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Jun 8, 2012, 3:30 p.m.
Jackie Curtis (left) and Amy Nuernberg (right) at Sage Creations Organic Farm, one of the farm tour destinations at the Colorado Lavender Festival on July 6-8.

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See Roy Hargrov at the Telluride Jazz Festival August 3-5. Photo by Ingrid Lundahl.

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The Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials offers five days of sheepdog herding competitions.

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Hear it Through the Grapevine summer concert series

June 1-August 11

Grande River Vineyards

787 N. Elberta Ave.

Palisade, Colorado

970-464-5867

www.granderivervineyards.com

Enjoy a summer evening of live music, great wine and delicious food on the lawn of Grande River Vineyards. From jazz to Latin, bluegrass to classical, Grande River’s Hear it Through the Grapevine summer concert series has something for everyone. This year’s line up features The King’n Trio on June 1, Stray Grass on June 30, Skean Dubh on July 7, Quemando on July 14, Astroreck on July 20, Imagine Beatles on July 28, and Hazel Miller on August 11. Each concert benefits a local nonprofit organization. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. rain or shine. Bring a picnic and lawn chair, buy a bottle of wine, and relax. Ticket prices vary, but are cheaper when purchased in advance at Grande River Vineyards or Fisher’s Liquor Barn.

Strawberry Days

June 15-17

Sayre Park

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

970-945-6589

www.strawberrydaysfestival.com

Colorado’s oldest civic celebration “Strawberry Days” takes place at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs. Highlights include the crowning of Miss Strawberry Days, top-notch entertainment, a myriad of artisans and food booths, quality children’s entertainment, and of course, free strawberries and ice cream. The Strawberry Days parade makes its way down Grand Avenue on Saturday featuring a dazzling display of colorful floats. Admission is free.

Country Jam

June 21-24

Country Jam Ranch

1065 Hwy 6 & 50

Mack, Colorado

800-780-0JAM (526)

www.countryjam.com

The largest country party of the year takes place only 30 minutes outside Grand Junction. This year’s Country Jam features entertainment by Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, Trace Adkins, the Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, the Charlie Daniels Band and more. There will also be regional and local bands performing on side stages in the bar area. Even if you’re not a fan of country music, there are vendors, food and rides for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets for single and four-day general admission, reserved, VIP, and sky box seats are available. Four-day general admission tickets are $139 and one-day tickets are $89.

Paonia Cherry Days

July 4-8

Paonia, Colorado

970-527-3886

www.paoniachamber.com

Fourth of July fireworks, cherry cobbler, a pancake breakfast, parade, carnival, dancing, car show, art gallery, wine tasting, beer garden and live entertainment are among the festivities at the 66th annual Paonia Cherry Days. Cherry Days takes place on the Fourth of July every year. This year’s theme is “Routed in Community.” Cherry Days is one of the oldest outdoor festivals and will have a mix of events both old and new. Admission is free.

Colorado Lavender Festival

July 6-8

Palisade, Colorado

970-210-3559

www.coloradolavender.com

The Lavender Association of Western Colorado is proud to host Colorado’s only lavender festival in downtown Palisade. The first Lavender Festival was a huge success and this year will be even better. Take a guided bus tour of area farms on Friday, along with lunch, a wine reception, and more. Cost is $55. The festival takes place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in Palisade Memorial Park. There will be many retail vendors featuring high-quality lavender inspired items and handmade goods, educational sessions, and more. Each session costs $10, but attend all four for a discounted price of $30. Visit the farms on a self-guided tour on Sunday, meet the growers, learn different growing techniques, and more.

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