For the second year, Grand Junction has been the host of the Summer Games, the biggest Special Olympics Colorado competition of the year! The two-day event brings together athletes, volunteers and families from across the state to compete in Athletics, Aquatics, Gymnastics, Powerlifting & Soccer.
Since 1946, the Grand Junction El Jebel Shrine has been bringing the circus to town. This year’s show was held at the Mesa County Fairgrounds with proceeds from the event going to help send children to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Over-the-top food and wine pairings made for a gorgeous day in Western Colorado wine country as ticket holders made their way around the vineyards. Eight wineries participated in the two day event.
The 16th Annual Mike the Headless Chicken Days were celebrated May 16th and 17th in Fruita, Colorado. A wing eating contest, 5k run, backyard games, Good Egg Award, peep eating contest, entertainment and vendors rounded out one of the most unusual festivals in the nation.
The Arts and Music Festival was held downtown all this weekend, May 9-11.
Western Coloradans turned out for a contingent from China Sunday evening: the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Wearing lavish costumes, 26 lithe athletes dazzled the audience with a blend of award-winning acrobatics and modern and traditional dance. The performance was the last in this season’s series of concerts/performances by the Mesa County Concert Association.
The annual Rose Hill Rally took place this Sunday morning.
The Girl Scouts of Colorado held their Cookies and Cocktails fundraiser at Allen Unique Autos Friday evening.
The John McConnell Math and Science Center held its family science night Thursday.
Local wine lovers enjoyed the first barrel tasting of spring at Grande River Vineyards Sunday afternoon.
Absolute Dance Studio held a Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance Saturday night.
The Southwest Arbor Fest was held Saturday at Lincoln Park.
Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra performed a concert version of Bizet’s “Carmen” Saturday evening.
Junior Service League held its annual Vivo el Vino at Two Rivers Convention Center Saturday evening.
Palisade marked its 110th birthday with a street dance Friday and a BBQ and softball game Saturday. Against the backdrop of blue skies crowning Grand Mesa, folks attending the BBQ enjoyed good food and good visiting.
A fashion show-fundraiser for the CMU Athletic Scholarship Foundation took place Wednesday evening at Brownson Arena. The track program is raising funds for scholarships. Both men and women track members modeled for the show.
Edesia held a benefit wine sampling at Palisade’s Wine Country Inn Sunday afternoon.
The Palisade Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet and celebrated CEN-TEN (the city’s 110th anniversary) Saturday evening.
Mesa County teachers and students joined some of the valley’s “top dogs,” such as Jamie Hamilton and Fruita Mayor Lori Buck, to celebrate student achievements and the success of Kids Voting this year at a banquet Thursday evening at Colorado Mesa University.
The Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra performed a benefit concert at Lincoln Park Barn Saturday night.
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