Palisade Peach Festival Draws Large Crowd
KREX News Room
PALISADE, Colo.- Residents waited for more than an hour Saturday morning, for event officials to open the gates to this year's Palisade Peach Festival.
It’s the 45th year the Palisade Chamber of Commerce is hosting the highly-anticipated summer event.
“Its all about palisade peaches,” said Juliann Adams, executive director of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce. “The peaches have such a reputation and we have people here from all over, not just Colorado.”
With more than 80 vendors, the summer event draws in nearly 8,000 people.
Officials say it leaves no empty hotels in the Western Slope town and fills up area restaurants as well.
“This is our biggest fundraiser,” said Adams. “This is what keeps the chamber going and helps market palisade and helps our businesses grow.”
One business looking to boom from the festival is Kokopelli Farm Market, and Assistant Manager Phylicia Salazar says the event helps get the word out about the market, that has been open for 8 years.
“I usually get tours, and other stuff aft wards,” said Salazar. “They want to come see the orchards and come see the stand.”
The Peach Festival generates nearly $100,000 for the Palisade Chamber of Commerce and without it, officials say they would have to close their door.
“It keeps us going,” said Adams. “So if we didn't have Peach Fest, we would have to come up with another way.”
If you missed out on all the Palisade fun on Saturday, the festival will continue on Sunday.