Arvada Harvest Festival 2013 Event Schedule

Event Title Description
The 9/11 Remembrance Run/Walk The 9/11 Remembrance Run/Walk will start in Olde Town Square (57th & Olde Wadsworth) at 8:00 a.m. on September 7. This year’s event offers 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathon timed courses for competitive runners, a 10- mile untimed training run course and a 5K walk. Proceeds will benefit Homefront Heroes, a local military/veteran support non-profit organization.

The Arvada Jaycees Beer and Margarita Garden

The Arvada Jaycees will celebrate heroes at their traditional Beer and Margarita Garden.  Located on Grandview between Upham and Teller, hours/days of operation are: Friday @ 5:00 - 11:30 p.m., Saturday @11:00 a.m. –11:30 p.m., Sunday @ 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Whether celebrating heroes or connecting with old friends, the Festival has historically been “the” place to see friends from long ago “Arvada Reunion Hours" Friday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Everyone will be carded; children are allowed if accompanied by parent/guardian. This is the major fundraiser of the year and funds raised go back into the community, specifically through Holiday and year-round programs.

The Spelling Bee The Arvada Press is proud to sponsor the Arvada Harvest Festival Spelling Bee on Saturday, September 7 for 4 – 6 grade students. Sponsor Sooper Credit Union will bestow the prizes. The Bee usually lasts from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. There will be a time to register before the event at 12:30 p.m. for anyone who did not have a chance to pre-register.
Movie in the Park For the second year Coors® Credit Union will present the popular Movie in the Park. This year’s film is 1984’s “Gremlins.” According to Karrey Van Sky, Community Relations Manager, Coors® Credit Union “it’s a film for all ages and is still family appropriate.” Van Sky promises popcorn balls and beach balls to increase the fun. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. on September 7 in McIlvoy Park.
35th Annual Food Fair All ages and chef skill levels are welcome to enter the Food Fair for free. Categories include: cakes, pies, yeast rolls and breads, quick breads, cookies, salsas, jams, preserves and jellies, canned fruits, canned veggies, canned miscellaneous, and pickles and relishes. All tantalizing treats must be entered by 1:00 p.m. on September 7 .  Judging will begin precisely at 1:30 p.m. Food-fabulous activities and judging will be in the St. Anne’s School Cafeteria, 7320 Grant Place. An awards ceremony with the presentation of Grand Champion ribbons and cash prizes will follow.  Entry forms are available online or a hardcopy form at Arvada City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road from August 16 - September 3. For more information contact Mary Walls 303-934-1884 or
26th Annual Kid’s Parade On September 7 , kids have their chance to “hero – up” by “Honoring America’s Heroes” during their own KID’S PARADE.  Located at the McIlvoy Park Pavilion at Ralston Road and Upham Street, registration is on the day of the event at 2:45 p.m. with the parade starting at 3:30 p.m. Entry is free and ages 12 and under are eligible to participate. Entrants should dress to the theme or decorate to the theme and have fun! Parade categories include American Hero, Decorated Pets, or Decorated Wheels (bikes, “trikes,” wagons or scooters). Awards and cash prizes will go to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners in each category. In addition, there will be prizes for the Crowd Pleaser and Best Overall participant. Everyone will receive Everyone will receive a participant ribbon, certificate and treat bag. Call Nancy Bentzen at 303-421-5305 or visit
Garden Harvest Contest 2013 Young’s Market and Garden Center is returning for their 9th year as the sponsor and judge of the Garden Harvest Contest.  Over a dozen categories are available at this year’s contest, including: largest zucchini, tomato, onion, bell pepper, cucumber; longest chili pepper, green bean; most unique vegetable; fattest carrot; widest sunflower, and best vegetable hero. 2013 Kids’ categories are Largest Zucchini, Best Vegetable Hero and Anything Arvada Vegetable. Entries should arrive at St Anne’s Cafeteria on September 7 from noon until judging begins at 2:00 p.m. No pre-registration and no entry fee! All participants receive a ribbon and a 2” potted plant.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st place entries, and great gifts will be presented to the 2nd and 3rd place entries. There nd and 3rd place entries. There will also be a Grand Prize winners!
Teddy Bear Picnic Children are invited to bring their “beary” best friend for a “fur-licious” good time at the Teddy Bear Picnic.  In its sixth year and sponsored by Personal Benefit Services Wealth Management, the Teddy Bear Picnic will be held September 8 , 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Children’s Room at the Arvada Library, 7555 W. 57th Avenue. This is a free event where bears and kids will enjoy silly songs and fun stories performed by well known artist, Beth Epley. Attendees should pack a picnic and a blanket. Contact Mary Jo at 303-421-2032.

2013 Harvest Festival – Free RC Model Air Show

Spectacular giant scale models, replica Warbirds, real turbine jets, radical helicopters, a “wicked witch” on a flying broom, and a variety of other unique radio-controlled models will be flown and exhibited on September 7 at the Arvada Air Park (7608 Highway 93, Golden – enter at Pioneer Sand and Gravel). The Air Show also features celebrity pilots, a full scale fly-in by Flight for Life® Colorado, RC flight simulators and an opportunity for spectators to try their hand at flying a real RC airplane. The Air Show is presented by Arvada Associated Modelers and will run from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is Arvada City Council Member, Bob Fifer. For more information visit the website at:

FREE Susan  M. Duncan
YMCA Kid Zone

The Kid Zone is full of FREE family fun activities, including bouncy castle jumpin’ mania, arts and craft stations, games and other interactive activities geared for kids. Everything starts at noon on Saturday and from 11:00- 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. On Saturday, join us at the south end of McIlvoy Park for the spectacular Home Depot Kids craft workshop, gymnastic demo, dance performances, interactive games, and much more.  For more information contact Roubhie Fairchild: 303-422-4977.
Bingo FUN!! A joint effort between the Arvada Historical Society and the Shrine of St. Anne’s will bring back a grand tradition to the Festival – Bingo Fun, Friday through Sunday! All the excitement and great prizes will be at the St. Anne’s lot on the corner of 57th and Upham.

NEW THIS YEAR: City to Provide FREE Secure Bike Parking

The City of Arvada will provide free, secure bike parking in our bike valet corral. This area has bike racks and is fenced and staffed for extra security.  It will be located near the midway.  Signage will be placed to direct cyclists to this area. Hours for the Bike Valet Parking Corral will be September 7 and 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
As if that’s not enough . . .

All these festive events in one weekend - plus a Petting zoo, Carnival, Trivia giveaways, Arvada Flour Mill Tours, Arvada Historical Society Ice Cream Social, Live Music, a Midway with over 100 booths in the heart of Olde Town Arvada, plus so much more! Keep checking the website for event updates,


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