The Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department Mountain Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, is just
around the corner. Come rain or shine, annual popular free events will include a full day’s lineup of
entertainment and activities for the entire family. Presented live onstage in partnership with the Bohemian
Foundation will be Liz Barnez, Also Known As, Choice City Trio, Sunflowers and Sawdust, and Rusty 44. All
proceeds benefit the 100 percent volunteer, 501(c)(3) donation-funded Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire
Festival favorites include a gigantic used book sale, silent auction, bake sale, plant sale, firefighter dunk tank,
craft and art vendors, food trucks, large covered seating area, and the 2023 RCVFD commemorative T-shirt
booth. Admission, parking, tractor-pulled hayride shuttle to/from the parking area (handicapped parking
section available), musical entertainment, large kid’s activity area, farm animals, educational booths and
demonstrations, and ice cream all are free of charge.
The approximately 35 volunteer RCVFD firefighters provide visitors and residents alike with emergency
response to life and property for medical emergencies, motor vehicle and cyclist accidents, fires, natural
disasters, and all other rescue/emergency situations. The department serves a more than 110 square mile
area that includes Rist Canyon, Stove Prairie, and the Buckhorn, as well as providing mutual aid to an
additional 50 square miles. In 2022 firefighters responded to 72 calls.
“The festival is a unique celebration in support of our dedicated all-volunteer firefighters. We are proud to
provide this unique event for the entire family sharing our beautiful outdoor mountain setting just 14 miles
from downtown Fort Collins and 27 miles from Loveland,” says RCVFD Chief Elsner. “Your support of our
firefighters in their biggest fund-raiser of the year is sincerely appreciated. We look forward to you joining us
at the 2023 RCVFD Mountain Festival!”
We hope you will mark your calendars and plan to bring family and friends to enjoy the festival. For more
to find out how to participate as a vendor (profit or non-profit), volunteer, sponsor, or donor of items to the
silent auction by contacting the Festival Coordinator, H.J. Siegel at HJ@computer.org.