K run on Saturday and live music both evenings in Fruita’s Civic Center Park.
Downtown Grand Junction host the 2016 Downtown Music Festival partnered with the Grand Junction Off-Road Mountain Bike Event from May 20-23, 2016. The event included a celebration of music, there were plenty of live performances to enjoy. The festival was held in conjunction with the Epic Rides Off-Road mountain bike event, which made for a diverse audience.
More than 225 students graduated from Palisade High School in 2016 at Stocker Stadium Monday evening. Salutatorian John Moir was one of the student speakers along with Valedictorian Bryce Atchinson.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of Colorado was carried out by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Walter Walker Wildlife Area. Nearly 15 sworn officers from law enforcement agencies in Mesa County participated with the public invited to join in the walk, jog, run or biking event.
Festival goers celebrate May Day on Sunday during the Grand Junction Renaissance Faire held at Las Colonias Park.
This annual springtime event held Saturday at Lincoln Park featured a jalapeño eating contest, Colorado Craft Beer Expo, vendor booths, tree seedling giveaway, touch-a truck and other activities for kids. Live music was provided by Shea Bramer, The Wrong Impressions and Jack+Jill.
The Woofstock Festival, a benefit for Roice-Hurst Humane Society to encourage active pets, took place at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. Several local bands provided entertainment. The event included a walk for well-behaved dogs, their families and activities for children.
The Palisade International Honeybee Festival (PIHF) is a community driven festival created in 2008 to educate the public about the world-wide crisis on colony collapse and to support of a healthy honeybee population worldwide. The Honeybee Festival brings awareness to the honeybee crisis through education and the arts. Our goal is to increase public awareness of the impact of bees on our food sources and the wide range of benefits of bee products.
Sponsored by Grand Junction Harley-Davidson, this benefit event consisted of a motorcycle ride Saturday from Harley Davidson to the Helicopter in Fruita and the one at the National Guard, then back to VFW, where they presented a flag in honor of Deputy Geer. All proceeds benefit the Derek Geer Memorial Fund.
A NIGHT ON THE RED CARPET SPRING FASHION SHOW, hosted by KMSA 91.3 Radio and CMU-TV, was held Saturday at Colorado Mesa University. The event included couture from local, franchise and corporate establishments in Grand Junction. Proceeds from the fashion show were donated to Strive Colorado; an organization that has been committed to helping support families of individuals with developmental disabilities for over 47 years.
More than 10,000 eggs were filled with candy and other treats at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens Easter Egg hunt.
The Lions Club celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a corned beef and cabbage dinner at A Taste of Heaven Catering. The event included a cake raffle and other fun activities for the family.
Several hundred well-wishers sang, danced, ate and shared stories in honor of Cesar Chavez. Chavez’ birthday is March 31, but local organizers decided to celebrate at Las Colonias Park a little early, before students leave for spring break at the end of the month, said Jose Luis Chavez, an event coordinator.
STRIVE celebrated its 50th anniversary with a tribute to Patsy Cline. The event took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and included dinner, cocktails, and the theatrical event, “Always, Patsy Cline.”
California’s Death Valley National Park is in full “super bloom.” There are millions of colorful flowers blooming, a rare event that hasn’t occurred since 2006. Park officials say the desert flowers are due to an increase of rainfall during the winter months.
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