Golden Leaf Festival set for Saturday

The fifth annual Golden Leaf Festival promises what it always does -- food, fun and the kickoff of fall -- said Downtown Business Association member Sandi Mansfield.

"It's just a nice end-of-the-summer time for everyone," she said.

The 500 block of Yampa Avenue will be open during the event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, but parking on the block is not allowed. Food and craft vendors will fill the sidewalks.

DBA member Nadine Daszkiewicz said the festival's crafts are not juried, and the booths feature local work.

"It's a little more relaxed because a lot of organizations who are looking for volunteers or raising money are involved in this," she said.

Many groups will have booths to hand out information, while some downtown shops are holding sidewalk sales.

"There's a lot of people out, so why not?" said Daszkiewicz, owner of The Kitchen Shop. "I'm hoping lots of people do that."

Some home-run businesses, like those selling beauty supplies and Tupperware, also will be featured in the vendors' area.

The Golden Leaf Festival will include performances by local musicians. Bob LaFord will perform from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Legacy takes the stage from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the 13-40 Band will entertain from 2 to 4 p.m. Stacey Mathers is scheduled to sing from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

The festival is sponsored by the DBA, Moffat County Tourism Association, The Copy Shop, the Craig Daily Press and KRAI-FM and 55 Country.

Daszkiewicz is excited to hold the biggest zucchini and biggest tomato contests during Saturday's event, as well.

The tomato may be red or green, and entries must be in by 5 p.m. Friday for weigh-in.

Festival goers may guess the weight of the largest vegetables for $1, which goes to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief fund. People may vote until 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and the winners will be announced at 3:45 p.m.

The owners of the biggest zucchini and tomato will win a $25 gift certificate to The Kitchen Shop, as will the two people who guess the number closest to the actual weight.

And when it comes to food, Daszkiewicz thinks the organizers have got the menu just right. With all the festival favorites, she does not suspect anyone will go hungry.

"I think we have all the food groups covered," she said. "I know we have funnel cakes, which is what everybody always wants."

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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