An estimated crowd of 5,846 filled Riverbend Park in Palisade on Saturday for the annual Colorado Mountain Winefest presented by First National Bank of the Rockies, setting a new 22-year attendance high.

The number represents a total more than twice the town of Palisade’s population of 2,700.

“This festival takes over Palisade and the Grand Valley, putting our unique culture and wine industry on display,” said Cassidee Shull, the executive director of the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology, the non-profit organization that organizes Winefest. “We love to see the tremendous support of Colorado wine from all across the state.”

The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau estimates the festival — which is the busiest tourist weekend of the year for the Grand Valley — creates between $750,000-$1 million in economic impact..

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