GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Cattle pots, pickups, trailers, and other small trucks gathered at Kokopelli Fruit for the 2nd annual Trail of Trailers event hosted by the Mesa County Farm Bureau and the Mesa County Cattleman’s Association. The agricultural and livestock industries are a keystone of the Grand Valley’s economy, with a history going back to the very foundation of Grand Junction over 140 years ago.

According to event organizer, Janie Vanwinkle, annual crop sales in Mesa County average $45 million with fruit sales at $22 million and livestock sales roughly exceeding $48 million. The parade was the perfect way to bring awareness to the importance of agriculture and the impact is has on Mesa County’s economy.

“There’s a lot of wildlife habitat that farmers and ranchers are responsible for – so there’s a lot of good things that agriculture brings to our communities and this is a chance to just focus on that and let our community know that we are alive and well here,” says Beef Producer, Janie Vanwinkle.

The parade began in Cameo, went through Palisade and Clifton – down North Avenue ending at Mesa Mall with a community barbecue for all who participated.