Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival helps along a Father’s Day birth |

Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival helps along a Father’s Day birth

Brittany Markert
Steve Grisier is all smiles holding his baby girl, Margo Elizabeth Grisier. She was born on Father's Day, Sunday, June 15.
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A couple danced their baby out on Father’s Day, June 15, during the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival at Riverbend Park.

Grand Junction native Steve Grisier, and his fiancee, Rene Nimbach-Noriega, a Grand Junction resident of nine years, welcomed Margo Elizabeth Grisier to the world Sunday thanks to music and movement performed at Palisade’s signature June event.

“I’m so honored to give him this Father’s Day present,” Noriega said.

The couple typically ventures up to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival — which falls this weekend, June 19-22 — but a June 16 due date meant the expecting couple needed to stay closer to home.

“It was an amazing weekend filled with something that Rene and I have grown to love together — bluegrass, and even more important our family,” Grisier said.

According to the couple, constant walking around Riverbend Park during Palisade Bluegrass and Roots (meant to induce labor) allowed them to see many old friends and make new ones. The Wood Brothers, one of the couple’s favorite bands, played “Luckiest Man” as active labor began.

The couple headed to St. Mary’s Hospital at 7 p.m. Sunday and welcomed Margo at 8:55 p.m.

“It was truly the best Father’s Day present a man could ask for,” Grisier said. “An entire weekend that will not be forgotten. Palisade Bluegrass Festival is booked in our calendar forever.”

Steve and Rene plan to marry Sept. 20. This is Steve’s first-born child. Rene already has four children, one of which was born on Mother’s Day, named Jaiden, 15, Nina, 13, Nicco, 11, and Giana, 6.

“Bottom line is, I am madly in love with these girls and my family,” Grisier said.

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