Arvada Colorado is a Colorado city with a lot to offer. Arvada was incorporated in 1904. It covers 35 square miles and has a population of just over 100,000 people. Arvada, CO is located just outside of Denver. It is not too far from Denver International Airport, Downtown Denver, or many of Colorado's mountain communities. Arvada, CO can be reached via three interstate highways: I-70, I-76, and I-25.
Arvada is known for its beautiful views of lakes, mountains, and valleys. Arvada is part of the park and trail system that links downtown Denver to the foothills. Arvada prides itself on maintaining a hometown feel. Arvada, CO has a strong historical culture and a strong sense of community pride. This sets the foundation for a town that enjoys the comforts of today's society mixed with the best the past has to offer. Arvada is known for its quiet neighborhoods, varied business mix, and its continued commitment to restoring historic landmarks. Each of these characteristics makes the Arvada community vibrant and healthy.
Of all of the cities in the Denver metro area, Arvada is known to be one of the most progressive. Arvada, CO enjoys a strong civic leadership that comprehends, upholds and values the balance of a positive business climate and a quality of life and community progress.
For a city rich is history, one of Arvada's most popular annual celebrations is the Arvada Harvest Festival. This festival has just celebrated 80 years in the community. The Arvada Harvest Festival has been a tradition in the community since 1925. The very first festival was held on October 17, 1925. It was named the Strawberry Festival. The festival was designed to commemorate the first paved road from Denver to Arvada.
However, there was a terrible snowstorm the Friday before that first Festival was supposed to be held. The Governor, Mayor of Denver, and the County Commissioners were unable to make it to the festival due to the treaterous weather conditions. Many of the townsfolk, along with the milkmaids who provided cream for the strawberries, shoveled off the area for the celebration to take place. Dates were chosen to accommodate the harvest of "what was then" a primarily farming community. Around 1929 the date was changed to a date earlier in the year because of winter weather considerations.
There were only three times in the 80 years that the Arvada Harvest Festival was not held. Once during the depression, once during World War II, and once because of a polio scare.
The three day Arvada Harvest Festival is the second oldest continuous community event held in Colorado. The Arvada Harvest Festival is an entirely volunteer committee grass roots efforts. It is co-sponsored by the Arvada Jaycees and the Arvada Harvest Festival Committee.
There are many activites and events that comprise the Arvada Harvest Festival. The events reach out to individuals of all ages and intersts. Events at the Arvada Harvest Festival include such things as: parades, a food fair, over 100 booths, a spelling bee, pie eating contest, talent show, kid zone, garden harvest fair, harvest festival run, associated modelers air show, Arvada Rotary Duck Derby, movies in the park, and a variety of entertainment events.
For a city strong on tradition, yet modern in its understanding and vision of business and community, Arvada, CO offers many things. Arvada is one of many great cities in the state of Colorado.