The annual Fruita Fall Festival is one of the biggest and best events in western Colorado and here are the five best things about Fruita's signature festival.

The Fruita Fall Festival is September 22-24 and if you have never attended the festival, you might as well make plans to be there. It's three big days of fun including a street dance, parade, live music, lots of food, vendors, carnival, and more.

Fruita Fall Festival marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new season on the western slope. It's a change that is worth celebrating.

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    The festival features some of the best local bands around like Jack + Jill, Williams Brothers, Lincoln Pants Band, Clyde and the Milltailers, Zolopht, Bicycle Annie, and others. But they also bring in some nationally known acts like Halfway to Hazard, Henhouse Prowlers, and Royal Bliss. Bring your chair and be prepared to be entertained. Oh, by the way, all of this great music is free!

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    Fruita Fall Festival traditionally features the largest collection of food vendors you'll find anywhere in western Colorado so there is no shortage of variety. The only problem you'll have is trying to decide where to go, so be sure and hit as many different places as you can.

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    The carnival is open all three days of the festival: 3pm-10pm on Friday, NOON -10 pm on Saturday, and 11am-3pm on Sunday. This year's carnival includes the Zipper, Octopus, Gravitron, Paratrooper, and Sky Master. Advance tickets are available at City Market, True Value, and Alpine Bank in Fruita, and the Fruita Chamber.

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    The annual Fruita Fall Festival Parade happens Saturday morning at 10am. The theme this year is "Then and Now." Parade entries need to be submitted by Thursday, September 21.

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    There is just something special about a pancake breakfast. The Fruita Lions Club Pancake Breakfast will be at Circle Park from 7:00am-9:30am. We are pretty sure  you won't leave the table hungry.