Palisade Town Grouch Contest Underway
PALISADE, Colo. The search is underway in Palisade for the 2013 Town Grouch! Each year a Palisade resident fights for the honor and will be expected to represent the town if chosen. Jim Cox, coordinator of the contest, said, "The publisher of the Palisade Tribune, back in 1977, started a tag line that said 'Palisade: Home of 750 nice people and one grouch.'" However, the one grouch in this town isn't so grouchy. Executive director of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, Juliann Adams, said, "Even though he might be a grouch he may have a little bit of a heart still." Folks in the running to be town Grouch or Grouchette must raise the most money. "It kind of goes against the grain of being a real grouch," said Cox. "The community gets very competitive. They will keep donating to jars around town to make sure their favorite wins," said Adams. The contest is all in the name of peaches, the fruit that so famously put Palisade on the map. Money raised goes towards operating costs of the peach festival. "If it weren't for the community members, the service, the volunteers, peach fest wouldn't happen," said Cox. After the Peach Festival ends, the grouch duties do not. "You attend special events around town, get to wear grouch hat. Some of the town grouches put on a real good grouch face, others have a hard time being grouches, so they smile anyway," said Cox. "It's important for a small town to have its character and that's what our town grouch is, he becomes our town character," said Adams.