Blossom Festival named a finalist in Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence

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Music in the Park

May 4

9-10:30 a.m. Heartbeat with Bob Weir & friends

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gus Meza

1-3 p.m. Tidal Breeze

3:30-4:30 p.m. Inca Gold

4:30 – close Tom & Jerry

May 5

9 -10 a.m. Canyon Cowboy Church

10:30 a.m. to noon Tom Gudding

12:30-2 p.m. Dancing On The Sun

2:30-4 p.m. Lobo

4:30 – close Tom & Jerry

Concerts in Veterans Park are free and open to the public.

If you go

What: Cluster Duck

When: 5-11 p.m. May 4

Where: Macon Plaza

Cost: $5

More info: Beer garden, food and live music

This year marks the 81st Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival, which has been named a finalist for the Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence: Best Event, Festival or Recurring Activity.

Downtown Colorado, Inc. will announce the award recipient during its conference Thursday in Aspen.

In the meantime, festival planners are busy as ever as the countdown is on for the festival that will feature events May 1-5 in several locations across the community, including band and choir competitions, a carnival, food and merchandise vendors, live music and performances and, of course, the ever-popular parade.

This year’s theme is “A Blossoming Community.”

“Each one of us has a passion and a love for Blossom,” said Cass Grow, the Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival board president, about the board members, volunteers and queen’s court. “Blossom, for my family, is like another holiday. There were two times a year when everybody was going to be home — Blossom and Christmas.”

Committee members said the festival offers a fun time for people of all ages. It’s is a celebration of the community, which includes a day off for local students.

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“This is a kickoff for summer, the first major festival of the season,” said Greg DiRito, the organizer for Cluster Duck. “There’s a beer garden, live music, parade, marching bands, rodeo, carnival events — it’s the biggest event of the year; it’s the best weekend to get out and see what Cañon is all about.”

Here is a breakdown of the major events slated for the five-day event:

Band Competitions

A total of 40 schools are expected to participate in this year’s festival, 21 of which will march in the Blossom Parade on May 4. Competitions and performances will take place at Cañon City High School, Florence High School and Harrison K-8 School. The Choir Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 at Harrison K-8 School. This year, there are about 16 middle school and high school choirs entered in the competition. All band competitions and performances are free and open to the public.

Blossoms in the Park

Dozens of vendors will be set up in Veterans Park from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5. There also will be live entertainment both days. Admission is free both days.


Wright’s Amusements will be back in town offering carnival games and rides for everyone from children to thrill seekers. The carnival will open May 1 and run through May 5, stationed at the corner of Elm Avenue and Oak Creek Grade, next to the rodeo grounds.

Cluster Duck

Cluster Duck will be from 5-11 p.m. May 4 at Macon Plaza, which is located at Fifth Street and Macon Avenue. There will be a beer garden and live music throughout the evening. Admission is $5. The music kicks off at 5 p.m. with Latigo, and then Mystic 7 will take the stage at 8 p.m.

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Macon Plaza will open at noon, offering shade and food vendors including Fire It Up Woodfire Pizza and sausage sandwiches by Musso Farm.

“The live music will go from 5 to 11, but the park will be open from noon on, just as a recharge point for people to relax and maybe get sandwich or a pizza,” DiRito said.


The 81st annual Blossom Parade will begin at 1 p.m. May 4 and travel east on Main Street from Fourth to 14th. Visit to print out the parade entry forms and review the 2019 parade rules and regulations. All forms and fees must be received by April 17.

This year’s parade grand marshall is Ryan Stevens, Cañon City’s Economic Development Director.


The 15th annual RunBlossom is organized by Fremont Adventure Recreation. Early packet pick-up and registration is from 5-7 p.m. May 3 with the event slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. May 4 at Centennial Park. Register before April 15 to order a commemorative T-shirt. The event includes a half marathon and a 5k run, as well as a Kids’ Fun Run & Toddler Trot. For more information, visit

Arkansas River “Birdwalk”

Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, this event is for anyone interested in birds and their conservation, and their children. Attendees should meet at the River trailhead parking area, located at the east end of Sell Avenue. The walk is from 8-10:30 a.m., rain or shine.

Blossom Festival Art Exhibit

The 72nd Fremont Center for the Arts’ Blossom Festival Art Exhibit will be at 505 Macon Ave. The exhibit begins May 3 for a First Friday reception from 4:30- 7:30 p.m. and runs through May 25. For more information, visit

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Spring Blossom Show

The Royal Gorge Artists’ Association will host its 46th annual Spring Blossom Show from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 at Depot Park, located at the southwest corner of U.S. 50 and Ninth Street. There will be 100 booths of handmade arts and crafts, fun, food and live music. Admission is free.

Royal Gorge Rodeo

The 147th Annual Royal Gorge Rodeo will be May 3 and 4 at the Cañon City Rodeo Grounds. For more information, visit


Volunteers for the entire Blossom Festival are coordinated by the Royal Gorge Sons of Italy. Anyone interested in volunteering may call 719-429-6667.

Other events happening during Blossom Weekend include the Cañon City Blossom Invitational, hosted by the Cañon City High School track and field team, May 3 at Citizens’ Stadium.

Be sure to follow the hashtag #blossomevents2019 on social media, and use the hashtag to tag photos during Blossom Festival events.

For more information, visit

Carie Canterbury: 719-276-7643,




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