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90 years - look how far we've traveled!

The 90th annual Arvada Harvest Festival and Parade - September 11-13, 2015 - will celebrate the progress of transportation that has impacted Arvada over the years. From the wagon train stop where "Lay bye. Gold Found" by Lewis Ralston, to horse and wagon trips to Denver City for mail and supplies pickup, to the Colorado Central Railroad coursing through Arvada from Denver to Golden - transportation advances made it possible for Arvada to become a new Colorado town.  Benjamin Franklin Wadsworth platted and named Arvada (actually named after his wife's brother in law, Hiram Arvada Hoskins).  Wadsworth worked to attract shopkeepers to streets Railroad (now Grandview) and Centre (now Wadsworth Blvd.)  E.E. Benjamin's Arvada Flour Mill was established in 1925.  But that wasn't the only distinction of 1925.  Rail transportation was vital to Arvada; in 1902 the Denver Urban, called the "trolley", began regular runs from Arvada to Denver.  Hmmmm - could the Gold Line be far behind?!?!   Early Arvadans desperately needed roads for the first autos in the area.  In 1922 the Arvada Town Board ordered 52 loads of gravel for spreading along Grandview (thankfully, Wadsworth Road was already "graveled".) Arvada's men spread the gravel through the business district to connect Arvada's "Main Street" with the under construction cement road from Denver (which would end at Graves Avenue, aka Lamar-Marshall St.)

Ninety years ago the first Arvada Harvest Festival celebrated the completion of the first paved road from Arvada to Denver!

In 2015 we'll celebrate that progress

and look forward to our new "trolley" - the Gold Line. 

Get on the wagon train, RR train, in your car, on your bike, on your feet, on your horse and any other version of getting from "here to there" because you'll want to be a part of

The 90th annual Arvada Harvest Festival and Parade,

September 11-13, 2015!!


Little scholars thank us for recent Star Spangled Scholars presentations

This "pilgrim" received a bushel of thank you notes from Whiz Kids groups and Arvada K-8 students after we did Star Spangled Scholars presentations. Wish I could share them all, but here are some of the quotes:
"Thanks for coming because it is important for us to learn about that stuff. . . . My favorite part was when I got to hold the guns (muskets). . . . My second favorite part was when I trie...d the hard tack. It was one of my favorite parts because it showed me to be grateful for the different kind of food instead of plain small hard tack."

"I thought it was a wonderful experience. I thought when you showed us the musket and when you shot the gun I saw the spark. . . . When you brought out the food I have to say the nut and berry one was pretty good. But the stewed pumpkin wasn't really my favorite."

"I could never eat that stuff all the time!"

"I loved the props you guys brought in. . . . Also, the stories you told."

"I really liked trying the food. Some of it was gross . . . Hope you come back to Arvada K-8."

We'd love to come back and continue to offer Star Spangled Scholars presentations in 2015. Please contact Linda Olson Ferguson, olefergie@msn.com.

Crowdrise Funding opportunity for Star Spangled Scholars

We have launched a Crowdrise Funding Page for Star Spangled Scholars.  Now, individuals can make tax deductible donations to this important American history program.  We need these hands-on, living history lessons now more than ever that tell the "life" and "heart" stories of our founding fathers and mothers.  Star Spangled Scholars is offered free of charge to groups of kids (and families).  Go to: https://www.crowdrise.com/StarSpangledScholars/fundraiser/lindaferguson

Star Spangled Scholars Essay Contest Winners

We send a huge shout-out Congratulations to the 2014 Star Spangled Scholars Essay Contest Winners:

First Place, grades 6-8: Lauren Sissom

First Place, grades 9-12: Kalob McConnell

Grand Prize: Brianna Wolle

Meet these amazing writers and inspiring young Americans at the Arvada City Council meeting on October 20th.

We are the Best in Arvada again!!!

Thanks to all our faithful festival friends, the Arvada Harvest Festival has won the Best in Arvada title again in 2014.  So many exciting and new things this year - come all three days, September 5-7!

Parade winners, 2014 - Congrats!


2014 Parade Competition Categories
1)  Best Expression of Theme:  GRAND MARSHALL – Arvada Historical Society
2)  Most Creative:  Scout Pack 667
3)  Best of Parade (most entertaining):  Arvada Fire Department
1)  Unique Motorized Unit
1st place:  Arvada Fire Department
2nd place:  Front Range Antique Power Association / F.R.A.P.A
3rd place:  Advantage ENT and Advantage Audiology
2)  Commercial Float
1st place:  Ed Tomlinson / Metro Brokers
2nd place:  3 Margaritas Family Mexican Restaurant
3rd place:  Jefferson Animal Clinic / Get Along L'll Doggy
3)  Non-Commercial Float
1st place:  GRAND MARSHALL – Arvada Historical Society
2nd place:  Ms. Colorado Senior America / CAMEO CLUB
3rd place:  Arvada Elks Lodge / Flags of the United States
4)  Military Marching Unit
1st place:  Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard Unit
2nd place:  Iwo Jima Float / Marine Corps League
3rd place:  Am. Military Time Line/Assoc. Of Living Historians
5)  Marching Band Unit
1st place:  Ralston Valley High School Marching Band
2nd place:  Legacy High School Marching Band
3rd place:  Arvada West Wildcats Marching Band
6)  Marching/Walking Unit
1st place:  Colorado ACTS
2nd place:  Scout Pack 667
3rd place:  Arvada Gardeners


2014 Spelling Bee Winners

L-R, Elizabeth, Cheyenne, Tenley

Our impressive spelling bee winners:

Champion- Cheyenne Trujillo  -Hackeberry Hill Elementary

Runners-Up- Tenley Kruse - Van Arsdale Elementary

Elizabeth Wendt  - Lawrence Elementary

Food Fair Winners, 2014

Note - we only had last names on the entry sheets, but here are the winners - and congrats!

PIES : 1st- Walkowich  2nd- Newton  3rd- Eagle
CAKES: 1st- Newton 2nd-Miller 3rd-Newton
CANDY: 1st-Larson 2nd-Newton  3rd-Hien
SALSA: 1st:Channon  2nd-Orchard 3rd-Bryant
PICKLES/RELISH: 1st- Bryant  2nd Kruss  3rd Devore
CANNED VEGGIES: 1st- Orchard  2nd-Hein
BREADS: 1st-Larson 2nd- Buntwell 3rd-Hein
JAM/JELLIES 1st-Devore  2nd-Bass 3rd-Poole
COOKIES: 1st: Hubanks  2nd- Limtiaco 3rd-Sganga
TRADITIONAL: 1st-Sganga 2nd-LArson 3rd-Billington

Garden Harvest Contest Winners!

Note the tab on the left side - click on that to see great pics and the list of winners.

Proclamation from Governor John W. Hickenlooper

City of Arvada honors Star Spangled Scholars

On Monday, February 3, 2014, representatives from the Arvada Harvest Festival and the Creator of Star Spangled Scholars received a proclamation from Arvada's Mayor and City Council honoring Star Spangled Scholars/Arvada Harvest Festival for being the official celebrants of the Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial in 2014.  "Irish Lace", historian from Hands on History Colorado was also on hand to receive the honor.

Daniels Fund - "Patriot Sponsor" for the Star Spangled Scholars program

We are honored to have our first sponsor for the Star Spangled Scholars program in 2014!  Thank you Daniels Fund for being a "Patriot Sponsor"!

Celebrate the Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial in 2014

Sons of the American Revolution and students from Woodland Park, CO

Sons of the American Revolution and students from Woodland Park, CO

The Arvada Harvest Festival (Arvada Junior Chamber Foundation) is currently the only official observer/celebrant of the Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial in 2014.  The actual Bicentennial date is September 12, 2014 - but our National Anthem's anniversary warrants more than just one day of celebration.  So, we are offering the Star Spangled Scholars program for 5th graders in Arvada/Wheat Ridge Schools and other gathering of patriots.  We are partnering with the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the War of 1812, local artisan/hands-on historian "Irish Lace" and others to provide experiential learning and inspiration around the founding of our country, the second American Revolutionary War (the War of 1812) and the penning of "Oh Say, Can You See . . . " by Francis Scott Key.

Contact Linda Olson Ferguson to schedule a visit by the Sons and their Patriot's Chest and "Irish Lace".  Visit www.cossar.us and click on Patriot's Chest to see the artifacts that are available to your students.  We need sponsors to make this all happen - so contact Linda Olson Ferguson for sponsorship opportunities - olefergie@msn.com.

2014 Sponsors

Thank and patronize the 2014 sponsors listed below!

Sponsored by AMI Solar Solutions

AMI Solar Solutions

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Festival attendees from last year will remember this sponsor as AC Solar Solutions.  In just a year this professional energy efficiency company has grown dramatically.  We are thrilled that they are coming back as a "Bumper Crop" Sponsor.  They take a whole house approach in determining the best products and services to make that home as energy efficient as possible.  AMI Solar Solutions/1 800 Solar USA is far more than just a solar panel installation company.  Their products are all made in the USA and they are proactive in hiring veterans.

Sponsored by Naked Juice

Naked Juice

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Look who's coming to play as a special sponsor!  Naked Juice!  "This is fruit's higher purpose. Only the best ingredients go into our bottles. No added sugar and no preservatives. Just the healthiest fruits and vegetables with a heaping handful of yum.".

They'll have little sippy samples, and other interactive projects to help people "Live Naked".

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente

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Turn up the fun with a visit to the Kaiser Permanente Boardwalk!  A tradition of entertainment… for more than 100 years, boardwalks and amusement parks have refined the art of engaging fun for people of all ages. The Kaiser Permanente boardwalk has integrated several fun activities all under one roof.

Sponsored by Trammell Crow

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The Trammell Crow Company and Kiewit Building Group, Inc. (see below) are collaboratively serving as Entertainment Sponsors this year. Trammell Crow Company is the master developer for the Gold Line site in Olde Town Arvada. The general contractor for the parking garage and regional  bus facility is Kiewit Building Group, Inc. Up to date information on this project in Olde Town Arvada is available at www.oldetowntod.org.

Sponsored by Kiewit Building Group

Kiewit Building Group

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Kiewit Building Group, Inc.  joins the Trammell Crow Company (see above) in creating a collaborative Entertainment Sponsorship this year. Trammell Crow is serving as the general developer of the Olde Town Arvada site for the Gold Line, and Kiewit Building Group, Inc. is the general contractor.  Specific information on the Gold Line project in Olde Town is available at www.oldetowntod.org.


The Home Depot

Home Depot - creators and sponsors of the 2013 Wall of Honor are coming back in 2014 to create a visual history of our Star Spangled Banner - the American Flag over the years!

Sponsored by Bellco


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We are honored and excited to have Bellco as a "Scholar" Sponsor - specifically sponsoring our Opening Night Concert on Friday, September 5th by the Mile High Fife and Drum Corp.  Time and location to be announced.  Now, that's Patriotic!


Colorado Community Media/Arvada Press

We are so grateful to the generous folks at Arvada Press/Colorado Community Media for their in-kind/coverage support, and their partnership with us in running the Spelling Bee and the Star Spangled Scholars Essay Contest.

Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4331

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4331

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This vital group of combat veterans (and their family members) in Arvada are joining the Arvada Harvest Festival for the first time as a sponsor.  VFW Post 4331 is a "Spangled" Sponsor of the 89th annual Arvada Harvest Festival - specifically supporting the ongoing Star Spangled Scholars program.  VFW Post 4331 is even hosting a Father's Day Star Spangled Scholars event on June 15th beginning at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by Cornerstone Home Lending Inc.

Cornerstone Home Lending Inc.

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We are thrilled to welcome a new sponsor, Cornerstone Home Lending Inc., to the Festival.  Their "Spangled" Sponsorship is sponsoring the Olde Town Swing Band's performance on Sunday afternoon. Cornerstone Home Lending is the 10th largest independent mortgage lender in the nation and has been awarded the “Top Workplaces” award for each of the past four consecutive years. The company has recently opened an office in downtown Arvada and is dedicated to making home financing a remarkable experience.”

Sponsored by Community Banks of Colorado

Community Banks of Colorado

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Arvada's "hometown" bank, Community Banks of Colorado, is a "Spangled" Sponsor of the 89th annual Arvada Harvest Festival! They embody their mantra: "Listening. Still Available. At a Bank."


American Legion Post 161

We are thrilled to welcome the American Legion Post 161 back to the Arvada Harvest Festival in 2014 as a "Spangled" Sponsor.  They will again lead the parade on Saturday, September 6th, stepping off at 10 a.m. and visit their booth.  Give them a hearty "Thank you for your service." They deserve it.

Sponsored by Donald Rosier for Jefferson County Commissioner

Donald Rosier for Jefferson County Commissioner

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Donald Rosier is a third generation Coloradoan and grew up in Arvada.  He attended Swansea Elementary School, North Arvada Junior High and Arvada Senior High.  He and his family regularly attend the Arvada Harvest Festival - so it is fitting that he joins us in 2014 as a "Spangled" Sponsor!

Sponsored by Total Disposal

Total Disposal

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Our "Clean it Up" Sponsor in 2013 will keep us "clean" again in 2014!   Welcome back and thank you to our local waste "away!" company, Total Disposal. 

Sponsored by Comcast/Xfinity


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We are thrilled to welcome new sponsor, Comcast/Xfinity!  They are specifically sponsoring the Cruisin' Cats and Sock Hop on Saturday night, September 6th!

Sponsored by Cruisin' Oldies 950

Cruisin' Oldies 950

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KYGO's  "happenin'" sister station, Cruisin' Oldies 950 is joining the fun again in 2014.  Come by to meet fan fav and longtime Denver radio personality, Randy Jay. Come hang and dance with Cruisin' Oldies own "Cruisin' Cats"  (day/time/location tba).

Sponsored by Arvada Elks Lodge 2278

Arvada Elks Lodge 2278

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The Arvada Elks # 2278 join us this year with a very special "First Fruits" Event Sponsorship.  They will showcase a rolling display of the versions of the American Flag over the course of this nation's great history.  Now that's a celebratory and edifying way to celebrate the Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial.

Sponsored by Custom Environmental Services, Inc.

Custom Environmental Services, Inc.

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Thank you "Spangled" Sponsor for your support in 2014 - Custom Environmental Services, Inc.!

Custom Environmental Services, Inc. (CES) specializes in emergency response, environmental, abatement, and industrial vacuum services that keep our environment clean, healthy, and safe —
no matter how messy things get.  Their hands-on approach, rapid response, and focus on safety allow companies to be confident when using CES for their contracting, compliance, and cleanup needs.

CES has a proven track record and reputation in environmental remediation projects, highway, railroad, and industrial incidents, and emergency response situations with an excellent Experience Modification Rating (EMR).  In in 2013, CES had zero OSHA recordables and zero lost work days.

CES also provides multiple training courses to professionals in the environmental industry.

Sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1071

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1071

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We are honored in 2014 to have Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1071 return as a "Spangled" Sponsor, specifically sponsoring our VIP tent.  This amazing group of veterans make a tangibly positive difference daily in the lives of fellow veterans.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1071 mission: "In Service to Colorado's Veterans." When you see them, wish them a hearty "welcome home" - something many of them didn't hear when they returned to this country, and thank them for their ongoing service!

Check out their great new logo too!




The two Arvada Chick-fil-A locations - 52nd & Wadsworth and 80th & Wadsworth, are joining "herds" to sponsor the food for the special invitation VIP Reception on Friday, September 5th at 5:00 p.m. under the VIP tent in McIlvoy Park.  They'll be "moooving" along the parade route on Saturday, September 6th and providing lots of games and prizes at their booth.  Check out and like both Facebook pages, www.facebook.com/chickfila52ndandwadsworth and www.facebook.com/chickfila80thandwadsworth.

Sponsored by Texas Roadhouse - Arvada

Texas Roadhouse - Arvada

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This yummilicious sponsor will keep our volunteers fed during the long hours of the 2014 Arvada Harvest Festival!

Sponsored by Susan M. Duncan YMCA

Susan M. Duncan YMCA

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Once again we're honored to have the Susan M. Duncan YMCA sponsor and host our Kid Zone, including the Star Spangled Scholars Living History Camp, and tons of activities for kids of all ages!


Sponsored by Sooper Credit Union Foundation

Sooper Credit Union Foundation

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Sooper Credit Union Foundation is providing generous cash prizes for our Spelling Bee and Essay Contest winners this year!

Sponsored by Hill Petroleum

Hill Petroleum

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We are pleased to welcome back Hill Petroleum as an "Ingatherer" Sponsor in 2014.

Purchased 30 years ago, Hill Petroleum® is a full service petroleum marketer with over 80 employees serving the Western half of the United States. They offer a complete range of refined products including lubricants, fuels, Eco friendly products and bio-fuels and services including lubrication equipment (design and sale), filtration and consultation. They have the ability to supply all grades of commercial, industrial, retail and aviation fuels, including the ability to offer forward based and hedged contracts.

Sponsored by Delta Disaster Services

Delta Disaster Services

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We welcome back as an "Ingatherer" Sponsor in 2014 Delta Disaster Services - a full service property restoration company. Delta handles all property damage from the first emergency call through reconstruction for Water, Fire and all Environmental issues. In 2012 Delta Disaster Services was named by Colorado Biz magazine as Colorado’s top Contractor!   


Sponsored by The Phipps Team - Keller Williams Avenues

The Phipps Team - Keller Williams Avenues

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New Movie in the Park sponsor, the Phipps Team at Keller Williams is passionate about Arvada real estate which is why they are in the top one percent of area Realtors. Their client service and neighborhood knowledge is unmatched so it's no surprise over 80% of their business is from repeat and referred clients. The team truly believes they sell not just a home, but the Colorado lifestyle.
2014's movie choice is "Up" - Retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams. Unbeknownst to Carl, an overeager 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer Russell is on Carl's front porch! The world's most unlikely duo meet fantastic friends like Dug, a dog with a special collar that allows him to speak, and Kevin, a rare 13-foot tall flightless bird.

Sponsored by Pilates Movement for Life

Pilates Movement for Life

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Pilates Movement for Life studio was created to offer an environment where everyone can achieve the most rewarding physical conditioning results, based on their individual needs and goals. Our approach to accomplishing these goals is founded on the highest degree of professionalism, education and state-of-the-art equipment in a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere.

Since 2004, Pilates Movement for Life certified instructors continue to create highly successful physical conditioning and rehabilitative exercise programs using The Joseph Pilates Method.

We are thrilled to welcome Pilates Movement for Life as an "Ingatherer" Business Sponsor of the 2014 Arvada Harvest Festival!

Sponsored by ValuAds


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Big thanks for an overflowing "First Fruits" sponsorship -

Sowing great marketing seeds for this year's Arvada Harvest Festival and Parade!

Sponsored by Alpha Graphics

Alpha Graphics

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Thank you to our "First Fruits" Sponsor - Alpha Graphics for supporting us again in 2014! We encourage all who are associated with the Arvada Harvest Festival to utilize Alpha Graphics for marketing and printing needs.

Sponsored by Ketelson Campers

Ketelson Campers

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Ketelsen Campers of Colorado will again provide a respite camper onsite for weary Harvest Festival workers to grab a little shade and refreshment.

Our Mission

The Arvada Harvest Festival and Parade commemorate the hearty history of the once primarily farming community of Arvada, Colorado. It is the second longest continuously running festival in Colorado. Beginning in October, 1925 to celebrate the completion of the first concrete road between Arvada and Denver, this community tradition has been overseen by Arvada citizens, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce and the Arvada Jaycees. Today, a variety of Arvada citizens and neighbors produce and host this cultural and historic celebration of Arvada, with the oversight of the Arvada Junior Chamber Foundation's 501 (c) 3 status. Our Festival and Parade stands out from the rest due to our commitment to value for families, old time festival traditions, and an emphasis on free or affordable activities for all.

Sponsored by Deals to Locals

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