Many Grand Junction events that were canceled in 2020 are coming back, but two Grand Valley celebrations have been postponed.

Typically, western Colorado is a proverbial beehive of activity when it comes to concerts, events, and festivals that take place throughout the year. Their absence in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has been monumental over the past year and we have all been happy and relieved to see events back on the calendar. Country Jam, Winefest, and the Palisade Peach Festival are just three of the big events scheduled to be back this year.

Cinco De Mayo Move to August

Grand Junction's Cinco De Mayo celebration, normally held every May in downtown Grand Junction has been postponed until August 28. The Latino Anglo Alliance, which puts on the annual celebration announced the postponement on its Facebook page. The post stated they would be releasing more information and details in the coming weeks.

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Mike the Headless Chicken Days Festival Gets Moved

The ever-popular Mike the Headless Chicken Days in Fruita has also been delayed until August. The festival was scheduled to take place June 4th and 5th but has been rescheduled for August 27th and 28th. An estimated 21,000 people attend the festival each year. The festival website says the city of Fruita has been evaluating how to best proceed to protect the community as a whole.

While the City of Fruita is optimistic that the social distancing guidelines and other preventative measures that have been taken by both Mesa County Public Health and the State of Colorado will limit the spread of the virus, it has been decided that the 2021 Mike the Headless Chicken Festival will be scheduled later in the summer, August 27th and 28th.


Feast or Famine

The postponement of these events is undoubtedly disappointing to the organizers and to those planning to attend. The good news is they will happen, just later than usual. The bad news is that it will make for a full event calendar in August, with the Palisade Peach Festival scheduled for August 19-21 along with other regularly scheduled concerts and events. We go from no events at all to an abundance. We will be looking forward to these postponed events, but enjoying them a little later in the year than usual.

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