Fasten your seatbelts for Strawberry Days fun
Glenwood Springs’ first strawberry picnic more than 100 years ago was a small neighborly gathering, a chance to get reacquainted with old friends and make new ones. It was an opportunity to share the bounty of the strawberry harvest and celebrate the warm days ahead.Today, Strawberry Days is one of Colorado’s longest standing civic festivals and attracts thousands of locals and visitors alike. The city of Glenwood Springs and Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association proudly present the 106th annual Strawberry Days festival Friday through Sunday, June 20-22, at Sayre “Strawberry” Park.From a colorful parade down Grand Avenue at 10 a.m. on Saturday, to an Artisans Fair, top-notch entertainment on the Rocky Mountain Home Loans Main Stage, the Glenwood Springs Ford FamilyFest and, of course, free strawberries and ice cream courtesy of Glenwood Springs Ford, Strawberry Days sums up the friendly character of Glenwood Springs.This year’s theme, “Strawberries in Paradise,” is a salute to Jimmy Buffett’s summer-lovin’ music and laid-back style. Commemorative 2003 Strawberry Days Hawaiian shirt are now available for the early bird price of $25. They’ll be priced at $30 at the park during the festivities. All shirts have a small embroidered Strawberry Days 2003 logo on the left side. The best shirt selection is at the chamber office, at 11th and Grand downtown. Limited styles are also available at Anderson’s Clothing, 826 Grand Ave., and at Safeway. An island themeDave Soreff & The Coral Reef Revue, delivering a Jimmy Buffett experience and an entire island attitude of party, fun and song, will headline this year’s main stage concerts, which also feature the bands Go Naked, the Red Elvises and Chris Daniels & The Kings.The Artisans Fair features more than 150 juried crafts booths from across the country. All crafts are American handmade items, including hand-wrought jewelry, hand-thrown and painted pottery, mouth-blown art glass, fine woodwork from furniture to accessories, custom quilts, and leather goods.KidsFest is being renamed Glenwood Springs Ford FamilyFest to more accurately reflect the family style entertainment. FamilyFest entertainment will take place on the main stage to accommodate bigger and better acts. As always, families can also enjoy a petting zoo, face-painting, juggling and magic acts, pony rides, strolling clowns and troubadors.Carnival moves to high school parking lotDue to construction of St. Stephen’s Church, the 2003 Strawberry Days Carnival will be held just a short walk from Sayre “Strawberry Park,” at 14th Street and Grand Avenue, in the parking lot between Glenwood Springs High School and the Roaring Fork School District office.Brown’s Amusement family-style carnival, midway and exciting kiddy and big rides are back by popular demand. The carnival opens Thursday, June 19 at 4 p.m. and runs through Sunday, June 22.All-day ride tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Individual ride tickets will also be for sale at the carnival site. The discounted tickets are currently available in Glenwood Springs at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Rocky Mountain Home Loans, Safeway, the Watersweeper & the Dwarf and at Alpine Banks of Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Aspen, Eagle and Carbondale. Strawberry Shortcut footrace this SundayFor runners, Strawberry Days kicks off Sunday, June 15, with the 26th annual Strawberry Shortcut. The 10-kilometer race starts at 7 a.m., followed by the 5K race at 8:15 a.m. and the fun run at 9:30 a.m. The 5K and 10K start at Centennial Park, at 9th and Grand in downtown Glenwood Springs, and end under the Grand Avenue Bridge on 7th Street.The fun run starts and finishes from under the Grand Avenue Bridge on 7th Street.For information, see today’s Sports section, page A19, or visit strawberrydaysfestival.com.
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