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2014 September
Pg 8 - The Sunshine Express
Western Colorado Bonsai Society Exhibit & Re-
ception, 1803 North 7th Street, Grand Junction,
Exhibit runs from Sept 5-13. Opening reception
from 7-9p on Sept 5th.
Bonsai is a fascinating horticultural art form,
deeply rooted in history over centuries from its
early incarnation as penjing in china to what is
seen now as the formal Japanese bonsai.
The trees come in many forms and colors from
the tiny pink leaves of a delicate maple to the
rugged gray bark of an old collected pine. The
pots act not only as a container but also as an
aesthetic extension of the tree, and stands are
often chosen to enhance the view of the compo-
sition as a whole.
Bonsai require great care; it is a huge respon-
sibility to care for these sometimes very old
trees. They become a part of and have a history
with their caretaker and some are said, in folk
tales, to possess a spirit. As much work as it
can be, the reward of experiencing the ever-
changing landscape which is a bonsai pays back
The Western Colorado Bonsai Society meets ev-
ery month with exciting demonstrations, styling
classes, visiting experts, and great company. If
interested or for any questions please call Joyce
Wingerter at: 970.208.3501.
Fruita Fall Festival is a 3-day event with over 150
vendors selling their arts, crafts and foods to a
crowd of 50,000-plus. The weekend is filled with
events including a Youth Talent Show, Parade,
Outhouse Race, 5k Stampede, Frisbee Golf Tour-
nament, Cowpuncher¡¯s Dirt Dance, pageant and
more! Planned by the Fruita Area Chamber of
Commerce as its major fundraiser, the fest is a
free community event.
The 100th Alpine Bank Fruita Fall Festival is once
again pleased to present a free weekend of live
music on two stages. The Circle Park Stage will
feature regional and national bluegrass bands
and the Civic Center Pavilion Stage will feature
an eclectic mix of musical styles. 970.858.3894,
Food & Garden
Bonsai Anyone?
Call Vail Central Reservations for great room rates
in Vail Village! 1.800.805.2457
-Steamboat OktoberWest, Sept 19-20, 5p, Vari-
ous locations, Steamboat Springs, A Steamboat-
style Oktoberfest with music, food, beer, activi-
ties, chef competition and more.
-9th Annual Montrose Oktoberfest, Sept 27, Beer
from the greatest breweries & brewpubs on the
Western Slope. Delicious food & music from our
friends. 1-6p, Centenial Plaza, 422 S 1st St, Mon-
trose, 970.209.5513
September Oktoberfests
Here are some fun events featuring some
great BBQ:
-Maverick Hoedown, Sept 5, 1455 N 12th
Street, Gr Jct, Colorado Mesa University
hosts a fun and colorful Maverick Hoedown,
held in the University Center ballroom from
6-11p, $75/person includes a fantastic
BBQ buffet, wine, beer and live country
and western music, 970.248.1758
-Bud Light Pork n Hops Challenge Present-
ed by US Bank heats up September 12-13
at Lincoln Park, 1340 Gunnison Ave, Grand
Junction. Get ready for a smoking great
time. Buy barbeque from award-winning
cooking teams! 970.254.3844
-BBQ & Barn Dance, Sept 13, 5:30-9p,
Wandering Creek Ranch, 33850 CR 14,
Steamboat, The Rotary Club invites you to
bring the family for a night of fun, enter-
tainment, and delicious BBQ!
-Norwood, Sept 27, 10:30a-6p, 78th Pio-
neer Day Celebration, Coronation 10:30a,
Grand Ave, Parade at 11a, Parade signup/
lineup 9a, Norwood Community Center.
Chuckwagon dinner 12noon, School All
Purpose Room; Street Games for all ages
@Norwood Football Field, 2p; Log Cabin
Historical Museum, 1120 Lucerne, open
Sat 2-5p; Fiber Arts Show at the Livery,
10a-4p, Sat & Sun; Johnny Kongo at The
Hitchin¡¯ Post Sat night. For more info call
970.327.4331 or 970.327.4288
Here are some fun Oktoberfests happening in
-Vail Oktoberfest in Lionshead, Sept 5-7, Munich
comes to the streets of Vail in September for the
world¡¯s greatest celebration of beer, music and
autumn: Oktoberfest! Dust off the lederhosen,
throw on the dirndls and toast your steins to the
world¡¯s most popular party. Oktoberfest¡¯s dual
celebration weekends will happen in Lionshead
Sept 5-7 and Vail Village Sept 12-14.
Emulating the more than 200-year-old celebra-
tion known by millions around the world, Vail¡¯s
Oktoberfest will delight guests for two whole
weekends with Bavarian music and dancing,
traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing,
Bavarian beverages and much more. Oktoberfest
2014 will see the return of many crowd favorites
like bratwurst eating contests, Keg Bowling and
the Oktoberfest Fun Run.
See Vail¡¯s own Helmut Fricker playing traditional
(and not so traditional) tunes on the accordion
and alpenhorn in full traditional German attire! A
crowd favorite for years and not to be missed.
100 Years Old
Fruita Fall Festival, Sept 26-28, 325 E Aspen
Ave, Fruita, See festival website for hours and
event listing. This is the Big One! The Fruita Fall
Festival began a century ago as a celebration of
the harvest for the farming community. Come
Home to Fruita, 100 Years of Festival Tradition.
Paonia Harvest Celebration
-Mountain Harvest Festival: Harvest the Beat,
Sept 25, 4-5p, the opening participatory parade
from Poulos Park on Grand Avenue to Paonia
Town Park.
-Mountain Harvest Festival: Harvest of Voices,
Sept 25, 7:30-9p, This kickoff event of the
Mountain Harvest Festival is a joint effort by the
Blue Sage Center for the Arts and Delta County
Libraries, showcasing both rising stars and
award-winning writers.
-Mountain Harvest Festival, Town Park, Paonia,
Sept 26-28, 9a-10p, Enjoy arts & crafts, music,
kids¡¯ area, vendors, food & wine, The festival
features locally grown & produced agricultural
products, including local beer & wine, offers the
opportunity to meet local farmers, artists, musi-
cians, craftsmen & performers. 970.433.3580,
For more info visit: www.mountainharvestfesti-
-Summer Plenty Farm-to-Table Dinner, Sept 10,
6-9p, Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, Join us for
the summer Ouray Chamber Resort Association
Fundraiser - a Summer Plenty Dinner to celebrate
local food and spirits! Enjoy a delicious local farm-
to-table dinner under the summer skies at the
Bachelor Syracuse Mine. Food and beverage pro-
vided by Circle A Garden, Happy Hogs Farm, Gar-
rett Estate Cellars, JB Wood Distillers, Ela Family
Farms, and more to be announced soon. RSVP
required. Tickets $75 per person (includes all food
and beverages). Contact: Katharina Papenbrock,, 970.235.4746
-Right In Your Backyard... A Celebration of Food,
Sept 14, 4-8p, Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, This
is a Fundraising Event for the Food Pantry and
will include Appetizers , Desserts and Drinks, Live
Music, Kids Activities, and a Silent Auction with
lots of locally grown and produced food and food
related items to bid on. Cost is a suggested dona-
tion of $10 per person or $25 per family. Contact:
Linda Hoeksema,,
Food & Fun In Ouray/Ridgway
Come Get Some BBQ