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The Blimey family of Arvada stepped of a carnival ride at laughing and smiling. Attending the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival is a family tradition for them. The festival took over Anderson Park Aug. 11-13 with music, rides, a classic and antique car show, art, food and drink, 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.
This year’s festival royalty were grand marshals, the Pettit Family; countess, Wanda Sang; and count, Dominick Breton.
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