DBA sponsors Golden Leaf Festival

Event offers food, music and green tomato contests

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Cool weather hints that summer is fading fast, but there may be a few last chances to enjoy warm weather before the snow flies.

Craig's Downtown Business Association has put together a day of food, crafts, music and activities to celebrate the warm days of fall.

"We are optimistic that the weather will be gorgeous," said DBA member Nadine Daszkiewicz.

The National Weather Service is predicting that temperatures will be in the 70s, perfect for strolling down the 500 block of Yampa Avenue and perusing the wares of craft vendors, snacking from food booths and listening to the music of Legacy, Yampa Valley Brass and Trevor Potter.

The street will be closed to traffic.

"We just wanted something to do in the fall," Daszkiewicz said.

"We wanted something to do when we were pretty sure the weather would be good."

In addition to the music and vendors, a green tomato contest will be sponsored by Serendipity Coffee Shop. Participants pay $5 to enter their best recipes using green tomatos and people pay $1 to taste each one and judge the best. The contest will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first-place winner gets a $50 prize.

Call 824-5846 for information.

For those who don't want to cut their green tomatoes into pieces, there will be a "biggest green tomato" contest between 10 a.m. and noon, sponsored by The Kitchen Shop.

First prize is $25.

For more information, call 824-8148.

Admission to the Museum of Northwest Colorado will be free and Yampa Valley Strings will treat visitors to a performance.

The High Plains Mustang Club will be there with wild horses on display, and the Women's Hockey Association will provide a bounce area for the kids as a fund-raiser for their organization.

Several other nonprofits will have booths to give information and raise funds.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or at ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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