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Looking ahead by looking backward

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The Daily Sentinel – When something has been around for 25 years or more, it’s hard not to take it for granted. By that time, whether it’s an event or an amenity, it’s become a fixture in the community and it’s hard to remember that it was once a fledgling entity with an uncertain future.

The Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade has provided a transformative experience to this community. It didn’t exist in 1990, but was just voted the best wine festival in America according to USA Today’s 10 Best Website.

The inaugural festival was a single-day event featuring four wineries posted strategically around Palisade’s Town Park and drew a couple hundred people.

Today the festival events span four days and features around 60 Colorado wineries. The signature Festival in the Park attracts nearly 6,000 attendees…

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