The 49th annual Carnation Festival took over Anderson Park Aug. 10-12 with music, carnival rides, an art show, barbecue contest, a fireworks display and several performances by The Zoppe Family …
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The 49th annual Carnation Festival took over Anderson Park Aug. 10-12 with music, carnival rides, an art show, barbecue contest, a fireworks display and several performances by The Zoppe Family Circus.
The Carnation Festival pays tribute to Wheat Ridge's history as the world's carnation capital. During the 1960s, the city boasted 32 different carnation growers and sent a bouquet to the White House every Monday morning, which was displayed in the front foyer with a card stating: “With compliments to our nation's capital, Wheat Ridge Colorado, Carnation City.” The Carnation Festival was created when Wheat Ridge was founded in 1969 to celebrate and honor the carnation industry's accomplishments.
Every year the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival chooses a royal court, which honors those in the community who have made a positive contribution through their active participation or service in the city. This year's festival royalty were grand marshals, SCL Lutheran Medical Center/Lutheran Medical Center Foundation; countess, Amanda Weaver; and count, Griff Wirth.
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