After quite the hiatus, spring weather finally returned to the Grand Valley Sunday, with warm temperatures and clear skies bringing residents out in full force.
Hundreds spent the day at Canyon View Park relaxing and listening to the bright sounds of the Pineapple Crackers.
"We took a chance and we decided to do an outdoor concert and make it open to the community," said Deborah Scenters, Marketing Director for Western Rockies Federal Credit Union, who sponsored the event.
It was a chance that paid off. Grand Valley residents packed the park for the show, busting out the sunscreen, coolers and a lot of other things they say were starting to collect dust -- due in part to the cloudy, cold April they'd seen so far.
"We're hanging out in capris and tank tops and sunglasses," said Jami, who was out enjoying the show. "Just being outside in general is nice."
And just days after a winter storm pounded much the state, they say they're pleasantly surprised that being outside Sunday was even an option.
"Talking to my mom, Estes Park has three feet of snow right now and we're out with 70 degrees enjoying the sunshine," said Mitch Elkins, who was at Canyon View.
"It's pretty cool to be able to brag to them about the good weather out here," said Cally Elkins, who was with him.
Surrounded by music, friends, and blue skies, they say it's an option they were more than happy to choose.
"It's pretty nice, it's really hot, and it's a good day for a concert," said Kassandra Turner, who was at the concert with her mom and brother.