Coloradans are always look for a reason to celebrate. In Glenwood Springs, our ancestors decided to toast the strawberry, a quintessential summer fruit that’s as pretty as it is sweet and notorious for being part of some very famous desserts. Yep, I’m thinking shortcake, pie, trifle, sorbet, sundaes… the list goes on and on.
In 1898, Glenwood Springs was going through a transformation. Rough gamblers and cowboys were moving out, and in their place, came families looking for a wholesome town to raise their children. As the town grew, a simple strawberry picnic was scheduled for reacquainting old friends, making new ones, sharing the strawberry harvest, and celebrating summer.
120 years later, this small, casual picnic has grown into the Strawberry Days Festival, a weekend-long celebration in honor of the community, summertime in the Colorado mountains, and, of course, the strawberry.
Each year, on the third weekend in June, a parade down Grand Avenue kicks off the festival, after which free strawberries and ice cream are served to the public. The rest of the festival then takes places at Strawberry (Sayre) Park. Here, live music and a fine arts and crafts fair are set up to entertain visitors.
For families, a large and popular Family Fest is filled with activities for children of all ages. These activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, a mini train, face painters, a bubble fairy, the Salida Circus, and more. A Carnival also runs throughout the festival in the Glenwood Springs Mall parking lot. Rides and games at the carnival are varied and exciting—perfect for those looking for a bit more excitement.
120th Annual Strawberry Days Festival – June 16th to June 18th, 2017
*Carnival runs June 15th to June 19th
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