Celebrating Glenwood’s rich history
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The historic theme of this year’s Strawberry Days Festival is hard to miss.
Saturday’s Strawberry Days Parade in downtown Glenwood Springs celebrated the history of our town with floats, candy, music and some celebrated people.
This year’s parade featured four Grand Marshals, Lyle Beattie, 86, Ellen Quigley, 96, Beth Hinds, 92, and Ada Williams, 96.
The Grand Marshals all have lived in Glenwood Springs for at least 40 years. Marianne Virgili, President and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, said they wanted the Grand Marshals to fit the historic theme of the weekend.
“We wanted to get some that contributed to the fabric of the community,” Virgili said. “It’s very fitting for the 125th birthday.”
Beth Hinds has lived in the area for 90 years, and she used to run the Farnum Mortuary with her family. She said she loves Glenwood and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
“I love the pool,” she said. “I’ve been going for 90 years, and I still go twice a week.”
Hinds also said she has gone to nearly every Strawberry Days and she still enjoys it.
“I like the parade,” she said, “the beauty queens, and the floats. It’s like I’m in third grade.”
Along with Hinds, Ada Williams is also a frequent Hot Springs Pool visitor. She said she has been attending water aerobics and yoga for the past 22 years.
Williams said she had to work a lot in the first 20 years, at her family’s laundromat and the City Market, so she wasn’t able to attend a lot of the Strawberry Days celebrations.
However, she said she’s been to the last 20 Strawberry Days, and her favorite part is he parade.
“It’s a celebration of Glenwood,” she said. “It’s also a time when family gets together.”
Ellen Quigley, who’s lived in Glenwood since 1945, said she has attended the Strawberry Days festival ever since she came to town.
“We always used to watch at the old St. Stephen’s Church [on 10th and Grand Ave.],” she said.
“It used to be the park and parade,” she said of her favorite part. “We always knew somebody in it, and the kids lived for it, we had to go to the carnival and the parade.”
Quigley, along with her late husband Dan, donated land from their ranch in Spring Valley to Colorado Mountain College to start the Spring Valley Campus. Colorado Mountain College’s Quigley Library is named in her family’s honor.
Lyle Beattie also has contributed to Glenwood’s history. He is Glenwood’s oldest living former mayor, and oldest living Chairman of the Board for the chamber of commerce. He was chairman in 1957, and was a two-term mayor in the 1960s.
Beattie said that he enjoys Strawberry Days and what it does for the city.
“The fact that it’s as old as it is, and how Glenwood and Strawberry Days is synonymous, they just go together,” he said. “That is my favorite part about the festival.”
Beattie also compared himself to the other Grand Marshals, joking about his age.
“I’m just a total junior to these guys,” he said.
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