Welcome to the city’s 59th Waterama
Welcome to Glenwood! And thank you for visiting the community during this, the city’s 59th year of hosting Waterama–a community celebration that is well known in this area and around the entire state.
Founded by community organizers in 1956, Waterama is one of the longest running community festivals in the state.
In that first festival, organizers hoped to attract more than 5,000 to the event, but that year, Waterama attracted some 23,000.
It is fun to watch the city grow with visitors during Waterama, many of them keep coming back year after year. We thank all the visitors for coming to the community and enjoying the festival, Lake Minnewaska and all the Pope County lakes.
Once again there are many activities throughout the week and weekend that feature fun for the entire family. There are a number of informational brochures and schedules, scattered at various stores and businesses around Glenwood, and a complete schedule of events can be found on page 12A.
There are also seven candidates vying for Waterama Queen and that coronation conludes the week’s festivities on Sunday night.
The Waterama Grande Day Parade, which features well over 100 units, will again attract large crowds.
So, if the weather cooperates it will be a fun week here in Glenwood.
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A special thank you goes out to the Waterama Brass: Admiral Jodi McGinty, Commodore Ted Hill and Vice-Commodore Becky Evertz. These three dedicate their year to Waterama along with the Waterama Board of Directors and the hundreds of local volunteers and civic organizations that work year-round to pull off a community festival the size and scope of Waterama.
Waterama is truly a community event put on by hundreds to host thousands to the community. Thank you to all who make it possible.
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Despite one of the coldest winters on record, the community is just days away from the opening of another hotel in Glenwood. The Grandstay Hotel & Suites is nearing completion and may be open for business as early as this week.
When the ground was broken for the new hotel in downtown Glenwood, the local owners were hopeful that it would open in July. That appears to be a reality as construction crews were putting the finishing touches on the facility last week.
The GrandStay facility will consist of 39 rooms and include an indoor pool and whirlpool, a complimentary breakfast area and a community room.
Now, the community boast three hotels including Oak Tree Inn and America’s Best Value Inn.