Parade Entry Now Open!
Nominate 2018 Festival Royalty
The Wheat Ridge Carnation Parade will roll west along 38th Ave from Ames Street to Upham Street on Saturday, August 11th beginning at 9:30am MST. Established in 1969, the Parade is among one of the longest standing traditions held to celebrate the incorporation of our beloved Wheat Ridge. The Parade features local schools, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that always show up to have fun and impress the crowd! Join us for a celebration of our “Deep Roots”!
This year's Parade theme is celebrating the deep connections in our community, from the thriving urban agriculture, to the history and the communities that make up Wheat Ridge. The theme encourages participants to really stretch their imagination to creatively use carnations in their entries!
Prior to the Parade, the Wheat Ridge Grange (3850 High Court) will offer a Pancake Breakfast beginning at 7am MST. Join us for a delicious breakfast and find a seat to enjoy our community parade!
Parade entry application opens on April 15.
Carnation Parade Plate Design Contest
Annual Carnation Parade Plate Design Contest is here again!
The Carnation Festival was created when Wheat Ridge was founded in 1969 to celebrate the incorporation of the City and to honor the Cities history. 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.
Every year at the Wheat Ridge Carnation Parade the winners are awarded a commemorative plate. The plate is decorated with a unique design from a local artist; this has been one of the traditions for the last forty-nine years. This year the Parade theme is “Deep Roots.” While Wheat Ridge may have only incorporated in ’69; our community has been around for a long time. As a stopover for ‘59ers in a rush to find gold and then as farmland for those who found a different type of gold in farming; Wheat Ridge has a long and unique history. The Parade committee encourages you to stretch your imagination and create an image that speaks to the deep roots we all have in our friends, neighbors, community and city.
This year the Parade Committee is calling all local artists to submit an original design that embodies the deep roots and history of the City of Wheat Ridge.
Theme: “Deep Roots”
- First Prize will have their art displayed on the 48th Carnation Parade first place award plates, plus $100 cash prize, the artwork showcased on Festival publications.
- Second Prize is $50 and the artwork showcased on Festival publications.
- Third Prize is $25 and the artwork showcased on Festival publications.
- Honorable Mentions will be showcased on Festival publications.
- - Careful thought to composition and presentation linked to the theme
- - Exhibit obvious mastery of medium/technique
- - Has a full range of values, light and darks
- - Does it reflect drama or an emotional connection that provides a narrative
- - Shows an effort to stretch beyond simply copying a subject and then reflects creativity and innovation
Carnation Festival Parade Plate Design Contest
- - Deadline is June 15, 2018.
- - Artwork must relate to the theme “Deep Roots”
- - Must be family-friendly
- - Format for submission: jpg, tif, pdf, psd, AL and EPS @ 300dpi scale
- - Designs must take into consideration the fact that the design will be placed on a round plate, special consideration will be given to designs that incorporate this
2017 Festival Royalty
Grand Marshals - Pettit Family
Walt Pettit and his family are the 48th annual Carnation Festival Grand Marshals! Walt and his wife, Carole still live in their house that was originally built by Walt's father in 1921. Walt and Carole have been married for nearly 55 years and raised their two children, Jennifer and David in the Pettit home and now have 3 beautiful grand-children. Walt and Carole have been active in the community in various capacities over the years. Walt has been an active volunteer and member of the Carnation Festival Board for nearly 40 years. Walt and his son, David Pettit are members in the Wheat Ridge Rotary Club where the motto is, "Service Above Self," and this family definitely embodies that mentality. We are thrilled to honor this family as this year’s Grand Marshals! - photos courtesy of Leah Dozeman
Countess - Wanda Sang
Wanda Sang is the 48th annual Carnation Festival Countess! Wanda has lived in Wheat Ridge since she was 7 years old and feels honored to have been an involved and dedicated citizen for 34 years. She has served as the city Clerk and as a council woman. Wanda says, "I want only the best for Wheat Ridge and its citizens. I have made so many wonderful friends over the years and feel very humble to have this honor bestowed upon me." We are happy to honor her as this year’s Countess. - photos courtesy of Leah Dozeman
Count - Dominick Breton
Dominick Breton is the 48th annual Carnation Festival Count! Dominick pours his heart and soul into Wheat Ridge, with everything he does. President of the Kiwanis, a member of the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce, the Program Director at the Wheat Ridge Grange, a former Scout Troop Master of local Troop 240 and so much more. Dominick is one of the best ambassadors for Wheat Ridge and we are happy to honor him as this year’s Count! - photos courtesy of Leah Dozeman