Typically, the fall season kicks off Labor Day weekend with the Annual Windsor Harvest Festival. Due to restrictions placed on large gatherings by the State, this year’s festivities will look different but will remain a fun-filled weekend with family-friendly opportunities including hot air balloon launches, a yard decorating contest, a Doggie Dip, and free entertainment scheduled throughout the weekend.
“We hate to imagine this year without the Harvest Festival, however, due to the limitations we are all facing with regards to keeping ourselves and our neighbors healthy and safe, we feel it is best to postpone or change all of our normal activities and events this year. We’re excited to be able to watch the hot-air balloons take flight and hope that everyone enjoys the activities the Town of Windsor Parks, Recreation & Culture Department has planned. The Windsor Harvest Festival plans to be back better than ever to celebrate our 100th year in 2021 and can’t wait to welcome everyone back,” says Harvest Festival Chairman Casey Johnson.
Although it’s not an all-inclusive list of everything that’s happening, here’s a sampling of what some folks might enjoy:
- Saturday through Monday mornings with hot air balloon launches at 6 a.m., weather permitting. Balloons will depart from several locations this year including Eastman Park, Boardwalk Park, Coyote Gulch Park, Northern Lights Park, Highlands Park, and Windshire Park. Viewers are encouraged to watch from their homes or cars or physically distance at the park.
- Residents can celebrate Labor Day at home with Windsor Harvest Festival Porch Party Kits. Each participant will receive festive decorations, a craft, recipe ideas, and a suggested schedule of events for the whole weekend. The cost is $5 per kit. Kits can be purchased at recreationliveshere.com/RecReg and picked up at the Community Recreation Center on Sept. 3 and 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.
- Saturday includes the Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Boardwalk Park. Market visitors are asked to avoid lingering and are encouraged to wear a face covering.
- The Windsor History Museum (formerly known as Boardwalk Park Museum) will also be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are recommended for groups larger than 10 and can be made by calling 970-674-3502 or online at https://bit.ly/WindsorMuseum.
- Sunday includes a free outdoor movie in the park at 8 p.m. at Boardwalk Park. To limit the crowd to 175 people, movie goers must register at recreationliveshere.com/Movies.
- Sunday also includes a Doggie Dip at Chimney Park Pool, 425 Chimney Park Dr., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per dog. Dogs must be fully vaccinated. Doggie Dip is sponsored by Garden Valley Vet Hospital. Participants can register for one-hour time slots at recreationliveshere.com/RecReg. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Aug. 31.
Labor Day events and activities are subject to change per potential COVID-19 restrictions.
For more information about the Windsor Harvest Festival, including this year’s complete schedule of Town of Windsor events, visit recreationliveshere.com/HarvestFestival.