Nestled among the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Springs is a can't miss destination featuring panoramic vistas, hot springs, and outdoor adventures for all ages. Since the end of the 19th Century, people have flocked to the city to bathe in its famous geothermal waters. Visitors looking to partake should try the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool which is the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, this is your ultimate destination. Mountains, forests, rivers, and unique geological features offer picturesque landscape ranking among the most beautiful in the world. Folks in search of stunning scenery need to visit Hanging Lake, White River National Forest, and Glenwood Canyon.
The Glenwood Strawberry Days Festival is one of the longest-running events in Colorado, and it will take place June 15-17 at Sayre Park. Attendees can expect a massive family-friendly extravaganza complete with live music and entertainment, Miss Strawberry Days (scholarship contest), FamilyFest area (kids activities), parade, art and crafts vendors, dining options, and of course, free strawberries. Each day of the event brings different live performers on the Main Stage. Some of this year’s performers include: Goodman Band, Cowboy Mouth, and Chris Daniels and the Kings with Freddi Gowdy. Returning this year is the Miss Strawberry Days, which is one of the oldest civic festival competitions west of the Mississippi. A panel of judges will rate contestants in categories such as leadership skills, volunteerism, and the ability to represent the community as an ambassador, with substantial scholarships going to the winners. Those attending with the family need to stop by the FamilyFest area. Here families can see a variety of family-friendly entertainment and participate in fun activities like bouncy houses and bungee trampolines. Patrons can also purchase unique handmade art and items in the vendor area, as well as a variety of foods, snacks, and beverages in the food area. For a full event schedule, please visit the event website. Resortsandlodges.com interviewed President & CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Angie Anderson, to learn more about this all-ages spectacular.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
AA: 2018 marks the 121st Annual Strawberry Days Festival.
RAL: How many annual attendees do you draw?
AA: We estimate that about 20,000 people attend the event throughout the weekend.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?
AA: The most significant demographic we see is families.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
AA: Strawberry Days is the oldest, continuously held public celebration west of the Mississippi. We also serve free strawberries and ice cream on Saturday after the parade. Safeway will be handing out free strawberries throughout the weekend at the event.
RAL: Take me through a day at the event. What can I expect as an attendee?
AA: The festival has been entertaining generations for more than 100 years and features an arts and crafts fair, a food court, a FamilyFest area with interactive and creative experiences for the kids. We also have a parade down Grand Ave., the Miss Strawberry Days Scholarship Competition, the Strawberry Princess Celebration, and a full entertainment line-up.
RAL: What can an attendee expect to find for local lodging?
AA: Glenwood Springs offers a variety of lodging options from resorts to cabins to B&Bs. Strawberry Days is one of the busiest weekends of the year, so it’s recommended to make reservations early. Visitglenwood.com is a great resource to find local lodging options.
RAL: What does this event mean to the community?
AA: The event fills up the hotels and attracts many visitors. It’s also a big weekend to host school reunions, and many former residents come back to catch up with old friends.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
AA: Attendees will find beautiful mountain scenery, plenty of sunshine and our outstanding amenities such as the world’s largest mineral Hot Springs Pool and the GlenwoodCaverns Adventure Park. Named “most fun town in America” by Rand-McNally and USA Today, Glenwood Springs gets plenty of worldwide notoriety. The Strawberry Days Festival is no exception, and it’s a weekend you do not want to miss!
For more information about the Glenwood Strawberry Days Festival, please visit the event website.