This is a small town festival at its best, and worth visiting if you are staying at the hotel. For Grand Valley residents, attending the Fruita Fall Festival is an annual pilgrimage and a traditional part of our autumn celebrations. (Fruita is due west on I-70, about 15 minutes away from Palisade).
Under the headline, "Magic, music, more at Fruita Fall Fest," Grand Junction Free Press Reporter Sharon Sullivan writes:
"What began nearly 100 years ago as a cowpunchers reunion has grown into a regional festival featuring family-oriented activities and live music all weekend long. Bluegrass and other country bands from around the West perform at the event."
"The festival opens to the public Friday (Sept 26) with a carnival, vendor booths, an art exhibit, a Rotary-sponsored beer garden and Lioness spaghetti dinner. At 7 p.m., the Magic Traveling Show featuring magician and illusionist Jim Wright will perform at the Fruita Civic Center pavilion stage, 325 E. Aspen St. Wright has performed for more than 40 years, opening for Fleetwood Mac, Herbie Hancock and Chubby Checker."
"Meanwhile, down the street at Circle Park, the local country band Exit 42 will perform for a street dance that begins at 7 p.m."
You can read the rest of the story here. Just remember, the dates are largely left out of the article, so that the festival schedule can seem a little confusing. The important dates to remember are Sept 26, 27, 28!