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92nd Annual Arvada Harvest Festival

Days till the 2017 Arvada Harvest Festival Weekend


Please Help us Welcome Judy Teter as our Parade Chairman

We hate to say Good Bye to an old friend and Parade Chairman, but it does happen.  Carol Havrda has served us well over the past several years as the Parade Chair, we appreciate all that she did!

Some of our "Peeps" showed up unexpectedly in to say Hello! If you missed them they're saying Hello now!

Save the Dates     September 8, 9 & 10  2017

We are gearing up for the 92nd Annual Arvada Harvest Festival.

We have had to make significant changes with the new G-Line and new construction. We thank all of you with your patience as we work through these changes. We are finishing some details and will be posting the updates as approvals are granted.

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!

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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.

    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,
    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 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 -

    FREE CONCERT! Sat. Night Headliner ~ "The NACHO MEN"

    Saturday Night Headliner ~ The NACHO MEN...Click for pic details

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