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Cedaredge, Colo. Annual AppleFest

Carolyn White Olathe, Colo.

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Scenic Cedaredge, Colo., held its annual AppleFest once again over the first weekend of October.

Four days of special events began on Thursday, Sept. 29, with a chili cook-off to benefit the Volunteer Fire Department, followed by Friday’s Golden Gala, a black-tie (although blue jeans were fine) event consisting of music, dancing, dinner and socializing. On Saturday and Sunday, the park came alive with over 150 vendors who offered jewelry and artwork, tie-dyed tee shirts, face-painting, antique signs, massages, wood work, caricature drawings and much, much more. And for any woman who loves to bake, it was hard to resist admiring the beautiful, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind aprons that were on display. Many of them had been made by a talented seamstress named Vicky Tidwell (along with her daughter and granddaughters) who reminded me, “You HAVE to have an apron when you’re cooking in the kitchen.”

The weather was perfect; the live music was wonderful; the streets were crowded and colorful; and the food selection was nothing short of mouth-watering … and that’s without counting the endless supplies of baked, fried, candied, dried or caramel-covered Honey Crisp, Fuji and Golden Delicious apples. “Did you eat your apples today?” shouted one of the musicians to the large crowd that surrounded the band stand, sitting at picnic tables. (The response was an enthusiastic “YES!”) He didn’t have time to mention all the other choices, which included Polish sausages, turkey legs, grilled sweet corn, curly fries, Philly cheese steaks, fry bread, Gyros, funnel cakes and Kettle corn. There was even a beer and wine garden to kick back in!

Besides the food, my husband was especially interested in the classic car and antique tractor shows. I opted to stroll through Pioneer Town, a wonderfully authentic, outdoor museum that has the look and feel of a 100-year-old Western neighborhood.

In fact, Cedaredge – which is located at the base of the Grand Mesa along National Scenic Byway 65 – has plenty to enjoy year around. There’s a golf course, a well-kept campground, several wineries, and an assortment of lodges, resorts, motels and great restaurants along the route, along with a wide variety of gift shops. Along Main Street, for example, you’ll find the Cedaredge Floral and Gift Shop which sells Coldwater Coffees and Teas, houseplants and flowers, calendars, cards, unique toys, picture frames, hand-crafted jewelry and antique furniture. (It also has the only old-fashioned soda fountain around, which is well worth the drive.) Munson’s Main Street Gallery, located directly across the road, showcases the work of 11 different artists and has sculptures, pottery, paintings, clothing, purses and ironwork. The Coffee Barn, to the right of the town’s only traffic light, has used books in addition to bakery items, and at Parham Place you’ll be able to get a 100 percent home-baked specialty hamburger. To complete your visit to Cedaredge, stop in the Apple Shed or Ribbons and Roses, both of which are mini-malls of shopping options.

To get to Cedaredge, take 50 South from Grand Junction towards Delta, then turn onto 92 East for four miles to 65 North.

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For more information, please contact the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce at 245 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 278, Cedaredge, Colo., 81413; e-mail CedaredgeChamber@CedaredgeChamber.com or (970) 856-6961; fax (970) 856-7292.

Scenic Cedaredge, Colo., held its annual AppleFest once again over the first weekend of October.

Four days of special events began on Thursday, Sept. 29, with a chili cook-off to benefit the Volunteer Fire Department, followed by Friday’s Golden Gala, a black-tie (although blue jeans were fine) event consisting of music, dancing, dinner and socializing. On Saturday and Sunday, the park came alive with over 150 vendors who offered jewelry and artwork, tie-dyed tee shirts, face-painting, antique signs, massages, wood work, caricature drawings and much, much more. And for any woman who loves to bake, it was hard to resist admiring the beautiful, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind aprons that were on display. Many of them had been made by a talented seamstress named Vicky Tidwell (along with her daughter and granddaughters) who reminded me, “You HAVE to have an apron when you’re cooking in the kitchen.”

The weather was perfect; the live music was wonderful; the streets were crowded and colorful; and the food selection was nothing short of mouth-watering … and that’s without counting the endless supplies of baked, fried, candied, dried or caramel-covered Honey Crisp, Fuji and Golden Delicious apples. “Did you eat your apples today?” shouted one of the musicians to the large crowd that surrounded the band stand, sitting at picnic tables. (The response was an enthusiastic “YES!”) He didn’t have time to mention all the other choices, which included Polish sausages, turkey legs, grilled sweet corn, curly fries, Philly cheese steaks, fry bread, Gyros, funnel cakes and Kettle corn. There was even a beer and wine garden to kick back in!

Besides the food, my husband was especially interested in the classic car and antique tractor shows. I opted to stroll through Pioneer Town, a wonderfully authentic, outdoor museum that has the look and feel of a 100-year-old Western neighborhood.

In fact, Cedaredge – which is located at the base of the Grand Mesa along National Scenic Byway 65 – has plenty to enjoy year around. There’s a golf course, a well-kept campground, several wineries, and an assortment of lodges, resorts, motels and great restaurants along the route, along with a wide variety of gift shops. Along Main Street, for example, you’ll find the Cedaredge Floral and Gift Shop which sells Coldwater Coffees and Teas, houseplants and flowers, calendars, cards, unique toys, picture frames, hand-crafted jewelry and antique furniture. (It also has the only old-fashioned soda fountain around, which is well worth the drive.) Munson’s Main Street Gallery, located directly across the road, showcases the work of 11 different artists and has sculptures, pottery, paintings, clothing, purses and ironwork. The Coffee Barn, to the right of the town’s only traffic light, has used books in addition to bakery items, and at Parham Place you’ll be able to get a 100 percent home-baked specialty hamburger. To complete your visit to Cedaredge, stop in the Apple Shed or Ribbons and Roses, both of which are mini-malls of shopping options.

To get to Cedaredge, take 50 South from Grand Junction towards Delta, then turn onto 92 East for four miles to 65 North.

For more information, please contact the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce at 245 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 278, Cedaredge, Colo., 81413; e-mail CedaredgeChamber@CedaredgeChamber.com or (970) 856-6961; fax (970) 856-7292.