The Arvada Harvest Festival has been a community tradition since 1925. The first Festival was held on October 17, 1925 and was created to commemorate the first paved road from
About 1929 the date was changed to this earlier date because of winter weather considerations. There we’re only three years the Festival was not held. Once during the depression, once during World War II and due to a polio scare.
The Arvada Chamber of Commerce ran the Festival until the mid 1950’s-60’s then involved the Arvada Jaycees. In 1966 the Jaycees pretty much took over the event in and in 1971 was the last year the Chamber was a sponsor host. The event is still an Arvada Junior Chamber function although more citizens have been involved and running events in recent years.
"Putting together a parade is like making a movie, there are a bunch of short clips. Our goal is to take every child sitting on that curb to a different world every 15 seconds. Once we have done this, the adults follow simply by looking at the faces of the children." - Cody McNutt, Executive Director 2009
Some of the main reasons for this success include, the large number of bands, Elementary, Junior High, and High School groups, organizations, service clubs, volunteers and business sponsorships that pull together to “do whatever it takes” to insure its success.