The first wine-tasting event took place at the Mesa County Fair. It featured vintners from local wineries who were competing for notoriety and blue ribbons. Special to the Sentinel/Cerise Moran Hock
Crowds of lavender devotees and those just wanting to learn more about the versatile and aromatic herb gathered at Memorial Park in Palisade Saturday. The Lavender Association of Western Colorado organized the event which was held July 11, 12 & 13th and included farm tours, seminars, workshops, vendors and Lavender Fest Gala Dinner.
The will and skill of teams of adventurers were tested as they ran, crawled, and climbed through the 4 mile obstacle course at the Powderhorn Mountain Resort during the Powderhorn Mud Dash this weekend.
The Live in the Vines Summer Concert Series at Wine Country Inn featured entertainment by Thomasina Brown, as guests enjoyed, cocktails, wine and casual outdoor dining.
Contestants were treated to blasts of color as they made their way around Mesa Mall Saturday. For the curious minded, the color is made of food-grade cornstarch.
The Downtown Grand Junction Farmer’s Market was packed with people enjoying not only the farmers and vendors but the entertainers, splash pad and each other.
The 2014 Major Mortgage Country Jam welcomed thousands of music fans to Mack, Colorado. The beautiful weather and stellar lineup made for a weekend to remember.
Grande River Vineyards hosted their first concert of the season with local favorite Exit 42. The Heard it through the Grape Vine Concert series benefits local non-profits and Habitat for Humanity was this show’s beneficiary. Alpine Bank was the corporate sponsor that made it all possible.
The 6th annual Palisade Roots & Bluegrass Festival brought more campers, more people and more fun for the entire family. Campground jams, great food and exciting vendors set the tone for weekend long family fun event.
Grand Junction’s Relay for Life was held last weekend at Long’s Family Park. The overnight event gathered teams of supporters, caregivers and survivors as they walked to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Heritage Days at Cross Orchards Living History Farm saw record crowds this past Saturday as people of all ages enjoyed “life on the farm.” Thank you to Wes Allen for sharing his photos.
The art scene is sizzling in June and this weekend was full of receptions and openings. The featured First Friday art gallery reception at Aspen Photo Art was from 5:30p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, June 6, inside Main Street Bagels, 559 Main Street. At Colorado Canyons Gallery, 623 Main Street, Doug Loring was the featured artist at the First Friday reception. The 5th Biennial Contemporary Clay Exhibit opened at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.
Rocker Ball drew a large crowd at Allen Unique Auto Museum on Friday June 6th. The Grand Junction Rockestra, under the direction of founder Calvin Hofer is an extension of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and raises money for the GJSO and the Colorado Mesa University Music Department. The theme for Rockestra 3 was “Oh What a Night—That 70’s Show!
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.
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