Denver Fair coming soon

By on September 7, 2011

This year’s Denver Fair, sponsored by Henry Schein for the 13th year, will be held at the Denver Memorial Park from Sept. 13 through 17. The theme is "From the Farm Gate to the Dinner Plate." A variety of competitions, games, rides and entertainment will be offered for all to enjoy.

Monday is the day for participants to "show their stuff." Exhibitors at the fair must register and entries may be dropped off between 3 and 8 p.m. for all categories. Each exhibitor will need to get an exhibitor number and use that to register all of his/her exhibits. Enter in such categories as: Arts and Crafts, Photography, Needlework, Apiary, Baked Goods, Canned Goods, Fruits and Vegetables, Flowers, 4-H Exhibits, Pumpkin Patch, Edible Nuts and more.

The rabbit show will also be held on Monday at 5 p.m. This is an opportunity to see the rabbits and the hard work put into the care of them by the owners.

Tuesday starts on the midway at 4 p.m. The swine show will take place at 6 p.m. in the swine tent, and the baked goods auction sponsored by Art Pannebecker will also begin at 6 p.m. at the stage.

The crowning of Miss Denver Fair at 7 p.m., which is sponsored by Country Lane Flowers, highlights Tuesday’s events during the opening ceremonies. Which of the five girls wil be crowned Miss Denver Fair? Who will be crowned by the 2010 queen, Olivia Marstellar? Five young women are going for the title of Miss Denver Fair 2011. They include: Emily Bowman, Kelsi Martin, Emily Zimmerman, Aubree Robitzer and Leah Wallace.

After the crowning, guests are invited to join in the fun at the super candy scramble sponsored by Reinholds VFW at 8 p.m. An opening ride special will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m., where visitors can ride all rides for one low price.

Bingo is scheduled from 2 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Regular bingo begins at 5:30 p.m. weekdays and at noon on Saturday.

The dairy beef show and beef show will take place at 3 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Two big shows on Thursday are the goat show beginning at 3 p.m. and the sheep show beginning at 6 p.m.

The tug of war competition will begin on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Nolt Electric Service, Berks Emergency Equipment and Weavers Store Inc. Participants will get to come down and cheer for their favorite fire company.

Fair week "biggies" include the 11th annual Kiddie Day on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., designed especially for ages six and under, where children can "hang" with Scooby Doo and enjoy his antics — he comes to the fair via the generosity of Blue Ride Communications. J-I-N-G-O also will be featured, with prizes for everyone. Denver Fire Company, East Cocalico police, pony rides (minimal fee), free kiddie tattoos (these do not hurt), free balloon animals, Castle Moon Bounce (donated by Eagle Rental) and rabbit wool spinning demonstrations will round out the festivities.

On Friday a ride bracelet will be available from 1 to 4 p.m., and the livestock auction will begin at 6 p.m. in the show tent.

Saturday, the final day, will begin at 9 a.m. with the pet show (sponsored by the Nancy Frantz Family) on the main stage. The baby parade, sponsored by Sun Valley Landscaping Equipment, will start at 10 a.m. on North Ninth Street. Guests may ride all the rides for one low price from 1 to 5 p.m.

Local pre-selected celebrities will compete and chew their away to winning status at the celebrity hot wings eating contest sponsored for the 13th year by Wild Wings of Ephrata at 2 p.m. on the stage. See if Nelson Groff and John Clair will bite it out — who will retain the title? These two tied for first last year with 55 wings in five minutes. The Jell-O eating contest will follow at 3 p.m., sponsored by Weaver Markets.

Music abounds the fairgrounds during fair week. Guests may check out the directory and come set a spell to the music highlights. This year several new musical attractions will be offered. On Thursday at 6 p.m., celebrate music in the schools, featuring the Cocalico School District Music Department. (See page 26 of the fair book.) On Friday at 7 p.m. The Rajah Shrine Chanters will be sponsored by Bill and Sandy Coldren. On Saturday night Flamin’ Dick & the Hot Rods will play the classics of the ’50’s and ’60’s starting at 7:30 p.m. as visitors "dance their saddle shoes off," followed by the fireworks show at 10 p.m.

A different variety of entertainment, Star Family Circus, will perform in the midway all week long, sponsored by Ephrata National Bank.

Children preschool age up to and including fifth graders may tell the grownups (mommy, daddy, big brother or sister, even grandma or grandpa) to get a coloring page for them so they can enter the contest. Check the fair booklet for any further information and the procedure for claiming checks and exhibits at the end of the fair when registering exhibits.

The show tents will feature sheep, baby beef, rabbits and swine. Exhibits will open beginning Tuesday at 7 p.m. and after that daily at 11 a.m., except for Saturday, when the exhibits will be open from 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. All exhibits will close at 10 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

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