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Arvada Harvest Festival


Thank you all for participating, and making this one of our best Parades ever!

Check the Parade homepage for the final results.

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1927 was the 3rd year of Harvest Festival

We are going to recreate a representation of this on Friday September 11 at 6:30 pm

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!!


City's Proclamation to the Festival
Just prior to 90 years ago before they laid down the Street.

Just prior to 90 years ago before they laid down the Street.

90th Anniversary Logo

Upcoming Events

  • Dec
  • 8
Arvada Junior Chamber Foundation General Meeting
  • Dec
  • 17
Harvest Festival Planning Meeting
  • Dec
  • 22
Arvada Junior Chamber Foundation meeting
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm MST Ical_event_icon
  • 5640 Yukon St. Arvada, CO 80002
  • general board meeting

    meet & greet after the meeting

  • Tag(s): Bingo 

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,

    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:

    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.

    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


    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 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 -