Palisade Peach Festival

Staff writer A pilgrimage for those in the know is the annual Palisade Peach Festival now in its 43rd year. Held in August, the festival celebrates the peach harvest and Grand Valley agriculture in general. The fun includes: The Peach Festival at Riverbend Park in the heart of Palisade, with more than 100 vendors, kids activities, live music and peachy events like cooking demonstrations and tastings, a messy peach-eating contest,…

November 5, 2011
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Palisade history

Staff writer The first residents of the wide valley carved by the Colorado River were Ute tribes. In 1881, white settlers moved in and by 1894 they’d begun planting the first fruit orchards, taking advantage of the rich soil and congenial climate. But the valley was arid, so the new growers brought water in barrels from the Colorado River. Eighty miles of irrigation canals built by the federal government in…

November 5, 2011
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Palisade

Palisade Colorado peaches
October 12, 2011

Palisade exports truckloads of peaches that rival Georgia’s best, grapes for a growing wine industry and other fruit from melons to apples and cherries.

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