Sweet as ever: Strawberry Days Festival celebrates 122 years with “Homecoming” theme | PostIndependent.com

Sweet as ever: Strawberry Days Festival celebrates 122 years with “Homecoming” theme

Children enjoy being sprayed with water during a past Strawberry Days Parade in Glenwood Springs.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

Celebrating its 122nd year with a “Homecoming” theme, Glenwood Springs’ Strawberry Days Festival’s return to Sayre Park Friday through Sunday is as sweet as ever.

“Strawberry Days tends to be a time when kids, grandkids, people who used to live here, people who call Glenwood their home away from home come for the weekend to kickoff the summer,” Angie Anderson, Glenwood Springs’ Chamber Resort Association President & CEO, said.

When the chamber formed in the early 20th Century, one of its first orders of business was to arrange the 1919 Strawberry Day; a tradition the association has continued to grow for 100 years.

Prior to the chamber’s involvement, the Tri-County Farmer’s Union held the first Strawberry Day on June 18, 1898 to showcase fruits, vegetables and dairy products produced in the region.

One-hundred and twenty-two years later, the now three-day festival will include nearly 20 food and drink vendors offering cuisines spanning the globe.

This year’s Strawberry Days Festival will also feature over 100 arts and crafts booths featuring local, regional and national artisans.

“All of the music has some local connection to Glenwood,” Anderson added of the acts that will appear on the festival’s main stage over the course of the three-day festival.

Billed as the ultimate ’80s experience, Saturday’s headliner, “the 6 Million Dollar Band” (6MDB) has performed the hits of Depeche Mode, Madonna, Prince, Van Halen and other iconic acts for audiences across the country.

MAIN STAGE LINEUP

Friday, June 21
5-6 p.m. Andre Orcutt
6-6:30 p.m. Crowning of Miss Strawberry Days
6:30-7 p.m. Andre Orcutt
7:30-10 p.m. Brothers Keeper

Saturday, June 22
12:30-2:30 p.m. The Feeding Giants
3-4:30 p.m. Whiskey Stomp
5-6:30 p.m. Thunk
7-10 p.m. 6 Million Dollar Band

Sunday, June 23
11-12 p.m. Rodrigo
12:30-2 p.m. Umberto Fonte
2:30-4 p.m. Stray Grass

The family-friendly festival also includes a family fest area featuring juggling, magic, music and comedy from, “The Jammin Jim Show”; acrobats, trapeze artists and aerialists from the Salida Circus, and even a pie-eating contest.

Festival goers may cool off and enjoy free strawberries all weekend long in the cool zone tent too.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday the Strawberry Days Parade will depart from Ninth and Grand and make its way to Sayre Park. Playing into the homecoming theme, this year’s Grand Marshals include members of Glenwood Springs High School’s Class of 1955.

“Strawberry Days is a tradition and institution that has been the summer event for the last 122 years,” Mayor Jonathan Godes said. “It is a great time for the community and visitors to gather and listen to great music, shop unique vendors and see a great parade.”

mabennett@postindependent.com


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