In 1915, the Strawberry Day festival added another popular event, the crowning of a Strawberry Day Queen. The original event featured beauty, talent, and evening gown events. Over the years, the event has evolved into the competition known as Miss Strawberry Days. The modern event is not a beauty contest; rather young ladies compete for substantial college scholarships. Judges select the winners based on poise, personality, community involvement, and the ability to work with and motivate a group. The winner is a true ambassador for Glenwood Springs.
To give attendees, even more, to look forward to, entertainers were brought in to amuse the crowds. Military, high school, and community bands often performed, playing the favorite tunes of the day. In 1917, an entertainer known as “The Human Fly” scaled the outside of the Hotel Colorado as spectators watched breathlessly, hoping he wouldn’t fall to his death. In 1926, during the filming of The Great K & A Train Robbery actor Tom Mix was the guest of honor. In 1978, Glenwood added a 5K and 10K race known as the Strawberry Shortcut; these days there’s also a 1-mile fun run.