50TH ANNUAL CARNATION FESTIVAL | WHEAT RIDGE, COLORADO | Family Fun SINCE 1969

Pancake Breakfast

Saturday (before the parade) from 7:00am to 9:00am at Grange Hall, 3850 High Ct. (behind Wheat Ridge Cyclery).
Breakfast includes ham, eggs, pancakes, coffee and juice. Suggested donation is $6.
Benefits the Grange Foundation.

Spaghetti Dinner

The famous spaghetti dinner, served by the West Metro Fire Rescue takes place on both Friday and Saturday nights from 4:00-8:00pm in the food court.
Cost is $8 for adults & $3 for kids under 12.

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Chili Cook-off

Sign up for the chili cook-off and compete for the title of Carnation Festival Chili Champion (not to mention bragging rights!).
Public chili tasting on Saturday from noon to 3:00pm. Tasting cost is $5.

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Pie Baking Contest

Pie Baking Contest

Is your pie the best in the city? This is your chance to bake what makes Wheat Ridge sweet! Sign up for the baking-off and compete for the Carnation Festival Blue Ribbon.

Bring Pies Friday between  12 - 3:00 pm. Judging will start at 3:30 p.m. Pie slices will be available from 6 p.m. until all pie is gone.

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Chili, Spaghetti, Wine, Beer & Pie Oh My!

Food choices will abound at the 50th Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival.  In addition to the vendors on the festival grounds, there will be food events and tents for the whole family to enjoy.        

A traditional Spaghetti Dinner will be served both nights, August 9th and 10th. The dinner is the longest-lived event of the festival and is so big that it has its own tent. It will be served 4–8 pm in the food court area, which is near the Beer Garden, so the two most popular food treats will be next to each other. (If you have any German heritage, you know that beer is considered a food for adults and is almost as necessary as bread.) The dinner benefits the Colorado Professional Firefighters Foundation, and two dozen volunteers from West Metro Fire Rescue will work in shifts to feed the crowds.

The Beer Garden, despite the name, will not be limited to beer and will offer a wide variety of beverages for the entire family. There are two locations: one near the Main Stage and one in the center of the Food Court. Beer (aka liquid bread) and wine will be available. The Wheat Ridge Rotary Club has teamed up with Budweiser and Breckenridge Brewery to offer a great selection. Craft beers and wine will be available for $6 each, with Bud and Bud Lite for $5. Water and soft drinks will be available for $1 each. This is the only major fundraising event for the Rotary Club each year. Funds raised at the festival will remain in the community by way of scholarships and funds for local non-profit organizations.

On August 10th the 10th annual Chili Cook-off will be held in the spaghetti dinner tent from 12-3pm. If you have never been to a chili cook-off, you are in for a tasty and heated treat. There will be trophies and prizes for the top three cooks in both the red and the green categories, with one overall People’s Choice prize.  Public tasting is five dollars ($5). Children younger than six are free. This charity event is sponsored by Wheat Ridge Poultry and tasting fees will benefit the Wheat Ridge Community Foundation.

Another great Wheat Ridge tradition is the Pancake Breakfast held on Saturday morning before the Carnation Festival parade. The breakfast, 7-9 am, includes ham, eggs, pancakes, coffee and juice. There is no cost but a $6 donation per person is always welcome and greatly appreciated. The breakfast is a chance to meet and greet neighbors at the Wheat Ridge Grange Hall.  It is also the perfect time to view a fine historical building while filling up on carbs that will sustain you throughout the parade. Funds raised from the breakfast will help the Wheat Ridge Grange continue the exceptional work that it does with youth in the community.

To polish off the day, check out the 2nd annual Pie Competition.  Last year, competitors ranged from 16 to 90 years of age and all the pies were sweet/fruit pies.  This year, there will be two categories: sweet and savory, and extra judges have been invited to participate.  To compete for the blue ribbon go to www.thecarnationfestival.com/events-entertainment/specialtyfood for application and instructions.  Bring pies to the food court main tent on Friday, August 9th from 3-4 pm.  The public is invited to bid on the pies after the judging is complete.

Contest Entry Forms

Enter Chili Cook-off

  • Have a good chili recipe? Prove it! Enter the Carnation Festival Chili Cook-off. Date of Cook-off is Saturday, August 11, 2018. Cook-off will take place in the large tent north of the carnival in the soccer fields from noon to 3pm. Entry fee is $15 for 1 and $20 for 2. Prizes and trophies awarded in both categories (not to mention bragging rights!). Complete rules will be emailed upon submission and the Chili Cook Set-up Packets will be emailed 2 weeks prior to event.
  • $15 entry fee for one.
    $20 for two.

    Make checks payable to:

    Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival

    Mail to:

    Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival
    Attn: Chili Cook Off
    PO Box 1511
    Wheat Ridge, CO 80034

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Enter Homemade Pie Contest

  • Rules and Information

    • Contest is open to all and no entry fee is required.
    • Pies must be homemade and entered in the name of the person who baked it.
    • Any dessert pie, from blueberry and Rhubarb to Pecan and Buckeye, from single crust to double crust, all are welcome!
    • Each Pie must be made from scratch and based in a 9 inch pie plate/pan. Each pie must include a cover.
    • Entered pies become the property of the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival. If you do not mind losing you pan, you are welcome to bake the pie in a regular pie pan otherwise please use a disposable pan. Should you use a regular pie pan, please put your name, address and phone number on the pan and we will try to return it.
    • Pies must be checked in at Anderson Park between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, on Friday Aug. 10. Pie judging will start at 4:30 pm. Entries will be judged on appearance, texture, taste and creativity. Judges do not know the entrants’ names until after the judging is complete.
    • A copy of your pie recipe, on a 3x5 card or 8x11 paper, with ingredients for both crust and filling.
    • Winners will be notified after judging.
    • All pies will be sliced and sold to the general public following judging.
    • Questions: Ruth Baranowski, 720-258-6445, carnationfestinfo@gmail.com
  • Prizes

    • First Place Ribbon, $50
    • Second Place Ribbon, $25
    • Third Place Ribbon, $10
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