Small Town, Big Festival!
Colorado's western slope is like a craft cocktail; one part tradition, one-or-two parts something funky, and very, very intoxicating. In one respect, it's the type of place you can softly strum Marty Robbins songs while gazing upon distant mesas, and in another, you can find some of the funkiest art galleries, stumble across fossils, taste fine wine, or gorge yourself at hip little eateries. The town of Fruita is one of the places where you can find many of the aforementioned and then some – including the 'grandaddy of festivals on the western slope' – Alpine Bank's Fruita Fall Festival.
What started in 1910, has now grown into a major attraction. From September 21 to 23, the town of 12,924 expects to host over 50,000 for an itinerary filled with carnival rides, a bed race, a baking and canning contest, a parade, a youth pet and talent show, arts and crafts, 150 vendors, a Broncos watch party, a cornhole tournament, an outhouse race, and two stages of music that'll feature a wide range of bands, from country to bluegrass.
For example, Friday night's main stage will feature the Colorado-born Kory Brunson Band whose blend of hard rock and country or 'Hard Country' style has earned them two top 100 singles.
At 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Ethan Archer will be wooing listeners with songs that cut deep. Described as having a more traditional country sound, Ethan Archer's voice errs on the side of baritone and employs just enough of the country inflection to sound authentic. It's sincere, it's not overdone, and he's my favorite of the bunch. Go see him before he makes it big.
Following at 8:30 p.m. is festival headliner Julie Roberts, the highly acclaimed country music superstar whose biggest hit "Break Down Here" still finds itself on the playlist of country music lovers everywhere. She has been nominated for too many awards to list, and she'll be taking the party into the evening.
Sound like a good time? The event is free to attend, however, VIP tickets can be purchased here.
Learn more about the Alpine Bank 2018 Fruit Fall Festival at fruitafallfestival.com