Celebration of the centennial year for Fruita Fall Festival begins soon

The next harvest seems an eternity away these chilly January days, but for organizers of the Alpine Bank Fruita Fall Festival — which is celebrating its 100th year in 2014 — the yearlong recognition of the long-running event can’t start soon enough.

Later this month, the first of many events celebrating the festival’s centennial will happen — an antique quilt show at Valley Gate Center, 210 E. Aspen, Jan. 24-25. Leading up to the show, quilters will be putting together a community quilt, which according to a press release will depict “the festival’s cowpuncher beginnings through its present day celebration.” That community quilt will be raffled off at the show by the Fruita Lions Club.

The quilt show will be put on by the Fruita Fall Festival Centennial Committee, the Fruita Arts & Culture Board, Fruita Fourth Friday, and the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce.

Other planned events throughout the year include a Cowboy Poetry & Pie Night, a progressive dinner, a historic photo display, a historic walk through Fruita with an expert from the Museum of Western Colorado, a “moonshine” progressive poker run, and a baking and canning contest. A commemorative cookbook is also being compiled in conjunction with the centennial celebration. Organizers with the Fruita Fall Festival are looking for both photos of past festivals as well as recipes from locals to get the cookbook put together.

For more information about upcoming events, call the Fruita chamber at 858-3894.

The 2014 Alpine Bank Fruita Fall Festival is set to be held over three days, Sept. 26-28, and the theme this year is “Come Home to Fruita – 100 Years of Festival Tradition.”


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