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Mead Sugar Beet Festival, September 26

Marge Mercurio
Mead, Colo.

Marge Mercurio

The fourth annual Mead Sugar Beet Festival celebrates sugar beet farming with the whole community.

The Rotary Club of Mead and the Mead Community Foundation sponsors the event and volunteers come from everywhere to make it a memorial day. Boy Scouts, Mead High School and Skyline High School students, St. Vrain Young Farmers, Future Farmers of America (FFA), Mountain View Fire Department, local farmers, family and friends all give of themselves.

The Mead Sugar Beet Festival is bigger each year because family fun is the focus. Free activities for children include face painting, a petting zoo, a sanctioned pedal tractor pull contest, train rides, Sparky the fire dog, and much more.

Free activities for the grown-ups include straw bale throw, skillet toss, farm toy auction, and live music all day long. The Stanleytones, Slick Allen Trio, Jeffco Brass Band and Good Water Band will bring a variety of music to the festival all day long, so bring your dancing shoes and get ready to twirl!

Along with antique trucks and tractors, Butch Sekich will have his 1950 International Sugar Beet Harvester on display. Last year the long forgotten harvester was found tucked away in a garage. Since then the harvester has paired up with a tractor and bucket to make the old tractor new again.

Candy Hamilton, author of “Footprints in the Sugar,” a history of the Great Western Sugar Company will be at the festival signing books and sharing information about her research of the sugar beet industry.

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This year the Mead Sugar Beet Festival will be a ‘Zero Waste’ event. This means that all materials sold and distributed are reusable, recyclable or compostable. Zero Waste Stations will be on-site to accept the compostable and recyclable materials. A Zero Waste event is accomplished through careful planning and collaboration by staff and vendors ahead of the event date.

Come and celebrate from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 and be part of Colorado’s past, present and future. Admission is free for children up to five, $1 for five to 10, $5 for 10-64 and $1 for 64 plus. The Mead Sugar Beet Festival is located 2 miles east of Interstate 25 (Exit 243) at Weld County roads 13 and 32.

For more information on the festival, please visit the Rotary Club of Mead’s Web site at MeadRotary.org/sugar_beet_festival.html.

The fourth annual Mead Sugar Beet Festival celebrates sugar beet farming with the whole community.

The Rotary Club of Mead and the Mead Community Foundation sponsors the event and volunteers come from everywhere to make it a memorial day. Boy Scouts, Mead High School and Skyline High School students, St. Vrain Young Farmers, Future Farmers of America (FFA), Mountain View Fire Department, local farmers, family and friends all give of themselves.

The Mead Sugar Beet Festival is bigger each year because family fun is the focus. Free activities for children include face painting, a petting zoo, a sanctioned pedal tractor pull contest, train rides, Sparky the fire dog, and much more.

Free activities for the grown-ups include straw bale throw, skillet toss, farm toy auction, and live music all day long. The Stanleytones, Slick Allen Trio, Jeffco Brass Band and Good Water Band will bring a variety of music to the festival all day long, so bring your dancing shoes and get ready to twirl!

Along with antique trucks and tractors, Butch Sekich will have his 1950 International Sugar Beet Harvester on display. Last year the long forgotten harvester was found tucked away in a garage. Since then the harvester has paired up with a tractor and bucket to make the old tractor new again.

Candy Hamilton, author of “Footprints in the Sugar,” a history of the Great Western Sugar Company will be at the festival signing books and sharing information about her research of the sugar beet industry.

This year the Mead Sugar Beet Festival will be a ‘Zero Waste’ event. This means that all materials sold and distributed are reusable, recyclable or compostable. Zero Waste Stations will be on-site to accept the compostable and recyclable materials. A Zero Waste event is accomplished through careful planning and collaboration by staff and vendors ahead of the event date.

Come and celebrate from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 and be part of Colorado’s past, present and future. Admission is free for children up to five, $1 for five to 10, $5 for 10-64 and $1 for 64 plus. The Mead Sugar Beet Festival is located 2 miles east of Interstate 25 (Exit 243) at Weld County roads 13 and 32.

For more information on the festival, please visit the Rotary Club of Mead’s Web site at MeadRotary.org/sugar_beet_festival.html.

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