Top 5 Memorial Day Weekend: Start Your Summer With These Events | Entertainment
The unofficial start of summer has finally arrived with Memorial Day weekend!
As well as remembering the men and women of the military who gave their lives in the service of our country and spent time with your family and friends, we suggest that you attend one or more of these events to get you started. your summer.
1. GRAND VALLEY FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
We hope you’re hungry, as Grand Valley Food Truck Fridays are back in 2021 with delicious food, beer garden and live music.
The food truck season kicks off with its first event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 28 at Lincoln Park, 910 N. 12th St.
The truck lineup will include Colorado Q, The Little Pink Truck, Be Crêpeful, GJ Fusion Food Truck, The Smoke “N” CEO and Los Compadres. The dessert will consist of Colorado Fruit Designs, El Bajón Churros and Daddy O’s Shaved Ice.
The beer garden is located at the Lincoln Park Barn and live music will be performed by the Peachfork Pickers.
The only differences between Friday’s event and those of years past are that there will be hand sanitizer stations and the trucks will be spaced further apart to give people plenty of room to order and eat, said Steven Preuss, a Food Truck Fridays organizer and owner of Colorado Q.
Food Truck Fridays has also added a few new spots to its event rotation and will feature five or six trucks and a few dessert vendors every Friday.
Lincoln Park in Grand Junction and St. Kathryn Cellars / Talon Winery in Palisade will continue to host the event.
In Fruita, the event will move to Reed Park where there are horseshoe pits, a playground and a gazebo. “It seemed like it was a little more family-friendly, a bigger space for people,” Preuss said.
Another new location for the event is the Mesa County Fairgrounds on Orchard Mesa, where food trucks will be located on a large grassy area easily visible from US Highway 50.
“We have a 10ft by 20ft tent that we’re going to start showing at events,” Preuss said.
So grab your seat or a blanket to spread out on the grass, and get ready to enjoy the evening. “We’re excited it’s back and I hope people enjoy it,” said Preuss.
2. CONCERT AJ FULLERTON
AJ Fullerton brings his blues rock and roots and his five-piece Front Range band to this concert at the Avalon Theater in collaboration with KAFM Community Radio.
Fullerton’s concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 28 at the Avalon Theater, 645 Main Street Doors open at 6 p.m.
Fullerton has a new 12-track album, “The Forgiver and The Runaway,” released in March. This is his third album to date, and it catches the ears. Fullerton has been included among the “75 Modern Blues and Blues Rock Artists You Must Hear in 2021” on rockandbluesmuse.com.
Fullerton is also from Montrose.
RODS AND HOGS
From a 1917 Model T truck to more modern semi-trucks, the Antique Truck Show offers plenty to see, ask questions and admire.
The show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 29 at the Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 Road F. It is co-hosted by the local chapter of the American Truck Historical Society.
Admission is $ 7 for adults, $ 5 for seniors and veterans, $ 4 for children ages 3-12, or $ 20 for families. Museum members get a discount.
“Trucks range from special interest models, buses and RVs to fire trucks and even military vehicles,” according to event information on museumofwesternco.com.
After attending the Truck Show, head to the Rods & Hogs Classic Car and Motorcycle Show for a change of pace.
This show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 29 at Grand Junction Harley-Davidson, 2747 Crossroads Blvd. Entrance is free for spectators.
Vote for your favorite vehicle to win the People’s Choice Awards, listen to music, and grab a bite to eat while you’re at it.
For more information on this show and how to enter your classic car (pre-1981) or motorcycle, visit gjharley.com.
JUCO WORLD SERIES
The 10 teams here are from junior colleges across the country. The pitch is ready and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, the first game of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series kicks off at Suplizio Field.
Attending JUCO is a Memorial Day tradition for many baseball fans in the Grand Valley, and this year Suplizio Field will be filled with people eager to return to the tournament after the pandemic disappointment of 2020.
The first Saturday of the tournament is the busiest with four games on the schedule. The Memorial Day evening game is one of the most popular of the tournament, with the added appeal of being the game followed by fireworks.
Look for the JUCO guide in the Friday, May 28 edition of the Daily Sentinel, which can help you prepare for the tournament.
For more information and online tickets, visit jucogj.org.
5. SIX WILD HORSES WEST SHOOTOUT
Big and handsome, the six-horse teams coming to compete in the annual Wild West Six-Horse Shootout are an incredible sight to see.
The Clydesdales, Belgians and Percherons will be among the workhorses in teams across the country competing Saturday through Monday, May 29 and 31 at Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 US Highway 50. The show starts at 1 p.m. daily and continues through the afternoon. Doors open at 11:30 am
Events range from horse and cart teams to six-hitch teams all looking for a spot in the Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series World Finals later this year.
Tickets for each day cost $ 15 for adults and $ 10 for children 6 to 14 years old. All seats are general admission.