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All aboard Strawberry Days 2004

For three days in June every year, Glenwood Springs deviates from its unique, warm, small-town charm for the restless feel of city life.More than 30,000 people flocked to Glenwood Springs last weekend for the 107th annual Strawberry Days celebration at Sayre Park.Most of all its a homecoming week for people who grew up here. Sometimes thats the only time you see people, Deb Markiecki said.There seemed to be something for everyone as herds of people flocked to the park to explore this years entertainment, food and shopping.Food court had the usual favorites: Mr. Lemonaid, buffalo bratwurst, Slinkee Taters, Philadelphia cheese steak and Navajo tacos, among others.Artisans booths featured an extensive selection of merchandise from artwork to woodworking. Its top quality this year, Molly Gerbaz said.Karen Hartfield traveled from Montana to sell handmade Raffia hats: a unisex hat made of palm that breathes and folds. Colorado is a hat state! she said.And we know why: With temperamental bouts of rain, lightning and sunshine, you needed that Raffia hat.Not that anyone let a little rain keep them from a variety of acts whose musical styles ranged from high-energy rock n roll and R&B funk to the unified sounds of the 101st Army Band along with some traditional jazz.Local band Mack Daddy opened the festival with its groovy guitar melodies and unique vocal blends. This year, the music venues were free to the public, a gesture appreciated by many festival goers.In the end, everyone survived our stint of city life. And though some people are already anticipating next years event, others, when Monday rolled around, were just glad to have our little town back.

From left, Jill Bullock of Glenwood is deputy of transportation in the security administration for the Department of Homeland Security in Aspen and Helen Miranda of Carbondale works for Dr. Barbro Pilch.

The Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Wildcat Cheerleaders float featured, from left, Casey Fleming, 10; Jenna Pearce, 8; and Corinne Passey, 10, who all attend Glenwood Springs Elementary School.



Some members of the Hot Strings Band, from left, Ann Klenda of Ft. Morgan; Mary Ellen Denomy of Battlement Mesa; Bobbi Skyler of

Back row from left, Calder Morrison and Jacob Edwards are both 10 and attend Glenwood Springs Elementary School; in the middle is Connor Edwards, 3; and in front are Gloria and Rich Edwards, who own Fire Ready of Glenwood Springs.



Some of the KMTS crew, from left, Kathy Yost of New Castle is an administrative assistant; Ron Milhorn of Rifle is news and sports director; Annick Pruett of Rifle is account executive; and Brian Bark of New Castle is board operator.

The Arabian gypsies from Abbey Carpet Store, from left, Karyle Johnson, Angelle Weller and Michelle Smith, all of Glenwood.

From left, Amanda Chenoweth, 9; Melanie Chenoweth, 8; Wendy Chenoweth is a full-time mom; and Melinda Chenoweth, 8, all of Rifle. The girls are home-schooled.

Gregg Rippy campaign staff from left, Andrea Kemp of Glenwood is an artist, Stephanie Onorofskie of Glenwood is an engineer at Sopris Engineering, and Angie Onorofskie of Glenwood is campaign finance director.


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