Palisade’s Olde Fashioned Christmas began with a tree lighting and caroling by the Taylor Elementary Serenaders on Friday, Dec. 2. The celebration continued Saturday with vendors and music, a soup challenge in the Marketplace and a book sale at the library. The Palisade Historical Society gave historical walking tours, and the gingerbread competition at the Palisade Community Center is always a favorite.
Warm fall weather provided the perfect day for the Veterans Day parade Saturday afternoon in downtown Grand Junction. Hundreds of patriotic parade lovers enjoyed the celebration.
Chow Down Pet Supplies hosted a Howl-o-ween Pet Costume Contest Oct. 29. The event benefited the Roice-Hurst Humane Society. Gift cards were awarded to the first, second and third place winners.
Colorado Mesa University students enjoyed a week-long celebration for homecoming which included a variety of on-campus activities, a parade, football and soccer games. Photos: John Cusick/Special to the Sentinel
The local 2016 MDA Muscle Walk of Western Colorado fundraiser was held Saturday, October 15 at Mesa Mall, Grand Junction, CO.
The Mesa County Libraries’ celebrated Comic Con 2016 with comic books, comic art, pop culture and more. Many came dressed as their favorite comic book characters.
The Grand Valley Kennel Club hosted its annual AKC Dog Show at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. Dogs of all breeds and their handlers came from across the country to compete in one of the most popular dog shows on the Western Slope. All photos are available for purchase. (Photos: Drew Koch/Special to the Sentinel)
The Fuoco Motor Co. Downtown Car Show connected vehicle owners and car lovers as they chatted about cars, trucks, and motorcycles. (John Cusick/Special to the Sentinel)
The 25th anniversary of the Colorado Mountain Winefest as presented by Alpine Bank took place September 15th-18th, in Palisade. The festival offered food and wine pairings, chocolate and wine tastings. Patrons sampled wine from dozens of Colorado wineries, enjoyed live music, a grape stomp, chef demonstrations & seminars.
Grand Junction MUDD Volleyball is an important fundraiser for the March of Dimes Colorado/Wyoming chapter. Thirty coed teams comprised of 6 players each, knee deep in mud, had great fun getting dirty Saturday. The funds raised support March of Dimes programs of research, services, education and advocacy.
The Carbondale Mountain Fair showcases local artists and artisans, and includes non-stop entertainment–both in live music and various forms of performing arts.
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.
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