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.

chili-cookoff

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

New in 2018!

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 3 - 4:00 pm. Pie slices will be available for $2 from 6-7 pm

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Chili, Spaghetti, Beer, Wine & Much More Entertain the Palate

It’s time once again, to gather, celebrate and eat the wonderful flowers after which the Carnation Festival is named. No. Wait. Although the carnation offers a unique flavor that enhances the look and taste of salads or desserts, the 2018 Carnation Festival will also offer much more substantial and traditional food options as well.

The Spaghetti Dinner will be served both nights, August 10th and 11th. This dinner is the longest-lived event of the festival and is so big that it has its own tent. It will be served on both Friday and Saturday, 4 – 8 pm in the food court, which is close to the Beer Garden, so the two most popular food treats will be near 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 will benefit 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 offer a wide variety of beverages for the entire family. There will be two locations: one near the Main Stage and the other in the center of the Food Court. Water, diet and regular soft drinks will be available for $1 each. 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 and Bud and Bud Lite for $5. This is the only major fundraising event for the Rotary Club each year. Funds gained at the festival remain in the community by way of scholarships and funds for local non-profit organizations.

On August 11th, the eighth annual Chili Cook-off will be held. 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. Located in the spaghetti dinner tent near the food court, the public can taste and vote, 12 noon – 3pm, with winners being announced at 3:30 pm. You can either share your famous chili with others by competing or use your tastebuds to help determine the winner. This charity event is sponsored by Wheat Ridge Poultry. The tasting fees will benefit the Wheat Ridge Community Foundation.

Another great Wheat Ridge tradition is the pancake breakfast on Saturday morning before the Carnation Festival parade. The breakfast, 7-9 am, will include ham, eggs, pancakes, coffee and juice. There is no required cost but a $6 donation per person is always welcome and greatly appreciated. The breakfast is a chance to meet and greet your neighbors at the Wheat Ridge Grange Hall. If you have never been inside the Grange Hall, 3850 High Court, this is the perfect time to see a fine vintage building while filling up on carbs that will sustain you throughout the parade. Funds will help the Wheat Ridge Grange continue the exceptional work that they do with youth in the community.

To polish off the day, a classic from bygone Carnation Festivals, the 2018 pie-baking contest will bring sweetness to Wheat Ridge. Come try your recipes against your neighbors and compete for that Blue Ribbon designation! Bring pies on Friday, August 10th from 3-4 pm. The Spaghetti Dinner, and the Pie-Baking contest will all be held in the food court main tent. To enter the chili cook-off or pie contest go to thecarnationfestival.com/events-entertainment/specialty-food

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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