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100 years old and going strong

Baron Zahuranec
Rifle Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” When a town comes together for any kind of pie or cake social, you can be sure people will flock to the pie tables. Who wouldn’t?

“After the parade, I jumped in my car to make it back to help the girls with the pies. Before I got to the community house, there was a whole line of cars behind me,” long-time resident Juanita Satterfield said with a laugh as she recalled last year’s fun.

Parachute will celebrate its 100th Grand Valley Days, to the theme of “Grand Valley Proud,” today and Saturday. Among the fun stuff to see and do are rodeos both evenings, a pancake breakfast, street dance, parade and poker run.



And lots of pies.

A pie social will be at the Morrisania Community House. Last year, around 40 pies were made and only one or two were left when Satterfield rushed home to put more in the oven, she said. This year, Satterfield plans to bake more yummy pies, a Dutch apple and maybe a cherry pie.



Many of the pies are made from local fruits, as they have been for many years, Satterfield said.

Grand Valley Days has 100 years of nearly continuous annual summer fun, Satterfield said. The celebration was canceled during wars, but otherwise has been going strong over the years.

“We’re very fortunate that the last few years, a lot of people have shown interest in and participated in the parade and all the other things we’re doing,” she said. “Grand Valley Days keeps our history going.”


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