2017 Great Rist Canyon Mountain Festival, Sunday, Sept 3.

Each year on Labor Day Weekend, the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department sponsors the Great Rist Canyon Mountain Festival.  We are thrilled to be part of this year’s line-up.

The organizers of this event have collected a whole bevy of interesting things for kids and adults to do and see.

There will be crafters, garden exhibits, a book tent, food vendors, a bake sale, ice cream, lures for fly-fishing and lots more!  You will get a chance to win the quilt raffle when you register.  Learn about the wolf sanctuary in the canyon.  The Larimer County Sheriff will put on a K-9 demonstration, too.  This is a great event for kids who will enjoy

  • a petting zoo
  • calf roping
  • a climb wall
  • pony rides
  • face-painting
  • and clowns, too.

This festival benefits the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department which means it is for a very worthy cause AND you can get a close look at a firetruck.

AND if this isn’t enough, there will be live music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here’s the line-up:

  • Curious Gage
  • French Toast Swing
  • Lorna’s Swingset
  • Rocky Mountain Belly Dance Company
  • Red Truck Revival  and (last but not least)
  • JRQ:  The Jane Robinett Quintet!!

This is some fabulous entertainment.  We go on at 3 p.m. and play until the conclusion of the afternoon’s activities at 4 p.m.

The Rist Canyon volunteer Fire Department is trying to reach a goal of $80, 632 this year.

This is important given the high fire danger in the mountains west of Fort Collins.  The RCVFC is staffed by approximately 35 colunteer emergency responders and strongly supported by the community.  The response area has grown from 38 square miles when it was founded in 1975 to approximately 110 square miles today.  It also provides automatic mutual aid to about 50 additional square miles.  As an organization, the RCVFD is committed to providing responder safety, as well as emergency response to life and property threatening fires and other medical emergencies and rescue situations.  Today, with 3 stations, the RCVFD has grown to a 100% donation-based effective emergency response unit.  They respond to between 50 and 100 calls a year.   Find them on the web.

How to get there

The festival is at Mile Marker 12 in Rist Canyon, across the street from the Fire Station and only 15 minutes west of Vern’s.  From Fort Collins, take Hwy 287 west to Laporte, then 52E, Rist Canyon Road nine miles west.  The address is 11835 Rist Canyon Road, Bellvue, CO.  The number is 970-493-1501.  Here’s a map.

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