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Vendor’s death adds sad note to festival

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Event organizers, vendors and participants were saddened to hear of the death of a vendor at this year’s Strawberry Days.

Juanita Yarbrough was found Friday in one of the Strawberry Days’ portable latrines, where she had apparently suffered a heart attack, fellow vendors said.

Glenwood police could not be reached for comment.



On Friday, Juanita and her husband, whose name was not available at press time, had set up their double-sized booth near the basketball court in Sayre Park. It was called Yarbrough’s Woodcraft, and offered handcrafted wooden toys. The Yarbroughs had sold their crafts at previous festivals, according to past Strawberry Days’ programs.

According to initial reports, around 4 p.m. Friday, Yarbrough’s husband noticed his wife was missing and thought she was taking a nap in the couple’s camper.



She was found around 9 p.m. Her estimated time of death was around 5 p.m.

On Friday, at the Yarbrough’s Woodcraft booth, kids were playing with handcrafted toys, from little military tanks to slingshots to guns equipped with wooden clothespin triggers. On Sunday afternoon, all traces of the Yarbroughs’ booth was gone.

Strawberry Days co-organizer Rae Lynn Westley said Sunday that Juanita Yarbrough’s death added a sad note to this year’s event.

“We’re all very sad to hear of Juanita’s death,” said Westley. “Our hearts go out to the family.”

She said that the Yarbroughs’ fellow vendors are contributing to a fund in Yarbrough’s memory. Anyone who would like to contribute to the fund should contact the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at 945-6589.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

cclick@postindependent.com


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