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City Unable to Approve 2020 Harvest Festival Special Events Permit

In order to ensure the health and safety of the community and remain in compliance with State and County Orders related to COVID-19, the City of Arvada is unable to approve a special event permit for the 2020 Arvada Harvest Festival, parade and carnival. The decision is in consideration of the recent rise in coronavirus incidence rates, and the unpredictability of the health crisis and subsequent changing public health guidelines. The City has informed the Harvest Festival Committee of this decision, and is now focused on supporting a successful event in 2021.

The City acknowledges that the cancellation of this event will be disappointing, as the event evokes a great deal of community pride. The City of Arvada has been a proud partner of the Harvest Festival for many years, providing significant in-kind support each year, and providing public safety and traffic control support during the event.

The Arvada Harvest Festival, which commemorates the history of the once primarily farming community of Arvada, began in October 1925 to celebrate the completion of the first concrete road (Grandview Ave.) between Arvada and Denver. Over the decades, the festival has been operated primarily by the Arvada Jaycees and originally by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce with the support of the City of Arvada. Most recently, this cultural and historic celebration has been produced, organized, and hosted by the Arvada Jaycees, dedicated community volunteers and the Arvada Junior Chamber Foundation's 501 (c) 3 status with the support of the City of Arvada. Learn more about the festival at