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Fruita Fall Fest returns for 98th year to Colorado's Grand Valley

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - When the Fruita Fall Festival first kicked off almost 100 years ago, it was primarily a rodeo roundup."Many years ago, it was a cow-punchers reunion where cowboys competed in bull riding and roping," interim director of the Fruita Chamber of Commerce Shauna Davies said. In keeping with its historical traditions, the present-day Fruita Fall Fest - which runs this weekend, Sept. 28-30 - still includes a Saturday rodeo event (starting at 7 p.m.) as well as a street dance, a youth pet and talent show, as well as a baking and canning contest. New events this year include a 5K running race Sunday to benefit the Fruita Middle School and a car show to be held in front of Fruita's chamber building (also Sunday). Two different stages will feature a variety of music, too - 14-year-old local Morgan Crouse, the Spare Parts Barbershop Quartet, Stray Grass and much more. The Scooter Brown Band will play the Saturday night street dance."It just wouldn't be Fruita without our festival," Davies said. The Fruita Fall Fest's admission is free, Davies added, and it's an important community event to be enjoyed by all.Just remember, please leave your pets, bikes and skateboards at home.For more event information and a schedule, visit

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