The Harvest Festival Committee has informed the City of Arvada that the 2021 Harvest Festival Parade, previously scheduled for Sept. 11, will not occur this year. The Committee and the City are now focused on supporting a successful 2022 event.
The City approved the special events permit for the Harvest Festival Parade, but not the midway and carnival due to a lack of suitable locations for these components of the festival. The Harvest Festival Committee subsequently determined that without these components, the parade was not feasible in 2021. In 2020, the City was not able to approve the special events permit due to health and safety concerns related to the global pandemic.
The City acknowledges that the cancellation of this event will be disappointing for many as the event evokes a great deal of community pride. The City has been a proud partner of the Harvest Festival for many years, providing significant in-kind support each year, including public safety and traffic control support during the event.
“This is an important and historic event for our community,” said Community and Economic Development Director Ryan Stachelski. “Although current conditions in the Olde Town area make it challenging to hold the event in its traditional format, we are eager to work with the Harvest Festival Committee to find alternatives to support a safe and enjoyable festival in 2022.”
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 continued support of the City of Arvada. Learn more about the festival at www.arvadaharvestfestivalparade.com.
- by City Manager