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"Strawberries in Paradise"

Staff ReportThe 106th Annual Strawberry Days is set for Friday, June 20, through Sunday, June 22 at “Strawberry Park” (Sayre Park) in Glenwood Springs. This year’s theme, “Strawberries in Paradise,” is a salute to the music of Jimmy Buffet. There’ll be top-notch entertainment, a myriad of artisan and food booths, carnival, free strawberries and ice cream, and FamilyFest following the parade.Glenwood Springs will be donning Hawaiian shirts, flip-flops, changing its latitude and moving to Margaritaville to salute the music of Jimmy Buffett for the Strawberry Days parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21.This annual event will likely cast together different generations, all of which can relate to the music of Jimmy Buffett and his easy-going outlook on life. Whether you’re going for the annual award-winning float or just having fun, this year’s theme is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. Expect the full gamut of tropical decorations complete with palm trees, Hawaiian leis and the not-to-be missed parrot heads.In addition to favorite entrants such as the Centennial Band and the Shriners riding their mini cars, this year’s parade will have considerable significance for families of loved ones serving in the armed forces. Local soldiers, home from the war in Iraq, will lead the parade following Grand Avenue from 8th to 19th Street.Applications for the 106th annual Strawberry Days parade are available at the chamber, 945-6589 or http://www.strawberrydaysfestival.com.Strawberry Days music runs all weekend. Here’s the lineup: Friday, June 20, at 8 p.m. Go Naked.Saturday, 5 p.m. Steel Sunsations; 8 p.m. Dave Soreff & The Coral Reef Revue. Sunday, 3 p.m., Red Elvises; 5 p.m. Chris Daniels & The Kings.Come along to Margaritaville and help put on the party. Volunteers are needed the weekend of June 20 to 22 at Sayre “Strawberry” Park.Assistance is needed in selling T-shirts, tickets, checking IDs, working the information booth, at FamilyFest, in the silent auction booth, providing volunteer relief and coordinating the parade. All of these duties require a fun-loving attitude, coupled with a tad of responsibility and a dash of easy-going spirits, much like those characteristics of Jimmy Buffett himself. The chamber is also looking for parrot heads to work the Beer Garden and Margaritaville. In order to help in this area, you must be certified in “Tips” training, which will be available through Coors at the Chamber on Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. In addition, there will be the traditional Corporate Challenge in the Beer Garden. A local business would be responsible for filling a 3- or 4-hour shift with at least four volunteers, and in return it can hang its company banner, wear company logo T-shirts and promote the business to thousands of Strawberry Day goers.As always, all volunteers will receive a free Strawberry Days T-shirt. To volunteer call the Chamber at 945-6589 or go to http://www.strawberrydaysfestival.com.


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