The Arvada Harvest Festival is a city of Arvada tradition, and is celebrating it’s 85th birthday on September 11, 2010. The three day celebration is a family fun event in Arvada, Colorado, and thousands of visitors flock to Olde Town Arvada every year to watch the parade, buy some hand crafted goods and taste test the annual cooking contest. The theme for the 2010 Arvada Harvest Festival is “patriotism,” and the event will take place September 10, 11 and 12.
Nearly a dozen separate events are scheduled for this year’s festivities, including a performance by the Air Force brass band, tours of the Arvada Flour Mill, a three day Bingo tournament and of course, the annual Harvest Festival Parade.
The kickoff for the festival will actually take place on August 27, 2010 with the Harvest Open, a golf tournament hosted at the Westwoods Golf Course. The tournament will take place from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and teams of four will compete for prizes and giveaways.
The Festival officially opens of September 10, with an all day Bingo tournament at St. Anne’s School and a performance by the Air Force brass band at McIlvoy Pavillion from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 50% of the sales from the bingo tournament will be given out in prizes, and the other 50% will be donated to restoring the Arvada Flour Mill, a historical landmark in Olde Town Arvada.
The annual parade will begin at 9:00 am on September 11, and the patriotic theme will be in full swing. The parade begins at 57th and Olde Wadsworth and will than make it’s way up Ralston Road. Floats, bands and community leaders will partake in the parade.
Tours of the Arvada Flour Mill will also be held on September 11 from noon until 3:00 pm. The bingo tournament at St. Anne’s also continues on the 11th, with prizes. St. Anne’s will also be hosting the Garden Harvest contest on the 11 at noon, with prizes for homegrown fruits and vegetables from Arvada residents. Categories this year include “Most Patriotic Vegetable,” “Widest Diameter Sunflower” and “Ugliest Gardening Shoes,” among others. At 12:30 pm, St. Anne’s will be hosting the annual food fair. This year’s categories are jams, canned fruits, pickles and relishes and salsas. Whip up your favorite recipe and enter it in the contest for the chance to win a place in Harvest Festival History.
McIIvoy Park will be hosting a kid’s fun zone on the 11 and 12, with games, bouncy castles and a kid’s parade at 3:30 pm on September 11.
The Arvada Harvest Festival offers something for everyone, and is a great way to celebrate the city’s history and community spirit. For more information, visit the website for the City of Arvada.