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Mead Sugarbeet Festival, September 24

Marge Mercurio
Mead, Colo.

Marge Mercurio

By now, we all know that the Mead Sugarbeet Festival celebrates the history of sugarbeets. Did you also happen to know that we dress them up and make them pretty? It’s true!

For the last few years the Mead Sugarbeet Festival has had a ‘Build-a-Beet’ booth which is loved by young and old alike. How can you pass up the opportunity to decorate a sugarbeet with eyes, glitter, feathers, beads and other odd bits and pieces? This magical booth is filled with laughter as budding artists share words of praise to each other. The decked-out sugarbeet is paraded around to moms and dads and friends and strangers or they are perched on bales of straw that border the festival.

Outside the booth this year will be a wider range of activities than in the past. The traditional activities such as the sanctioned pedal tractor, straw bale toss, skillet throw, face painting, antique trucks and tractors and harvest wagon tours will be there yet again. New attractions such as a climbing wall, bungee jumping and a bubble machine will add new energy and more laughter to this family friendly event.

Not to be outdone, the live auction will include a high quality hand-stitched quilt, a wide variety of toys, and best of all a live pig to auction off. Bring your sense of humor and lots of dollar bills and plan to attend this one of a kind auction!

Again 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.

Come and celebrate from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and be part of Colorado’s past, present and future. Admission is free for children up to age five, $1 for ages five to 10, $5 for ages 10-64 and $1 for those 65 and older.

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The Mead Sugar Beet Festival is located 2 miles east of Interstate 25 (Exit 243) at Weld County roads 13 and 32.

The Mead Sugarbeet Festival is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mead, Mead Community Foundation and Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply. For more information, please visit the Rotary Club of Mead’s website at MeadRotary.org/SugarbeetFestival-2011.