The festival season has begun in Palisade and will continue throughout the summer and into the fall, with the next scheduled festival, Palisade Brews and Cruise, on May 5. This will be the fourth year for the beer festival, which will be at the Veteran's Memorial Park.

In addition to the festival in the park, where attendees can sample more than 100 different beers, there will be a brewmaster's dinner on Friday, May 4 at the new 13 Brix Cider Bistro in downtown Palisade.

The Grand Valley Marathon will also be on May 5, with a 5K and a 10K runs starting and ending in Palisade. Part of the proceeds from the run will benefit the Fruit and Wine Byway, which will replace signs for the popular driving and biking route.

There are several new businesses that are planning to open or have opened their doors in Palisade, including Spun Fiber Arts Studio, which keeps limited hours on Friday and Saturday only, and Peaches Coffee Shop, which had its building and health inspections last week and hopes to open this coming week.

"I'm so excited to be in Palisade," said owner Danielle Wilkinson, who grew up in the Grand Valley and had a grandmother who lived in Palisade. "I've had such a positive feedback from the community."

In addition to offering 309 W. Eighth St., unit 1, next to Peachwood Liquor. Once she gets the shop open and perfects her breakfast offerings, she may add sandwiches for lunch.

The Purple Cow at the Blue Pig is also coming to Palisade and will be adjacent to the Blue Pig on Main St. Owner Darin Carei hopes the Purple Cow, which will feature ice cream from Graff Dairy as well as coffee, will be open sometime in the early part of summer.

Palisade Basecamp RV resort, 985 River Road, is open and offering guests an opportunity to enjoy camping at a beautiful spot overlooking the river in Palisade. The campground, which is on the site of a former greenhouse business, has been open since sometime last fall, and the owners have also found a local producer, Grand Junction Farmstand, to grow fresh vegetables in the greenhouse.

The Happy Camper marijuana retail business, is working through planning issues with the town and could be open at the east (west?) end of the property in the fall.

The Golden Gate gas station, which is right at the Palisade exit and Interstate 70, should be open by May 15. General manager David Collier has hired about half of the 14 staff members necessary for the new store, and he hopes to hire the remaining staff members from the Palisade area. In addition to offering gas and convenience items, the store will also have a full liquor license and plans to offer wine from several different Palisade wineries.

Supporters of the Palisade Plunge, a mountain bike trail that will go from the top of Grand Mesa to the town of Palisade, hope to get the green light on the last planning document currently being reviewed by the BLM, which is the lead agency on the project. Supporters are still trying to find funding sources for the trail, which could boost tourism to the town of Palisade and create a mountain bike experience unlike any other in the Grand Valley.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife continues to work on the Cameo Sports Shooting Complex, with the first phase of construction scheduled to be finished in June.

"We are building the finest shooting and education complex in existence," said Walt Proulx with CPW. "We will have staff on site during all public hours of operation. This will not be an uncontrolled, haphazard desert shooting range."

The first phase will be open to the public by July and will include an action pistol, rifle and archery complex. Although the shooting range isn't yet open to the general public, it can write permits for groups that want to host events on the natural terrain, and has an archery group scheduled to come for an event in May.

According to Proulx, archery and shooting events and competitions that will be held at the complex when it's fully construction will bring in visitors from around the region and the country.

"For national and world events, there will be anywhere from 300 to 500 people for the event," said Proulx, who shoots competitively at other events and places around the country. "None of them come close to offering the amenities and fringe benefits. It doesn't take this demographic long to figure it out; if it's a great place to go and bring the family, they'll take extra days and turn it into the family vacation for the year."

Right in step with all the other good things coming to Palisade, there are two housing projects on the horizon. Cresthaven Acres, a 70 lot subdivision off Front street on the west side of Palisade High School, is scheduled to go before the planning commission at the beginning of May and then before the city council after that.

"People are on board with the project," said Cody Davis, owner of Chronos Builders, which is the developer and builder of the homes. Davis is hoping to get approval quickly and would like to build the first home while also building infrastructure so he can enter that first home in the 2018 Parade of Homes.

Carei, who owns Senergy Builders in Grand Junction as well as the Blue Pig in Palisade, has also submitted a contract for a smaller parcel of land next to the high school, where he hopes to build eight solar-powered townhomes.

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