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Glenwoods Strawberry Days festival kicks off its 110th year on Friday and runs through Sunday.This years western retro celebration will feature a lot of old favorites and a few things not to miss, according to event organizers.This years carnival should be bigger and better than ever, according to Krista Kaufman of the Glenwood Chamber of Commerce. The carnival will take place at the American Furniture Warehouse parking lot instead of the Glenwood Springs High School. And twice the space means a lot more rides and things to do, Kaufman said.

Sayre Park will again accommodate about 165 vendors and artisans, ranging in craft from leather to photography.At the Kids Fest Tent, illusionist Chad Juros performs Saturday and Sunday. Kaufman said Juros tricks are pretty amazing. He is a leukemia survivor who credits magic for pulling him through treatment.Handsome Little Devils, a vaudeville and swing-dancing troupe, will also take on the kids stage both Saturday and Sunday, entertaining with juggling and other antics. The Devils will teach a half-hour of swing-dancing lessons before headliners Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams take the main stage Friday at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, valley rock band The Strays plays from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by singer-songwriter Angie Stevens voted one of Westwords Best of Denver 2006 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Described as a mix of The Charlie Daniels Band and Johnny Cash, The Railbenders end the evening with a swinging Saturday night show from 7 to 10 p.m.New this year is the inaugural Classic Car Show, with vintage automobiles leading the annual Strawberry Days Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday down Grand Avenue. The cars will be parked at the Glenwood Medical Associates parking lot, near Sayre Park, on display for public viewing throughout the day.The event also offers Colorado Pro Rodeo Association action at the Strawberry Days Rodeo at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Glenwood Rodeo Grounds. Runners can race to the finish line at the 2007 Strawberry Shortcut 10K, 5K and 1-mile Fun Run. Or the public can try to win $2,500, $1,000 or $500 in the annual Kiwanis Ball Race at 2 p.m. Sunday.



On Sunday, celebrate Fathers Day with live music in the park early with the Earthbeat Childrens Choir from 10:45-11:30 a.m., followed by the Roaring Fork Old Time Celtic Mega Band from noon to 1 p.m. The old-time band features 40 Colorado artists, including members of local favorites The Last Minute String Band and the Heart of the Rockies. Fun-loving singer-songwriter Mack Bailey performs from 1:30-3 p.m., followed by female singer and guitarist Sharla Jackson from 3:30-5:30 p.m.New this year is the inaugural Classic Car Show, with vintage automobiles leading the annual Strawberry Days Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday down Grand Avenue. The cars will be parked at the Glenwood Medical Associates parking lot, near Sayre Park, on display for public viewing throughout the day.The event also offers Colorado Pro Rodeo Association action at the Strawberry Days Rodeo at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Glenwood Rodeo Grounds. Runners can race to the finish line at the 2007 Strawberry Shortcut 10K, 5K and 1-mile Fun Run. Or the public can try to win $2,500, $1,000 or $500 in the annual Kiwanis Ball Race at 2 p.m. Sunday.For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.strawberrydaysfestival.com.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601 aclark@postindependent.com


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