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Edwards celebrates fall with Harvest Festival

Aggie Zaremba

The event celebrates its fifth anniversary this year.

“It’s a great community event,” said Susan Marquez, the owner of Fiesta’s! Mexican Cafe and Cantina, one of Edwards’ many restaurants. “Every year Harvest Festival offers a wine and beer tasting. Visitors can also try food samples prepared by local restaurants. It’s a good reason for people to go out and socialize, but it is also an opportunity for local restaurants as well as wine and beer distributors to introduce themselves to the local community.”

At the festival, Fiesta’s! will be serving up their claim-to-fame chicken enchiladas with white japaleno sauce and a spicy pork green chili. Visitors will also have a chance to treat themselves to goodies offered by Alpinista Pizzeria, Zinos, Gore Range Brewery and Marko’s Pizza.

The highlight of the day will be a wine and beer tasting.

“We’ll have several wine and beer distributors,” said Laurie Asmussen the event’s coordinator.

According to Kate Langdon, sales consultant for Midwest Beverage, the festival is essentially all about having fun.

“It’s a great opportunity for local families as well as visitors to celebrate the end of summer. It’s also a big time for local restaurants and beverage distributors since they have another chance to showcase their products.”

The festival will be complimented by children’s entertainment, including a magician and a balloon twister. One special attraction will be the climbing wall, giving kids a chance to heave their way to the top.

The Edwards Business Association, which created the Harvest Festival, did not forget about street entertainment. This year’s number-one band is Flux, a local six-piece, headed up by sax man Dave Laub. They perform jazzed-up funk.

Additionally, those who would like to exercise before they indulge in food and drinks can participate in the 5K Walk/Run.

“It’s kind of a “let’s exercise before we eat walk,'” said Laurie Asmussen. “All those who want to participate should register at Ptarmigan Sports between 8 and 9 a.m.”

Harvest Festival is held Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., on the lawn in front of the Gor Range Brewery in Edwards Village Center. Arrive hungry.

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