Strawberry Days: fun and familiar |

Strawberry Days: fun and familiar

The carnival is awhirl, the Miss Strawberry Days candidates are primped, the vendors are setting up booths and float-builders are putting last-minute touches on their parade entries.

The big weekend is finally here – Strawberry Days.

It promises to be the kind of Strawberry Days that’s fun and familiar – a pleasant contrast to the shell-shocked festival of 2002, which came just two weeks after the Coal Seam Fire. Last year’s event was a sort of community bonding, “we all survived” celebration.

This year, we are not living in immediate fear of fire, and there is no more than the usual fear of mudslides. It’s been raining. Things are green.

In fact, we can probably count on afternoon showers pelting the park, after sunburning our noses while watching the parade, waiting in line for strawberries and ice cream, or eating Rotary pancakes.

The biggest difference we’ll see this year is the new spot for the carnival. With construction of the new St. Stephen’s Catholic Church under way, the carnival was moved to the parking lot that lies between the Roaring Fork School District administration building and Glenwood Springs High School, at 14th and Grand.

That makes it about three blocks from “Strawberry Park,” a trek that will be traveled by thousands of thrill-seekers anxious to unsettle their tummies aboard the Tilt-A-Whirl.

Strawberry Days is a weekend of entertainment and laughter, of eating park food and shopping for handcrafts, of live bands and dancing, of a big, long parade.

It’s a celebration of Glenwood Springs, an old town in the West that started inviting folks in for a summer day of fun 106 years ago.

Around town, friends and families will gather for their own annual barbecues. In the park, locals will be sure to see and catch up with old friends.

It’s a great weekend to relax and enjoy the community.

So our suggestions today are brief.

If you are driving Grand Avenue this weekend, slow down and watch for pedestrians.

When you are on foot, watch for traffic. The best Grand Avenue crossing will be at 14th Street.

And from start to finish, enjoy Strawberry Days, one of the best weekends of the summer.

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