"Winter is still not over but here in Palisade work has begun in preparation for the upcoming Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival starting June 12th. Excitement is already growing as folks anticipate hosting the event, welcoming old friends, and introducing newcomers to our town. "
So begins a message from Tim Sarmo, the Town of Palisade Administrator. The letter continues:
"While there are still over four months left to go before the festival, much must take place well in advance to make sure festival goers have a great time in Palisade. We are amazed at the to do list: everything from the stage and lighting to fire rings and wrist bands! Here's a brief over view of what's going on..."
"First and foremost, our festival organizers George and Jody have been going non-stop since last fall to book great musicians, recruit unique vendors, design a functional and aesthetic layout, and create an atmosphere of laid back fun in shady Riverbend Park."
"Our Planning and Finance Departments, are in charge of advance planning, budget, ticket sales, staff and sponsor coordination, and even licensing, and beverage sales. (Palisade is the wine capital of the state and also has its own brewery and distillery.) Meanwhile the Town Administration and the trusty front office staff are helping with public relations, public transportation and public information."
"The Public Works and Parks Department is dealing with the details of park layout, equipment, supplies, and event logistics. The Police Department will ensure smooth traffic flow, parking, and event security while town Fire and EMS are developing first aid and medical response for a safe event."
"But we've also reached far outside Town government to ensure a successful event. We've enlisted the help of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce to help with advertising and media relations. Our new world class hotel, the Wine Country Inn, is gearing up to provide world class hospitality to those desiring first class accommodations in a charming Victorian inn set amidst the vineyards. There are several bed and breakfast establishments for those desiring more residential arrangements. And of course the camping area is being readied for nights under the stars and around the campfires."
"Our many restaurants are anticipating providing gastronomic delights ranging from pizza to burgers to multi-course dinners. Their diverse menus include Vietnamese food, steak, Italian cuisine, seafood, and American bistro style offerings."
"Of course we couldn't do this without the scores of experienced volunteers from all over the state who have signed up to help do everything from trash pickup to transportation."
"Finally, Palisade is part of the beautiful Grand Valley and our friends and neighbors from down river are also involved. So while this is a Town of Palisade sponsored event, our village is quite large and this festival will be a community affair you won't soon forget. Don't miss it. See you in June."