cherry days

Joanna Calabrese

Friends, families and neighbors from near and far gathered this Independence Day for the annual Cherry Days Parade through downtown Paonia. From firefighters to fiji-dancers, to clowns and a very-well behaved marching goat, the parade showcased and celebrated the North Fork Valley's diversity and communal spirit. 

KVNF's Joanna Calabrese was on hand to capture that spirit. 

The Carnival at Cherry Days 2012

An altercation between local teens and carnival workers during last year's Cherry Days Celebration in Paonia resulted in the cancelation of the well-beloved carnival this year. KVNF youth reporters spoke to some of the people most concerned about it.


  • Randy Udall, Renewable Energy Advocate, Missing in Wyoming Backcountry
  • Body discovered at Colorado National Monument
  • BLM Announces Public Hearing for Potential Coal Lease from Bowie Resources
  • West Fork Fire Complex grows to 98,000 Acres; Firefighters Continue to Protect Structures
  • Colorado Highway System ranked 41st
  • 67th Annual Paonia Cherry Days Festival Kicks Off with Downtown Day
  • Randy Udall, Renewable Energy Advocate, Still Missing in Wyoming Backcountry
  • Body discovered at Colorado National Monument
  • BLM Announces Public Hearing for Potential Coal Lease from Bowie Resources
  • West Fork Fire Complex grows to 98,000 Acres; Firefighters Continue to Protect Structures
  • Colorado Highway System Ranked 41st
  • 67th Annual Paonia Cherry Days Festival Kicks Off with Downtown Day

KVNF looks into the Cherry Days parade tank incident that made national news.  Sid Lewis, the protester, Lee White, the tank driver and community members share their thoughts.

For KVNF and iSeeChange, Julia Kumari Drapkin goes to the streets during the Cherry Days festival  to find out what changes people are seeing this summer.