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A cool time at Strawberry Days

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Strawberry Days is always filled with all-American snapshots of life. This year, there’s a new batch of memories.

There’s Miss Strawberry Days contestant Cassie Carlson kissing her grandfather Lloyd Carlson before competing Friday night.

There’s local kids Kelsey Clapper and Jessie Stasinos eating strawberry pie in the traditional – and messy – pie eating contest.

There’s weary toddlers and wearier parents pushing baby strollers up and down Grand Avenue, and crowds of revelers laughing and dancing at the Main Stage.

The 106th Strawberry Days is as popular as it’s ever been, even with a location adjustment that separated Sayre Park festivities from the carnival rides.

Brown’s Amusement from Mesa, Ariz., is in the midst of its fourth year of supplying carnival rides at Strawberry Days. This year, because of the new St. Stephen’s Catholic Church construction, the carnival is between the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 offices and Glenwood Springs High School.

Strawberry Days, with all its live music, food booths and arts and crafts vendors, remains at Sayre “Strawberry” Park.

The separation of the two events hasn’t seemed to dampen spirits at either venue.

Spinning at the carnival

At the carnival, the average height of humans milling around seemed to level off at around four feet, combining dazed parents searching for their ride-happy children.

Lee Jensen, 10, was taking a break at a lemonade stand in the middle of the carnival grounds Saturday afternoon.

“I’d have to say Scat is my favorite ride,” he said. Scat is one of those centrifugal force rides that plasters riders against its walls as it spins madly around in a circle.

And why Scat?

“It didn’t make me feel very sick, and it didn’t give me a headache,” he said.

Lee’s brother Shawn Jensen, 8, had a different response.

“I like the Gravitron the best,” Shawn said of the UFO saucer-looking apparatus that pretty much does the same centrifugal thing that Scat does, only it’s enclosed in a spaceship-like structure.

And why does Gravitron take top honors for Shawn?

“Nobody threw up in there, and it made me feel pretty good,” he answered.

Action in the park

Over on the somewhat more serene side of town, vendors reported brisk business.

Lynne and Robert Anderson from Montrose had an elegant booth set up with Lynne’s ceramic art.

“I’m gaining shelf space and losing pieces,” she said of sales in Sayre Park. “We’ve done very well here in Glenwood.”

John Toner from Litchfield, Ariz., makes knives, fishing rods and golf clubs from antlers and inlaid stone. He’s been coming to Strawberry Days for 10 years.

“I always do very well here,” he said. “The clientele here is so diverse. I sell everything from little working knives to $2,500 pieces.”

Over at the Main Stage, entertainment started Saturday afternoon.

The Handsome Little Devils – two jugglers and musicians from Ft. Collins – wowed the crowds with banjo playing and juggling, while the New York Street Boys – three high school friends from Denver, combined some truly inspired drumming on old beer kegs, plastic trash cans and hard hats with audience interaction that kept crowds laughing and stomping their feet.

The evening topped off with steel drummer Chris Arpad, followed by Dave Soreff and the Coal Reef Revue, which provided plenty of Jimmy Buffett music to dance the night away.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518


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