Arvada

New festival celebrates Arvada heritage

Arvada Days will be held Aug. 25-26

Posted 8/8/17

Arvada residents can take a walk back in time and celebrate Arvada’s pioneering heritage during the first Arvada Days festival, produced by the Arvada Festivals Commission and Hyland Hills Parks and Recreation District, on Aug. 25 and 26 at Clear …

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Arvada

New festival celebrates Arvada heritage

Arvada Days will be held Aug. 25-26

Posted

Arvada residents can take a walk back in time and celebrate Arvada’s pioneering heritage during the first Arvada Days festival, produced by the Arvada Festivals Commission and Hyland Hills Parks and Recreation District, on Aug. 25 and 26 at Clear Creek Valley Park.

Arvada has a long history and was a key community in Colorado’s rich history. The festival will step back in time to the mid-1800s and celebrate that history.

The two-day event will kick off Aug. 25 in the evening with a down-home farm-to-table dinner, square dance and s’mores roast. The second day will open with a savory country breakfast that includes flapjacks and cowboy coffee.

A full day of festival activities begins at 10 a.m. and will include historical re-enactments, an Annie Oakley-style shoot-out show, pony and hay rides, gold panning, live music, community and food vendors. Attendees can also explore a full-size teepee, character cutouts and enjoy the playground area, which includes a Zipline, tree-house style slides, water fun and more.

The event location is one of Arvada’s newest parks, Clear Creek Valley Park, which is a short distance from Arvada’s first site of gold discovery, which plays into the weekend events.

“I don’t think anyone is really doing this,” said Sharon Kohnen, event chair and member of the Arvada Festivals Commission. “We really want to celebrate Arvada and how it was started.”

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Martin G.

I love Arvada. Spend almost 70% of my time there.

Wednesday, August 9