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Celebrate Cedaredge kicks off June 2

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Photo by Don Benjamin Dan Skelton (left) and Lynn Grotrian are professional painters and good friends who are donating their skills to help renovate the new Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center in downtown Cedaredge. They also volunteered to paint the interi

Cedaredge will be bustling this summer with lots of family-friendly, community-oriented events and activities. The Town of Cedaredge and the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce are again collaborating to bring Celebrate Cedaredge to the community.

Based on suggestions from both community members and vendors during last year's Celebrate Cedaredge events, there have been some changes made to enhance this year's celebrations explained Kami Collins, the economic development coordinator for the town. There will again be three events, but only one of them will take place on Main Street; the other two will take place in the beautiful Town Park.

Celebrate Cedaredge kicks off on Saturday, June 2, with the traditional downtown Main Street vendor fair and live music. The street fair will be open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Vendor applications are now available at Town Hall, on the town's website (cedaredgecolo

rado.com) or by calling Collins at 856-3123. "We really want to honor and celebrate those businesses and organizations that make the Surface Creek Valley a wonderful place to live, play and work," Collins said. Therefore, if your business, nonprofit, church or civic group is located within the Surface Creek Valley, the booth fee is $25; all other booth fees are $40. "The event is also the perfect time to pop into all of our local businesses, both on Main Street and along the highway, and reacquaint yourself with the products and services Cedaredge-area businesses offer," Collins said. "Come spend the day with us, have breakfast or lunch, grab a cup of coffee, check out our galleries and retail shops, and celebrate Cedaredge with us." Plans for the June 2nd Celebrate Cedaredge also include a car show on the 100 block of Main Street and live music.

In July, on Saturday the 14th, Celebrate Cedaredge will be held at Town Park, and in true sense of the name, the patriotic-themed event will focus on celebrating community and country. The community fair will highlight the civic organizations, churches, youth organizations and nonprofits that provide services that enhance the community. There is no charge for these types of organizations to participate as long as the group is offering an activity during the event. For example, staff with the Cedaredge Public Library is tentatively planning to provide kids crafts and possibly a mobile story walk. "We hope that these organizations can use this event to highlight and promote their work within the community while also providing something fun for families to do," Collins said. Think: petting zoos, face painting, kids games or a community art project. Nonprofits are welcome to use the event as a fundraiser by hosting a barbecue lunch or an ice cream social, for example. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please call Collins at 856-3123.

While that event is happening at Town Park, the Town is also organizing a community yard sale/flea market in the parking lot of the public works building, across from Subway on High Country Avenue. Booth spaces for the yard sale/flea market are just $10 for a 10x10 space. That event will also run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on July 14th. Registration forms are also available at Town Hall and online at cedaredgecolorado.com.

The last Celebrate Cedaredge will take place on Saturday, Aug. 4, again at Town Park from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The date coincides with the annual Serenity Run - it is sure to be a fun-filled weekend with lots of activities and events happening. Vendors are welcome at this event, and priority will be given to those businesses that produce handmade or homemade wares, though all businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations are welcome. "We are also trying to organize a farmer's market at this event - we'd love to help you showcase your locally-grown veggies, fruit, wines and other food products," Collins said.

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