This brand new festival is happening in one of my favorite places in the state, Delta County, Colorado. This bountiful area boasts farms, wineries, orchards, ranches and more. And Farm to Fiddle Festival is a celebration of everything this region has to offer.
The festival takes place in Hotchkiss, Colorado, a town that claims to be the friendliest town around and I’ve had no experiences to the contrary. Hotchkiss really is a friendly place to visit and Farm to Fiddle is a great excuse to do so.
The festival is being held in downtown Hotchkiss during the last two days of the Delta County Fair & Rodeo, also held in Hotchkiss, and the two events are within walking distance of one another.
Farm to Fiddle will feature three parts; an arts and crafts corner, a farm block and an outdoor expo. Festival goers will be able to buy everything from art for their home to farm fresh fruits and vegetables. At the Outdoor Expo, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will conduct a Safe Shoot starting Saturday at noon.
In addition there will be plenty of music throughout the event.. Performers include Miguel Dakota & the Differents, Charlie Ware the cowboy poet, Mike Gwinn & North Fork Flyers, Linda McVehil, among others.
The festival show stealer, however, may be local celebrity, 15-year-old Jeneve Rose Mitchell. Mitchell is from Crawford, which is just up the road from Hotchkiss, and was a contestant on American Idol. She’s been singing and playing fiddle since she was as toddler, and now she plays an array of stringed instruments.
Other events at Farm to Fiddle include a Saturday night dance at the Elk’s BPOE 1807, and a motorcycle poker run sponsored by Pat’s Bar & Grill. Don’t miss the wine and cheese tasting hosted by ShadeScapes from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
This festival is a wonderful opportunity for folks to get acquainted with the Delta County area of Colorado. It would be a fantastic time to pick up some fruit and with u-pick farms around every bend, visitors can go home with a trunk full of farm fresh produce. Wine lovers will want to visit the many wineries in the area. Those who want a hands on farm experience can tour farms like The Living Farm.
For area lodging information click here, but I can say from experience that Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards is a fantastic bed and breakfast in Hotchkiss.
Farm to Fiddle Festival
August 12-13, 2016
Friday, 9 to 6 & Saturday, 10 to 6
Farm to Fiddle is presented by Outdoors Alive, Inc., an organization founded to promote safe enjoyment of recreation through educational programs and humanitarian services to all with an emphasis on youth, disabled, handicapped, underprivileged persons, and military personnel.
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