Palisade Prepares for Wine Festival Crowds
KREX News Room
PALISADE, Colo.- Palisade will see more than 10,000 new faces in town this weekend for the wine festival.
"This is one of our biggest festivals," said Rich Sales, town administrator.
Town officials say they're fully prepared for the rush. "We run a shuttle into downtown from the event, so people can come visit our restaurants and other businesses downtown," said Sales.
Free parking is available at Taylor Elementary School, west of Riverbend Park, as well as downtown. However, shuttles and bikes are also available. "At this point about half our bikes are already reserved," said David Fisher, manager or Rapid Creek Cycles and Sports.
For a fee of $39 a day, bikes are available to rent at Rapid Creek. "It's far more relaxing not having the worry about a DUI or the consequences there of," said Fisher.
The Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology is hosting the event and is expecting to break record numbers this year with the amount of people attending. That also means a boost for Palisade's economy. "They enjoy the restaurants, the shops, and they're staying in the hotels as well, so it is a benefit for the community and the economy of Palisade," said Fisher.
There will be no parking at Palisade High School because it's their homecoming weekend.
A shuttle will take people to downtown Palisade for free. It will make two stops in Grand Junction, at Horizon Drive and Main Street, for a fee of $15.