FREETIME: Fruita Fall Festival celebrates 99 years Sept. 27-29! | PostIndependent.com

FREETIME: Fruita Fall Festival celebrates 99 years Sept. 27-29!

Caitlin Row
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Fruita Fall Festival's annual bed race is set for Saturday at 9 a.m.
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Events Schedule for Fruita Fall Festival

Friday, Sept. 27

3-10 p.m. — Festival, carnival, vendor booths open

4-10 p.m. — Fruita Rotary Club Beer Garden in Circle Park

7-10 p.m. — Street Dance at Circle Park

7-8 p.m. — Coloramo Comedy Night at Pavilion Stage

Saturday, Sept. 28

9-9:45 a.m. — Bed Race

10-10:45 a.m. — Parade

10 a.m. — Dog Races

Noon — Gymkhana

Noon to 10 p.m. — Festival, carnival, vendor booths open

Noon to 10 p.m. — Pavilion Stage Music at Civic Center Park

Noon to 10 p.m. — Circle Park Stage Music

4-10 p.m. — Fruita Rotary Club Beer Gardens

1-7:30 p.m. — Baking & Canning Contest

7 p.m. —Street Dance at Circle Park

Sunday, Sept. 29

9 a.m. – Fruita Fall Festival 5K Stampede

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Car Show

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Festival, carnival, vendor booths open

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Pavilion Stage Music at Civic Center Park

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Circle Park Stage Music

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Vendor booths open

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Fruita Rotary Club Beer Garden - Circle Park Only

1-4 p.m. — Youth Pet & Talent Show

SOURCE: Fruita Fall Fest website

With Grand Marshal Donnie Wynkoop at the helm of the 99th annual Fruita Fall Festival this weekend, folks should expect every kind of family fun at this popular harvest celebration. ­It kicks off downtown Friday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m., and it will last through Sunday, Sept. 29.

“There’s so much to do,” Fruita Chamber spokeswoman Robbie Urquhart said. “You could be busy all weekend and not be able to get it all in.”

According to a Chamber news release, the three-day event with host more than 150 vendors “selling their arts, crafts and foods to a crowd of 50,000-plus.” Other activities include “a youth pet and talent show, a parade, the famous bed race, and a baking and canning contest. And for the second year, a 5K race benefiting the Fruita Middle School and the Chamber. Planned by the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce as its major fundraiser, the fest is a free community event.”

On Friday, the party kicks off with a street dance at 7 p.m. with Ram Band at Circle Park.

“And don’t forget the Friday night ranch rodeo at Rim Rock,” Urquhart said.

Then, on Saturday the ever-popular bed race happens at 9 a.m. (the theme is Duck Dynasty), with the parade at 10 a.m. Judging for the baking and canning contest will also start at 10, with FFA kids selling samples of entries as a fundraiser. There will be another street dance downtown at 7 p.m., too.

New this year is a Saturday gymkhana at 968 19 Road — “It’s an equestrian event, like pole bending and barrel racing,” Urquhart said.

Plus, a dog race will be held at the same location before the gymkhana at noon.

And on Sunday, the 5K race kicks off the final day of Fall Fest at 9 a.m. A car show is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s a youth and pet talent show planned from 1-4 p.m. Sunday as well.

Urquhart noted the carnival will last all weekend.

Two separate stages will feature a variety of bands all three days.

Pets, bikes and skateboards aren’t allowed at Fruita Fall Fest this year.

“We close the whole downtown for this,” Urquhart said.

For a complete list of all events and times, visit http://www.fruitafallfestival.com.


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