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Dolores Harvest Festival will be Oct. 2

Check out local farm goods and arts and crafts at the Dolores Harvest Festival in Joe Rowell Park Oct. 2. (Courtesy photo)
This year’s event features more bands and 50 vendors

Celebrate fall at the Dolores Harvest Festival and car show Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Joe Rowell Park.

The marketplace features 50 vendors, including arts and crafts, five food trucks, and farm and garden stands with locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey, beef, hemp and mushrooms.

Esso Terra Cidery will debut its apricot apple cider, and other vendors will sell local craft beers, wines and margaritas.

More live music was added this year to the event, said organizer Susan Lisak, of the Dolores Chamber of Commerce.

The Bluegrass Heelers will play from 11 a.m to 1 p.m., Flashback will perform from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and High Country Krunk, will take the stage from 4-6 p.m.

“It’ll be fun. Come out and hear some old country favorites, honky-tonk and Hank Williams,” said Jack Talmadge, guitar player for the Bluegrass Heelers, based in Montezuma County.

Bluegrass Heelers’ members are Talmadge, Andy Hutchinson on banjo, Nikki Sargent on bass, and Stan McNeil on the dobro. There will be a limited supply of free band T-shirts.

Flashback specializes in rock and country music from the 1960s to 1980s. Band members are Jim McClain, guitar and vocals; Marilyn Kroeker, guitar and vocals; Drew Greene, drums; Jim Dodson, keyboards; and Mark Stevens, bass.

“We’ve been playing for three years and are a talented group,” said Kroeker. “We know what people want to hear. People have been hungry for live music.”

This year, the band has played 12 concerts so far.

High Country Krunk features guitarist and songwriter RC Hall, of Rico. He will perform “gritty original and cover tunes inspired by Colorado’s high country.”

The Dolores Harvest Fest on Oct. 2 will feature a car show at Joe Rowell Park. (Courtesy photo)

Harvest also features a car show with a variety of categories, including best car, truck, paint job, rat rod and best in show. The public casts votes for each category.

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A variety of games and events will be at the festival. Enjoy pumpkin painting, obstacle course, mini-golf, foam pile, kiddie train, inflatable slide and hay rides.

“This festival is special and gets better every year. It is the last big hurrah for the season, and we love seeing the community come out one more time,” Lisak said. “What’s especially nice is the perfect October weather and the view of the changing colors in the park.”