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The 2021 Arvada Harvest Festival "Status Report" and more details are posted below. We will need your community support to revive the Festival for 2022 and for future generations to come!
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Thanks to all our faithful festival friends, the Arvada Harvest Festival has always been voted the "Best of the Best" honors in a vote from Arvada citizens conducted by the Colorado Community Media year after year and once again in 2019. We have always been voted as Jefferson County’s “Best of the Best” too. Since 1925 this Festival has been Jefferson County's biggest and oldest community event. Yay!!!...Thanks Folks!
There’s one simple reason we’ve always been voted as the “Best”…it’s because we are!
Our 2021 AHF event request has been officially denied by the City of Arvada. "A very sad state of affairs in our Arvada community for our near Century-Old event. Our volunteer Harvest Festival Committee offers the community our deepest and most sincere apologies for the city's actions.
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 Denver and Grandview Avenue in Old Town Arvada.
We volunteers have committed to continue this historic event and create family oriented activities to entertain Arvadans of all ages creating the best memories to be shared by all for generation after generation at all family gatherings.
This community tradition has been inspired, created and overseen by volunteer Arvada citizens, The Arvada Jaycees and the Arvada Chamber of Commerce over the years. 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 others due to our historic commitment supporting our families, old time festival traditions, with an emphasis on free or affordable activities for all.
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.
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Please consider donating at the Harvest Festival Information Booth!! Bring Golf Balls (New or Used!) - If we get used ones, we will have kids decorate them for the soldiers to surprise them! We will take Golf Clubs, or any accessory as well. To donate monetarily, please email us at email@example.com then we will send you the instructions to do a monetary donation.
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