Anticipation grows as annual Strawberry Days approaches |

Anticipation grows as annual Strawberry Days approaches

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Hailed as the oldest continuously held civic celebration west of the Mississippi River, organizers are preparing for the 112th annual Strawberry Days.

The festival will be held June 19-21 at Sayre Park on Grand Avenue. And as with previous festivals fans can expect the annual parade, live music, KidsFest, food, artisan fair and carnival.

This year the theme for the parade is “A Chinese Celebration” featuring the traditional Miss Strawberry Days entourage, community floats, music and more. The parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20.

Friday night the events kick off with a wide range of music and entertainment.

Opie Gone Bad, an energetic funk-rock band kicks off the weekend Friday night. Saturday night, The Informants, 2008 recipients of he Westward Music Showcase Award in the Blues category, will headline. While Sunday will feature AOA (Alive on Arrival) a musical ensemble of vocals, saxophone, keyboards, bass and drums.

KidsFest returns for another year of special activities for the kids including face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, and Vern’s Mini Train.

And of course there will be a plethora of food and the 100 year tradition of free strawberries and ice cream served Saturday at noon in Strawberry Park.

Along with all the festivities, the Artisan Fair will feature artists from all over the country showcasing unique creations.

Glenwood Springs Mall is sponsoring the Brown’s Carnival, which will be in a new location with more rides and more parking.

For more information and a complete schedule of events visit, or call the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at 970-945-6589.

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