Crested Butte Vinotok Festival Photos

Vinotok Crested Butte Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

CRESTED BUTTE, CO – Some say the tiny town of Crested Butte is Colorado’s last true “ski town”. For the last 25 years each fall around the autumn equinox local residents and visiting tourist have come together to celebrate Crested Butte Vinotok. The word Vinotok means a fall festival in the Slovenian language, and celebrates the community of Crested Butte’s eastern European heritage and love of a good party.

Vinotok was founded in 1985 by Marcie Telander and a band of colorful Crested Butte old-timers. The fall festival features the harvest homecoming, a storytelling celebration, and the crowd favorite the burning of the “Grump” combing to make one of the last truly European-style, all-village celebrations in America. This makes your Oktoberfest look like child’s play..Seriously

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

On Saturday night at Vinotok was coming to a close the streets of Crested Butte were packed with locals dressed in amazing costumes, a throwback to times of yesteryear’s, way way back.

A trial was held on Elk Ave in the heart of CB with the Grump being found guilty “I think” and was sentenced to burn. There was so much going on that honestly you just have to experience it for yourself, words don’t do justice.

From here everyone walked down Elk ave, with torches blazing and singing songs that I wish I knew.. The Grump was dragged into the center of the wood pile which easily extended 20-25 feet above the ground. In days prior to the festival locals residents were encourage to write their personal grievances on paper and thrown into the fire with the grump on the final night.

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

The fire erupted over the Crested Butte sky, with flames dancing to the energy of the crowd. The Grumps eyes were glowing as he went up in smoke. It then got warm, really warm as the heat from the massive fire made everyone take a few steps back. Fire dancers taunted the Grump and entertained the crowd, Drummers kept the trance feel of the festival with heavy beats going late into the night.

Vinotok is something you really must experience first hand, just remember to drive slow in town and be nice and kind to the locals. This town has some serious soul..

If anyone has more details on the festival please let us know..

Crested Butte Vintok Pictures

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Crested Butte Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

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Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Vinotok Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

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2 Comments on "Crested Butte Vinotok Festival Photos"

  1. Dear Mountain Weekly News—

    Thank you for your joyous, and somewhat bemused article on our 25th Anniversary VINOTOK and great Mike Hardaker photos of our All-Villagers’ Harvest, Homemade, funkadelic event! I have the privilege and the pleasure of having created this festival with our Crested Butte originals, foremothers and forefathers. And, I am enjoying it for the 25th year with my favorite people and soulful tribe. I would be pleased to offer more info, images, and exchanges about participants personal Vinotok adventures and experiences. We have our own mythology, our own traditions and our own sacred intentions and roles around this event. Not even burning man (which was influenced by Vinotok) has the grassroots joy and generosity of Spirit which Vinotok has preserved and still maintains. Please visit our FaceBook Vinotok Page or my website. Blessings and Burn that Grump! Marcie

    • Marcie,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, your town is amazing. I will be in touch next fall to get the inside scoop and maybe join in on the celebrations…

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