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Harvest Days festival in Colorado brings together families, vintage tractor enthusiasts

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Festival organizers noted that there was a significant increase in attendance in the last several years, as visitors have come from all over to see the farm animals and participate in wagon rides led by antique John Deere tractors.
Festival organizers noted that there was a significant increase in attendance in the last several years, as visitors have come from all over to see the farm animals and participate in wagon rides led by antique John Deere tractors.

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) hosted its annual Harvest Days festival on October 15, at the historic Lowell Ranch located right outside of Castle Rock, Colorado, the Fence Post reported.

Festival organizers noted that there was a significant increase in attendance in the last several years, as visitors have come from all over to see the farm animals and participate in wagon rides led by antique John Deere tractors, according to the news source.

"When (Harvest Days) first started five years ago, it was really the Douglas County ranch folks coming," Brooke Fox, president and chief executive for CALF, told the news source. "But it has really transitioned to suburbia, which is exactly what we want to do. We don't want to preach to the choir."

She noted that the increased attendance could help the organization grow, something that could help to spread their agricultural message.

The CALF organization has a stated mission of "Connecting People to Agriculture" though the use of educational programs, community projects and special events, according to the organization's website.  

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