Food, fireworks and family in Avon
Avon, CO Colorado
AVON, Colorado –Adrian Vararela has been going to the Avon fireworks show his entire life – he said the show is just too good to miss.
The 13-year-old lives in Parachute, between Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, and travels here for the food, fireworks and fun.
Avon’s Salute to the USA has been going on for 23 years. The event has become a tradition for families in the valley and beyond, and for some, the tradition is just beginning.
Molly Ryan and her three daughters live in Buena Vista, a town where there’s not too much going on for the Fourth of July, said Corina Scott, 12, Ryan’s oldest daughter.
“We live in a small town and it’s the same every year,” she said.
Ryan heard from a friend that Avon had a big fireworks show and festival every year so she Googled it and saw it was on July 3 – perfect for the family since the girls were scheduled to spend July 4 with their father.
As first-time visitors to the event the girls were especially happy with all of the vendors. They were debating whether to get a henna temporary tattoo early on in the evening but wanted to check everything else out first before they decided.
From Greek gyros to mini donuts to snowcones to jewelry, Avon’s Salute to the USA offered guests a variety of activities and options. The rain cleared just in time for the beginning of the show, leaving a slightly mushy field that people had to slush through.
Most people were prepared, bringing tents, umbrellas, lawn chairs and blankets.
Deanna Ayers and her family set up their temporary camp right next to the funnel cake cart – one of their favorite things about the Fourth of July in Avon.
Ayers is from Castle Rock, between Denver and Colorado Springs, and comes to Avon every year with her sister and brother, who live in Denver and Castle Rock. She used to live in Minturn, which is how she discovered the event.
“This is the best,” she said. “It’s very family-friendly – the music, the funnel cake.”
Some of the vendors are as loyal as the guests. Vicki Hanan, pastor at the Word of Life Worship Center in Gypsum, sells kettle corn at the event every year. She said business has been pretty fair the last few years, but she keeps on coming back.
“It’s an opportunity to raise some money for my mission and outreach programs at the church,” she said.
Food vendors are popular attractions at the event. Just because people aren’t at home barbecuing doesn’t mean they don’t want to eat.
“I like the food,” said Juan Rodriguez, 18, from Parachute.
Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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