Denver Fair organizers provide preview of event

By on August 24, 2016

The 36th annual Denver Fair is set for Sept. 13 to 17, at Denver Memorial Park on Main Street in the borough.

The main corporate sponsor of the fair is Denver-based Henry Schein.

Among the highlights of the week are the Midway act of Kountry K-9 and Agricadabra, sponsored by Ephrata National Bank.

The act originates from Oslo, Norway, and its troupe of canines have appeared at many fairs, festivals, and parks all over the United States. With four different theme shows, they have been on theatre stages as well as nightclubs and parks in Europe and Asia. All the canines touring are acquired from shelters and rescues.

Also new treat this year is the “Buffalo Beals” with a petting zoo, camel rides, and pony rides.

The midway boasts concessions, games of fun and tricks with lots of prizes to win, food vendors and bingo held daily; check the fair book for hours or bingo tent for game times.

The commercial tent includes business expo vendors.

The midway is open Tuesday through Thursday, 4 till 10 p.m., Friday, noon to 11 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. There is a limited midway open daily 11 a.m. with selected food stands.

Exhibits are to be set up starting Monday, Sept. 12, starting at 3 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

The rabbit show is held Sept. 12 – registration starts at 3:30 p.m. and the judging/show officially starts at 5 p.m.

The fair officially opens on Tuesday, Sept. 13, with the baked good auctions at 6 p.m. at the stage, sponsored by Art Pannebecker and Brad Wolf.

The first of the ride specials also start at 6 p.m. where attendees can ride all for one price.

The swine show starts at 7 p.m. as well as the super candy scramble, sponsored by the Reinholds VFW.

Opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. at the stage with the young women vying for the title of “Miss Denver Fair 2016.”

Wednesday brings the dairy beef show at 3 p.m. and the beef show at 5 p.m.

The business expo kicks into full gear Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Attendees can enter for a chance to win prizes which will be drawn at approximately 7:15 p.m.

Another ride special that day is “Buddy Night” from 6 p.m. to closing where two ride for the price of one.

Local rising banjoist Conlan Kershner and fellow musician Tyler Hertzog are on stage at 7 p.m.

Thursday features the goat show at 3 p.m., with the sheep show immediately following.

The ride special is a Family Night Ride Special from 6 p.m. till closing.

“Music in Our Schools” is featured on the stage at 6:30 p.m.

Friday is the 16th Annual Kiddie Day, sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications and Eagle Rental. This is the day for little ones, ages 6 and under, to enjoy from 10 a.m.

They can visit with the East Cocalico Police; enjoy story time with Ms. Carol from the Adamstown Area Library; pal around with the Reading Royals’ Slapshot, do some cookie decorating, sponsored by CPH; get their faces painted by Joyful Canvas LLC; meet Denver Fire Company officials, and watch the Insanity Factor Show at 10:30. 11:30 and 12:30. And the kids certainly will want to take a leap in the Castle Moon Bounce.

There is another ride special from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Chris Ruble Band – contemporary Christian and Country gospel music group – performs on the stage. The second annual Bucket Brigade, the Cocalico Middle Schools Tournament, gets started at 4 p.m.; deadline for registration is Sept. 8. The grand prize winner receives $200 to go to the charity of his or her choice.

Saturday events begin at 9 a.m. with the pet show sponsored by The Cocalico Cat and Gingham Do Animal Hospital.

The baby parade, sponsored by Lorraine M. Korber and family, gets under way at 10 a.m. (registration required) with judging about 10:15 or so. At noon, the pedal power tractor pull, sponsored by Deer Country Lawn and Garden, begins. The Jello-eating contest, open to all ages and sponsored by Weaver Markets, get started at 1 p.m. on the stage (no pre-registration required) followed at 2 p.m. by the local celebrity (pre-selected) hot wings eating contest, sponsored by Wild Wings of Ephrata, on the stage.

The second annual corn hole tournament gets started at 3 p.m., and, at 5 p.m., there is rabbit hopping in the animal tent.

Flamin’ Dick and The Hot Rods take to the stage at 7 p.m. Exhibit removal begins at 9 p.m. and ends by midnight.

Among the many exhibition contest categories are apiary, homemade wines, and baked goods.

For complete details and contact information, visit or call the main fair number at (717) 336-4072.


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