The Denver Fair – a treasure of memories

By on September 3, 2014
The bumper cars are always a popular attraction at the Denver Fair.

The bumper cars are always a popular attraction at the Denver Fair.

Annual event opens Tuesday in park

The 2014 Denver Fair will be ready for you and your family to make and share some memories, new and old. The fair runs Sept. 9 through Sept. 13.

Some of the highlights of the week include the midway act of Hansen’s Spectacular, sponsored by Ephrata National Bank. It is a fully contained thrill show that will leave the audience breathless- Watch this family of stars – the parents and three young daughters – free entertainment all week – a family show; expect the unexpected.

The midway also has many concessions, games of fun and tricks with lots of prizes to win, food vendors and bingo held daily (check fair book for details).

A free petting zoo by Animal Alley Productions can be found; visit with the business expo vendors. The midway is open Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. till 10 p.m.; Friday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are limited midway open daily; not all vendors and rides are available.

Exhibits are to be handed in on Monday, Sept. 8. Starting at 3 pm and ending at 8 pm, exhibitors can bring apiary items, fruits and vegetables, baked goods, homemade wines, cakes and cookies, decorated brooms, art works, coloring pages, crafts, legos, photography, and items in so many more categories. Another big hit on Monday is the ever-hopping rabbit show; registration starts at 3:30 and judging/show officially starts at 5 p.m.

The fair officially opens on Tuesday with the swine show at 6 p.m. along with the baked goods auction 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 we will find out which one of the 10 girls will take the title of Miss Denver Fair 2014. Who will follow in the historical high heels of Beth Paul and 2013 Queen Carrie Sensenig?

On Tuesday there is an opening night ride special event-ride: all the rides for $15 per person from 6 p.m. to closing. The last big event of the night is a Super Candy Scramble sponsored by the Reinholds VFW which begins at 8 p.m.

Wednesday will bring 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 closing where two people ride for the price of one.

Thursday brings another fun-filled day; the goat show is at 3 p.m.; sheep show immediately follows Another day for a great ride special with a family night ride special (ride all the rides for $18 per person) from 6 p.m. till closing.

At 6 p.m., there is free entertainment celebrating “Music in our Schools.” Come to the stage and see what local up-and-coming musical talented students can do and envision what they may become. 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.

Friday will feature the 13th Annual Kiddie Day sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications and Eagle Rental; this day is for the little ones ages 6 and under to enjoy from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. Come visit with the East Cocalico Police, enjoy storytime with Ms. Carol from Adamstown Area Library, free balloon animals, face painting by Joyful Canvas LLC, meet the Denver Fire Company, and watch the Insanity Factor Show. Show times are 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. Play J-I-N-G-O (kid’s bingo) and take a leap in the Castle Moon Bounce.

Enjoy yet another ride special (all rides $12 per person from 1 to 4 p.m. At 6 p.m,, watch the livestock auction – and then come on down to the Stage at 7 p.m. for the free entertainment styles of Green Tea Revival, the area’s premier country rock band.

Saturday is nothing to slow down for – the fair begins at 9 a.m. with the pet show sponsored by The Cocalico Cat and Gingham Do Animal Hospital.

At noon, the ever-popular Pedal Power Tractor Pull sponsored by Deere Country Lawn and Garden begins. There is another family ride special :ride all the rides for $18 per person till 5 p.m. At 2 p.m., come watch the local celebrity hot wings eating contest on the stage sponsored by Wild Wings of Ephrata. In five minutes, a lot happens &tstr;just come and see. Immediately following this, there is a Jell-o eating contest at 3 p.m. sponsored by Weaver Markets.

New this year and starting at 5 p.m. is rabbit hopping in in the animal tent &tstr; these cute and furry bunnies are too cute to miss.

Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., the free entertainment is the ever popular Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods At 10 p.m., fireworks cap off the fair.

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

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