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!
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!!
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
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.
Note - we only had last names on the entry sheets, but here are the winners - and congrats!
Note the tab on the left side - click on that to see great pics and the list of winners.
Founded and created in late 2013, Star Spangled Scholars is on a roll. We began humbly, supported by a generous grant from Daniels Fund and in-kind support from Arvada's Country Buffet. We are committed to offering this interactive, hands on history program to kids and families free of charge. Our mission is to build "heart" knowledge of what it took to found our great country, to settle the wild American West - and in doing so, building a sense of "Americanism" in our kids that is rooted in the appreciation of our founders' determination, resourcefulness and sacrifice. We've hosted two open houses, provided programming for fifth graders at Arvada K-8 and Hackberry Hill Elementary, made presentations to the spring break camp kids at Buckley AFB, presented to a "Whiz Kids" group in Lakewood and provided special Father's Day programming for the Arvada VFW #4331 membership and their kids. We offered a special summer camp program for 150 kids at the Susan M. Duncan YMCA on June 30th. The "campers" made "jumping jack dolls" and "salt cellars" (aka, cootie catchers). Kids of all ages sang rousing versions of "Do your ears hang low . . . " and the Star Spangled Banner! Harvest Festival attendees are encouraged to visit the "Star Spangled Scholars Living History Camp" in the Kid Zone at McIlvoy Park. School and other kid/youth group presentations will commence for academic year 2014-15. Contact Linda Olson Ferguson to request a presentation! Also - check out the Channel 8 coverage of this summer's Star Spangled Scholars presentation at the Susan M Duncan YMCA, http://youtu.be/uqZkYlaUmns.
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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.