The air is beginning to feel a bit crisper in the morning, leaves are changing and the football season just kicked off — all indications that fall is nearing. But in Lakewood, an annual event that …
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The air is beginning to feel a bit crisper in the morning, leaves are changing and the football season just kicked off — all indications that fall is nearing. But in Lakewood, an annual event that draws thousands of people over a weekend is a more localized sign of fall.
Lakewood's Cider Days celebration is returning for a 44th year on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 801 S. Yarrow St. The traditional celebration is Lakewood's signature event and features fun for people of all ages.
Here are five things to know about this year's Cider Days.
Free parking can be found at the Lakewood Heritage Center at 801 S. Yarrow St., along South Yarrow Street, in the Tedford Business Office Complex located at 777 S. Wadsworth Blvd, the Lakewood Cultural Center at 470 S. Allison Pkwy and the Lakewood Police Department at 445 S. Allison Pkwy.
Advanced adult admission is $6, while child admission costs $5. Day of adult admission is $8. For $30 in advance of the event, attendees can purchase a hard cider tasting ticket. It comes with open tasting of over 50 hard ciders, a commemorative tasting glass and general admission. Hard cider tasting tickets can also be purchased at the event for $38.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 303-987-7845 or by visiting https://lakewood.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=481. They'll also be sold at the Lakewood Heritage Center visitor center and at the Lakewood Cultural Center box office. Tickets can also be purchased during the festival.
Cider Days is a way to celebrate Lakewood's rich agriculture history. Many people came out to Colorado to mine in the 1800s, but failed — leading to them taking up agriculture. Currants, apples and plums once blossomed throughout the city before it became what it is today.
To celebrate its history, historic demonstrations will be on display all throughout Cider Days including blacksmithing, wood carving, lace making, crocheting, quilting, knitting, butter churning and more.
Fun for everyone
Cider Days is family friendly and a great way to spend a fall day with the kids. There will be a kids craft zone, burro rides, petting zoo, magician and balloon artist, train rides, trick pig show, horse-drawn wagon and pie eating contest. All of the children amusements are included with admission.
Live entertainment will be on display all throughout Cider Days, and the Rocky Mountain Tractor Pullers Association will host Colorado's largest tractor pull.
Cider Days wouldn't be complete without cider. There will be hard cider as well as nonalcoholic cider. Attendees will have a chance to make their own cider with an apple press.
Beer and wine from local entities like WestFax Brewing Company, Great Frontier Brewing Company, Old 121 Brewhouse, Green Mountain Beer Company and Landlocked Ales will be on sale.
Apples and more apples
Outside of cider, other apple treats like apple pie, donuts, turnovers, fritters and other apple treats will be available.
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