Countdown to Strawberry Days 2006 |

Countdown to Strawberry Days 2006

On June 18, 1898, it all started, and Strawberry Days has become a June tradition for Glenwood Springs ever since. Here are some of the historic highlights from Strawberry Days through the years.1921 A 12-mile automobile road race from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs attracted interest. Lamar Ikeler, in a Buick roadster, won the event with a time of 15 minutes, 40 seconds. A Strawberry Day street wedding did not materialize due to the absence of the bride, groom and minister. A new attraction, a baby show, drew a number of contestants, with the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Beltz winning first prize for contestants under 18 months of age.1922 “California Frank” with his bucking broncos, steer riding, steer bulldogging, trick shooting and Napolean the Dancing Horse, brought rodeo to Strawberry Day. 1923 Airplane stunt flying, a parachute leap, wing-walking and illuminated night flying were added Strawberry Day attractions.1924 For the third consecutive year, rodeo continued to be a major Strawberry Day attraction. Local horsewoman Tommy Thompson awed spectators with her stunt riding. For the first time in the festival’s history, Strawberry Day visitors were described in the local media. On that year, the Glenwood Post newspaper wrote, “The motley throng of exquisitely dressed tourists; dark-skinned Mexicans; babies with crisp pink bonnets; lean, hard-faced men, recruits doubtless of the hill hidden cattle ranches; fat, domestic eyed women; slim, giggling girls and their ruddy faced escorts bound for the merry-go-round and the Ferris wheel with their whirling splendors; businessmen, whose efforts to relax their facial muscles are rewarded with varying degrees of success; cowboys in their distinctive regalia of rose sateen shirts, flowing chaps, large-brimmed hats, and boots bristling with spurs; bright faced little girls twirling souvenir purses; small boys bent on certain advance variety of mischief in which matches, explosions and screams are accompaniments; and ever inseparably intermingles with all this human stream are the buzz of voices and a veritable doit of colors, vying in their oriental splendor with a Colorado rainbow.” 1925 Sleeping accommodations were maxed to capacity by hoards of Strawberry Day guests. Additionally, restaurants and hotels did all they could to feed the masses of hungry people. It was reported that no street arrests were made during the festival, not one intoxicated person was seen, and fewer street vendors and con artists tried to profit from the event than in years past.Compiled by the Frontier Historical Society.

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