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Glenwood enjoys fruit of Chamber’s efforts

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

When life gives Vicky Daulton lemons, she makes jam and syrup.The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s new signature strawberry jam and strawberry wine syrup is Daulton’s brainchild. The products are made from small, wild strawberries grown between rows of peach trees on a Palisade fruit farm – with a distinctive ingredient.”They’re a nice, down-home operation. We developed the labeling, and they tweaked the recipe for us,” said Daulton, chamber vice president of special events. “They made it as an exclusive recipe for us by adding lemon juice.”The jam and syrup are made from all-natural ingredients – strawberries, sugar and lemon juice – and are packaged in old-fashioned jars and bottles.

“I’d been doing research on it and contacted several companies,” Daulton said. “They really fit in with what we’re about. We wanted (the products) to look homey, with a Glenwood look to them.”The final jam product was selected after Daulton’s fifth tasting.”This one I really liked because it’s all-natural. Also, it was the consistency, and the look of the jars,” she said. “Some of (the jams) were really, really sweet, some had a lot of preservatives. I really like the fact that they don’t look commercialized.”Just in time for the 109th annual Strawberry Days festival, the fruit-laden souvenirs recently debuted at the Chamber’s new Glenwood Store at 1102 Grand Ave. The store also offers shirts, hats, water bottles, bags, coolers and lapel pins – all with new Glenwood Springs logos designed in-house.

“For several years we thought we should have a store,” Chamber president Marianne Virgili said. “We have 10,000 visitors a month during the summer months. This is a way to have visitors go away with something special from Glenwood, and hopefully bring in some revenue for the Chamber.”Virgili said she hopes the store also attracts locals.”We do bulk orders for weddings for souvenirs,” she said. “We can customize the labels of the jam and syrup for special occasions.”The signature jam and syrup is available year-round at the Glenwood Store and this weekend at the Chamber’s Strawberry Days booth. The syrup will have a strong presence at the Rotary’s annual Strawberry Days pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Sunday. Prices for the products are: 16-ounce jam $7.95; 9-ounce jam $5.95; and 12-ounce syrup $6.95.

And jam and syrup aren’t the only strawberry condiments the Chamber is offering this summer.”We’re in the process of developing strawberry salsa,” Daulton said. “We have people ask all the time ‘Why Strawberry Days?’ and ‘Where are all the strawberries?’ Now we’re offering strawberry souvenirs people can just grab and go.”

For more than a century, Glenwood Springs was considered the strawberry capital of Colorado. Starting in 1898, Strawberry Day Colorados oldest civic festival celebrated the annual harvest from strawberry farms that dotted the landscape. Ladies competed for best strawberry pie and young girls vied for the Strawberry Day queen title. Denver journalists routinely traveled by train to cover festival happenings. Today the event runs for several days over Fathers Day weekend in Glenwood, offering live music, food and family entertainment. Heres what Strawberry Days is offering in its 109th year:Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Glenwood Springs Art Guild painters at Centennial Park 5 p.m., Browns amusement park at Glenwood Springs High School 7 p.m., Miss Strawberry Days Fashion Show at the Hotel ColoradoFriday 9 a.m., Valley View Hospital Auxiliary Pie Day at the First United Methodist Church 4:30-5:45 p.m., Miss Strawberry Days benefit auction 5 p.m., food court and beer garden open, and Browns amusement park opens at the high school 5-5:30 p.m., cheerleaders performance 5:30-6 p.m., Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts dance group performs at the Jack FM main stage 6 p.m., rodeo 6-7 p.m., Miss Strawberry Days crowned 7-10 p.m., music, Boogie MachineSaturday 10 a.m., Strawberry Days parade on Grand Avenue 10 a.m., Browns amusement park opens at the high school noon, free strawberries and ice cream at the main stage noon to 1:30 p.m., 101st Army Jazz Band/Mile High Rock Combo 2-4 p.m., music, Arnie J. Green Band 2:30-4:30 p.m., pie eating contest 4:30-7 p.m., music, Deja Blu 6 p.m., rodeo 7:30-10 p.m., music, Chase N the DreamSunday 7-11 a.m., Rotarys annual Strawberry Days pancake breakfast7:30-10:30 a.m., 29th annual Strawberry Shortcut race 10-11 a.m., Earthbeat childrens choir 11-11:30 a.m., main stage giveaways 12 p.m., Browns amusement park opens at the high school 11:30 to 2 p.m., music, Cowboy Attitude 2 p.m., Kiwanis Great Ball Race 2:30-3 p.m., main stage giveaways 3-6 p.m., music, Mood Express 6 p.m., park closes 10 p.m., carnival closes

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