The Golden Fall Faire is back again for another year, bringing a close to hot summery weather, and reconnecting locals with the community after a busy season.
The annual Fall Faire kicks off on September 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Organizers will be up bright and early setting up activities and opening the doors to the judging competition. The farmer’s market will be on site, and live music will fill the air all day long.
“It seems like the summer has flown by,” said Colleen Palumbo, executive director of the Golden and District Historical Society. “I think that it’s an opportunity for the community to come together after the majority of the tourists have left, after the kids are back in school, just to celebrate the fact that we made it through another tourist season, and that life is going to settle down for now, and get back to our Golden ways.”
This year, there are a few differences from past Fall Faires. The lawn tractor races are taking a hiatus to allow for track improvements for next year, and the Rotary Club of Golden won’t be serving beer, but will continue with their annual BBQ.
“There’s two things that people will notice that are different. One is that we won’t have lawn tractor racing this year, which is a great spectator part of the day. But, the people that have continued to make sure the track is ready and so forth are coming back at it next year with a new design for the track, and hope to encourage some lawn tractors from out of town, so that it’s not just our same group of people competing against year other,” Palumbo said. “The guys that normally do all the work towards it, they have some things going on with their family that is holding them back from doing it this year.”
The Rotary Club will continue with the BBQ they host each year at the Faire, from 11 a.m. until around 5:30 p.m., but will not serve beer this year.
“I don’t know that is going to affect the day very much, because most people just come out for a family-style day,” Palumbo said, adding that there are a number of restaurants nearby that serve alcohol. “There’s places close by if anybody wants to do that for sure.”
Each year, the Fall Faire judges accept a variety of different handmade items like baked goods, clothing, and even produce into the old train station to see the best of the best in Golden. Anyone wanting to participate must drop off their items between 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. to be judged. Judging will take place before 11 a.m. when the Faire officially opens.
“They can bring in pies and homemade goods, and home baking, and that kind of stuff, and art work,” Palumbo said.
Beginning in the morning, and carrying on throughout the day, live music will be outdoors at the train station stage, including local acts like The Pickups, Leo Downey, the Jobin Family, and Smalltown Revival.
“It’s a great lineup I’m excited about,” Palumbo said.
In addition to adult activities, the Interact Club of Golden will host a kids zone that will feature games, prizes, face painting, and a “mystery wall,” which still remains a mystery to Palumbo.
“I’m not sure what that’s all about, but it sounds like it might be fun,” Palumbo said. “The Interact Club is so enthusiastic and they’re so great with the kids. I don’t think anyone will be disappointed if their bring their kids to the fair for sure.”
The Fall Faire has been hosted in Golden by the museum for 12 years, and got its start in collaboration with the Stompdown that is held at the Mount 7 Rec Plex skate park each year on the same weekend. They worked hard with the Stompdown organizers to provide a fun fair for the town, but took a few years’ hiatus to regroup and work out an independent Faire at the museum location.
“It’s something Golden has celebrated for a long time, it’s an end of season fair of some sort,” Palumbo said.
The first fall fair in Golden began around 1912, and grew over the years. Eventually, the original fall Faire organizers built an agricultural hall to house all of the items that needed to be judged.
“In that day it included things like horse racing, and they judged animals and hay, and everything that you could imagine that an agricultural community could bring forward,” she said. “They had midway games and so forth that were part of the day. It has been going on for a really long time off and on.”
Some of the reason that the Fall Faire has changed over the century has been the changes in community groups that have hosted the annual event.
“People run out of energy, and you have to have a hiatus of a few years before someone else with that energy will come along,” she said.
For a number of years, the fair was held in Parson. Eventually, it migrated back into Golden.
“We’re happy to be involved with it,” Palumbo said.
This Saturday, people are reminded to bring a lawn chair if they want guaranteed seating for the festivities. Palumbo is crossing her fingers that it won’t rain this year like it did last year, but she is certain people will enjoy the day either way.