Venders sell old items, show off new wares at first Outdoor Fest

GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—From left, Clinton Hall, 3, of Grand Junction, and Olivia Drake, 4, and her little brother Cruz, 1, both of Glenwood Springs, use a raft belonging to Blue Sky Adventures of Glenwood Springs as a jungle gym during the Outdoor Festival held Sunday at Edgewater Brewery in Grand Junction.

Hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts flocked to the first Western Slope Outdoor Fest on Sunday at Edgewater Brewery.

Fifteen vendors, all from Mesa County except for Blue Sky Adventures from Glenwood Springs, had boards, bikes, and equipment for disc golf, hiking, fishing, climbing and rafting for sale on the lawn north of the brewery. Fly fishing and kite-flying demonstrations, live music, burgers and beer, and bicycle polo in a nearby dirt lot rounded out the afternoon’s festivities.

The event gave vendors a chance to shed some older items post-winter and show off newer merchandise for the warmer months, according to Paradox Promotions Owner Britton Crone. Crone said he approached Edgewater about having the festival there because he wanted to throw an event that highlighted Grand Valley outdoor supply vendors in a local setting while benefitting another river-adjacent organization. Twenty percent of all proceeds from Sunday’s event will go to the Colorado Riverfront Commission.

Katlin Lubeley, Egewater’s marketing coordinator, said the brewery is looking to expand its outdoor offerings after one year in business at 905 Struthers Ave. That includes more festivals like this one and music at least twice a month for the foreseeable future.

“We want to have events our customers will enjoy. As long as they go well, we’ll keep doing it,” she said.

Crone said he plans to continue the outdoor fest as well, with potential additions in years to come of rafting during the event, a disc golf tournament on Watson Island and more vendors.


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