The Cañon City Music and Blossom Festival features national high school, middle school and junior high school bands in competition areas of Concert Band, Jazz Band, Parade and Orchestra.
Concert Band and Orchestra Competitions are held at the Cañon City High School Lou Del Pizzo Performing Arts Center and Jazz Band Competitions are held at the Florence High School Performing Arts Center. The Blossom Festival is the largest school band competition in the state; performances will begin on Wednesday, May 2nd 2018 and will continue nearly until parade time on Saturday.
- Choir competitions begin Thursday only at Florence High School.
- Band competitions begin at FHS and CCHS WEDNESDAY
The Parade is held between 3rd and 14th streets on Canon City's Main Street, featuring marching bands and floats, food and fun.
Along the parade route, there will be various food vendors on Main Street, at the nearby Veterans Park and at the rodeo grounds serving tacos, hamburgers, pizza, caramel apples, lemonade, snow cones, Polish sausages, corn dogs and much more -- all the things that make a festival fun!
The Blossom Festival isn't just band music and a great parade, though. The oldest rodeo in Colorado takes place in Canon City on Blossom Festival weekend; the huge Wright's Amusements Carnival provides thrills for all ages all week long; the Blossom Craft Fair has over 100 vendors and an amazing free Kid Zone; and the ClusterDuck concert on Saturday night kicks off a summer of musical fun in Fremont County.
2018 Blossom Queen and Court
Picture taken by Sheri Kohl/Natural Effects by Sheri
A huge congratulations to ALL of the 2018 Blossom Pageant candidates on a phenomenal job. Each was deserving of the crown in her own way. And job well done to all award winners and the 2018 Blossom Court!
2018 Blossom Queen - Gabriella Gonzales
1st Attendant - Lydia Bright
2nd Attendant - Emma Enslow
Miss Personality - Sunny Short
3rd Runner Up - Laiken McClure
4th Runner Up - Emily Reynolds
Interview Award - Skylar Edwards
Modeling Award - Nicole Bechtel
Miss Photogenic - Michaun Perlman
“Spirit of Blossom” - Emma Enslow and Jacine Valdez
Little Miss - Niley Jo Sartori
Little Mister - Clyde DeLaRosa
"The first recorded mention of a festival in Canon City occurred in the 1860's in the Canon City Times. By the 1880's, residents were celebrating Fruit Day as both an acknowledgment of their remarkable harvests and a way to acquaint neighboring communities with their bountiful products." Read more