Harvest Your Dreams at the 2013 Denver Fair

By on August 14, 2013

Photo by Stan Hall

The 2013 Denver Fair committee is gearing up for the fair Sept. 10 to 14.

Highlights for the week include the Midway Act of "Mutts Gone Nuts," sponsored by Ephrata National Bank. Expect the unexpected when Scott and Joan Houghton attempt to match wits with the mischievous pound puppies. The midway also has many concessions, games of fun and tricks with lots of prizes to win, food vendors and Bingo. There will also be a free petting zoo and business expo vendors. Midway is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 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 at 11 a.m. with limited vendors and rides.

Exhibits are to be handed in by Sept. 9 starting at 3 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Participants can bring fruits and vegetables, baked goods, homemade wines, cakes and cookies, decorated brooms, apiary, art works, coloring pages, crafts, Legos, photography, and more. Another big hit on Monday is the rabbit show. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m. and the judging and show start at 5 p.m.

The fair officially opens Sept. 10 with the swine show at 6 p.m. along with the baked good auctions at 6 p.m. (at the stage) sponsored by Art Pannebecker and Brad Wolf. Opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. at the stage when guests will find out which one of the 11 girls will take the title of Miss Denver Fair 2013.

Tuesday is also an opening night ride special event – ride all the rides for $15 per person from 6 p.m. to close. The last big event of the night if a super candy scramble, sponsored by Reinhold’s VFW, at 8 p.m.

Wednesday features the dairy beef show at 3 p.m. and the beef show at 5 p.m. Another ride special is Buddy Night from 6 p.m. to close, where two people ride for the price of one. Aevidum will have a special event on the stage beginning at 7 p.m.

The goat show begins Thursday at 3 p.m. and the sheep show is TBD. Thursday is another day of ride specials with $18 per person from 6 p.m. to close. At 6 p.m., head to the stage and enjoy the free entertainment Celebrating Music in our Schools. This will include various groups of music highlights from the Cocalico School District music department such as the high school marching band, high school and middle school vocal soloists and small group ensembles along with piano soloists. Middle school instrumental soloists and small group ensembles along with the Traditional West African Drum and Dance Ensemble known as Cocalikulmba will also perform. Thursday is also the ever-popular Tug Of War completion, sponsored by Berks Emergency Equipment, Nolt Electric Service and Weaver’s Store, Inc. The pulling together of our firefighters begins at 7:30 p.m.

Friday features the 13th annual Kiddie Day sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications and Eagle Rental. This day is for the little ones to enjoy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ages 6 and under. Guests can visit with the East Cocalico Police, have storytime with Ms. Carol from Adamstown Area Library, get a free kiddie tattoo, free balloon animals, meet the Denver Fire Company, and visit with Bugs Bunny, play Jingo and take a leap in the Castel Moon Bounce. Another ride special for $12 takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. At 6 p.m., watch the livestock auction. Rajah Shrine Chanters are on the stage at 7 p.m., sponsored by 2013 Ill. Sir Edwin Engle & Lady Ferne.

Saturday begins at 9 a.m. with the pet show on the stage sponsored by the Nancy Frantz family. At 10 a.m., the baby parade will start lining up for judging; registration is required. The pedal power tractor pull, sponsored by Deere Country Lawn and Garden, takes place at noon. Another ride special begins at 1 p.m. with $15 passes until 5 p.m. At 2 p.m., watch the local celebrity hot wing-eating contest on the stage, sponsored by Wild Wings of Ephrata. Immediately following is a Jell-O eating contest at 3 p.m., sponsored by Weaver Markets.

Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods will be on stage as free entertainment for the crowds until about 9 p.m. At 10 p.m., the fair concludes with fireworks.

Exhibits removal begins at 9 p.m. and finishes at midnight.

The committee would also like participants to know that there is a correction on page 67 of fair book dept 22. There is a poster theme error for the fair safety poster contest. The correct theme is "Food Safety on the Fairgrounds."

More DENVER FAIR, page A11

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