All is fair Denver Fair kicks off Sept. 10
LUCY RICCOMINI Review Staff
, Staff Writer
The Denver Fair kicks off Lancaster’s Fair season next week, filling Main Street with plenty of rides, games, prizes, entertainment, competitions and fair fare.
The Denver Fair began in 1982 after a couple of fellas met at the Union Station Restaurant to discuss the possibility of a community fair. What started as a mere two-day event with a turkey chase, a handful of rides and a concession stand or two, has grown into one of the area’s largest fairs featuring animal exhibits, food auctions, a Midway show, confections of all kinds, a Tug-of-war competition, live music, performances, fireworks and more.
The Denver Fair is a member of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs. In 1990, the committee filed an application with Pennsylvania to become a non-profit organization. The Committee is an all-volunteer non-profit organization comprised of over 50 members that works year round to plan the fair. There is no admission price and a small parking fee is donated to local Boy Scouts, churches and the fire department.
About 5,000 visitors flock to the Denver Fair between Sept. 10 and 14. It’s become a tradition for many families and is an annual staple in the small community that residents look forward to year after year.
"It keeps the community focus," said Lorraine Korber, who is on the Fair committee and serves as a volunteer. "I’ve been involved for 15 years. I’ve seen little kids grow through the years and still come to the fair. It’s a tradition and a family function."
One of the biggest attractions is the Midway Show, featuring Mutts Gone Nuts, a husband-and-wife couple who adopted and trained rescue dogs to do tricks.
"The Midway show is our biggest attraction," said Korber. "Kids and families just love it."
Oscar Amusements provides all the rides for the fair. Keep an eye out for nightly specials on ride prices throughout the week. The rabbit show, Fink’s French Fries, the Denver Fair Queen crowning, a Tug-of-war competition with the local firefighters, and a performance by Flamin’ Dick & The Hot Rods are just a few of the week’s highlights. Below is a detailed schedule of events:
Daily entertainment by Mutts Gone Nuts at The Midway sponsored by Ephrata National Bank
Bingo is held Tuesday-Friday with "Bonus Bingo" from 2 to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday "Regular Bingo" from 5:30 p.m. to close and Saturday, "Regular Bingo" from noon to close
Exhibit building times are: Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 9: Exhibits received from 3 to 8 p.m; rabbit show at 5 p.m. (register at 3:30 p.m.; exhibit judging from 9 p.m. to close)
Sept. 10: Swine Show at 6 p.m.; baked goods auction at 6 p.m.; opening night ride special for $15 per person all night
Miss Denver Fair Coronation (sponsored by Country Lane Flowers)
Super Candy Scramble (sponsored by Reinholds VFW)
Sept. 11: Dairy beef show at 3 p.m.; beef show at 5 p.m.; buddy night ride special (two ride for the price of one); Avedium at 7 p.m.
Sept. 12: Goat show at 3 p.m.; sheep show to follow; family night ride special at 6 p.m. to close (ride all night for $18 per person); Celebrating Music in Our Schools on Stage at 6 p.m.; Tug-of-war at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13: Kiddie Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications & Eagle Rental Center); ride special from 1 to 4 p.m. (ride all rides for $12 per person); animal auction at 6 p.m.; Rajah Shrine Chanters & Dance Band at 7 p.m. (sponsored by Rajah’s 2013 III Sir Edwin Engle & Lady Ferne)
Sept 14: Pet show at 9 a.m. (sponsored by the Nancy Frantz Family); baby parade at 10 a.m. (sponsored by Sun Valley Landscaping Services); pedal power tractor pull at noon (sponsored by Deer Country Lawn & Garden); family ride special from 1 to 5 p.m. (ride all the rides for $15 per person); celebrity hot wings contest at 2 p.m. (sponsored by Wild Wings of Ephrata); Jell-O eating contest at 3 p.m. (sponsored by Weaver Markets); Flamin’ Dick & the Hot Rods at 7:30 p.m.; exhibits removed – 9 p.m. to midnight; fireworks at 10 p.m.
For more information, visit thedenverfair.com.
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