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Countdown to Strawberry Days

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.1927 Chicago gangster Diamond Jack Alterie proclaimed himself Grand Marshall of the year’s Strawberry Day Parade. His proclamation produced apprehension by possible parade participants. Chairman Carl Fulghum, in an effort to boost participation, placed official notice that Diamond Jack would not lead the parade.1930 The first Strawberry Day held since the 1929 Stock Market Crash. Attendance was down, with the cause placed on poor weather prior to the festival; streets in Glenwood Springs being torn up in preparation for paving; and, due to the drought, farmers using the time to make their best use of irrigation water.1932 Boxing and wresting events were added to the Strawberry Day entertainment offerings.1937 Rodeo and movie star Montie Montana, with “Rex the Wonder Horse,” performed at the Strawberry Day Rodeo. 1942 The inability to obtain good entertainment, in conjunction with a shortage of ice cream and cake, forced the cancellation of Strawberry Day. Because of World War II, Strawberry Day was also cancelled in 1943, 1944, 1945 and 1946, with other forms of celebration, such as a Soap Box Derby competition, taking its place.1947 Billed as “The Best in History,” Strawberry Day resumed. The queen contest is revived, with a bathing suit competition added. The winner of the queen contest received a new Bulova watch for her efforts.1950 Approximately 3,500 people were served strawberries, cake and ice cream at Strawberry Day. The scheduled fireman’s water races on Grand Avenue were postponed due to a grass fire breaking out along the railroad tracks behind the Silver Spruce Motor Lodge. Firemen extinguished the blaze and returned to compete in the races held on Grand Avenue.1951 Glenwood’s 49th annual Strawberry Day closed with a power boat race on the Colorado River near Hanging Lake. Billed as a leisurely family outing, it was estimated that 680 automobiles carrying 3,500 spectators lined the Glenwood Canyon highway during the event.Compiled by the Frontier Historical Society.


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