All fired up for my first Strawberry Days weekend |

All fired up for my first Strawberry Days weekend

I’m a 34-year-old Strawberry Days virgin.

My three-year anniversary of living in the valley is approaching, and I have to admit I’ve never been to the Strawberry Days festival.

I haven’t enjoyed Glenwood’s free strawberries and ice cream in Sayre Park. The pie-eating contest ” albeit tempting because I do love me some pie ” is uncharted territory.

Frivolously spending my hard-earned money at the Artisan’s Fair is as new and wondrous as a first kiss.

The closest I’ve ever come to Strawberry Days was driving through town a couple of years ago when Ted Fiorino’s Tribute to Journey Project was playing. We were returning from a raft trip in Utah, and as we passed by the park I heard a familiar ” and distinctive ” voice.

“Did you just hear that?” I said. “That was totally Steve Perry from Journey. He was singing ‘Don’t Stop Believin’!”

Close, but no cigar.

From what I’ve heard from the locals ’round here, I missed the greatest Journey tribute band to ever play Glenwood Springs that summer.

This small-town girl living in a lonely world will be a bit more faithful to the local festival scene from now on, I promise.

I welcome my first Strawberry Days with open arms.

Strawberry Days Parade, 10 a.m. along Grand Avenue. Information:

Who doesn’t love to relive their childhood days with a grand old parade down old Grand Avenue? Floats, clowns, a barbershop quartet, Shriners on mini motorbikes ” everybody loves a parade. Oh, who am I kidding … I’m there for the free candy.

Strawberry Days Local’s Day, Sayre Park. Information:

Show those fancy Roaring Fork Valley IDs at Sayre Park for a free beer ” or nonalcoholic drink of choice, of course. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Cowboy Attitude plays country favorites perfect for dancing with dad, followed by Tex-Mex and Latin music by Mood Express. That way, both Dad and Mom can get in their cha-cha and merengue.

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