2014 Arvada Harvest Festival

2014 Arvada Harvest Festival

The Arvada Harvest Festival and Parade are presented by the Arvada Jaycees. Event details and contact information can be found by visiting their website at arvadaharvestfestivalparade.com.


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 a.m. on September 6. This year’s event offers 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathon courses and a family-friendly 5K walk. Proceeds will benefit Homefront Heroes, a local military/veteran support non-profit organization.

The Arvada Jaycees Beer and Margarita Garden

Libations and tunes from Jim Hyatt Band are available in the Garden on Friday from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday from 7 - 11 p.m.

The Spelling Bee and Star-Spangled Essay Contest The Arvada Press is proud to sponsor the Arvada Harvest Festival Spelling Bee on Saturday, September 6, at the McIlvoy Pavilion, for 4 – 6 grade students. The Bee usually lasts from 1 to 3 p.m. The essay contest will challenge students in grades 6 - 8 and 9 - 12. Essay contest winners will be honored at the Opening Night VIP Reception on Friday night in McIlvoy Park.
Movie in the Park The movie "UP" sponsored by Phipps Team begins at dusk on September 6 in McIlvoy Park.
Food Fair Chad Zehner from AMI Solar Solutions - major sponsor of the Harvest Festival– will chair this year’s Food Fair. Focusing on America’s culinary history, categories will challenge entrants to create the tastiest true American fare, including Arvada’s signature crop - celery. All categories are listed on the festival website under the Food Fair tab.
27th Annual Kid’s Parade Registration opens on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. Entry is free and everyone ages 12 and under is eligible to participate. The Parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a focus on the theme “Celebrating the Pioneer West.” Categories include Characters of the Old West, Decorated Pets or Decorated Wheels (Bikes, Trikes, Wagons or Scooters). Awards and cash prizes will go to the first, second and third place winners in each category. In addition, there will be prizes for Crowd Pleaser and Best Overall Participant. Everyone will receive a ribbon, certificate and treat bag. Sponsors are  Northwest Metro Business and Professional Women, Doris Stipech State Farm Insurance and Canty’s Financial Strategies. For more information contact Nancy Bentzen at 303-421-5305 or visit
Garden Harvest Contest 2014 Young’s Market and Garden Center is returning for their 10th 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 pioneer-themed vegetable. Entries should arrive at St Anne’s Cafeteria on September 6 from noon until judging begins at 2 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 winners. There will also be a Grand Prize winners!
Teddy Bear Picnic The Picnic begins Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Children’s Room at the Arvada Library. Bears and their kids are cordially invited to this free event. Well known artist Beth Epley will entertain with stories and songs. Kids and bears should pack a picnic and blanket. This popular event is sponsored by Personal Benefit Services Wealth Management.

RC Model Air Show

Remarkable radio controlled models like replica Warbirds, real turbine jets, radical helicopters and giant scale models will take to the skies on September 6 from 12 - 3 p.m. at the Arvada Associated Modelers (AMA)  Airpark, 7608 Highway 93. The Air Show, presented by Arvada Associated Modelers, will feature celebrity pilots, full scale fly-in by Flight for Life ® Colorado and RC flight simulators. Spectators will be offered the opportunity to fly a real RC airplane. For more information visit

FREE Susan  M. Duncan
YMCA Kid Zone

“Nip” some sugar, learn the origins of “going off half cocked” and hold a Colonial musket in the “Star Spangled Scholars Living History Camp.” Pioneer historians and members of the Association of Living History will camp in McIlvoy Park. Kids can also go “back to the future” with arts and crafts stations and jumpin’ fun in the bouncy castle. Saturday activities begin at noon, including the Home Depot Kids craft workshop, gymnastics and dance demos and interactive games. Sunday activities are from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The camp will be open throughout the Festival. For more information contact Roubhie Fairchild, 303-422-4977.
Bingo A joint effort between the Arvada Historical Society and the Shrine of St. Anne’s. Bingo Fun will occur Friday through Sunday at the St. Anne’s lot on the corner of 57th and Upham.

Arvada Harvest Festival Parade

Bands, dancers, horses and riders, Shriners and historians - they’ll all be there for the Parade which steps off at 9 a.m. on Saturday. All are encouraged to represent the theme of “Celebrating the Pioneers of the American West.”
As if that’s not enough . . .

All these festive events in one weekend - plus a Petting zoo, Carnival, 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, www.arvadaharvestfestivalparade.com .



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