New performers highlight Denver Fair’s big return

By on September 5, 2012

By: MICHELLE REIFF Review Staff, Staff Writer

One year after Tropical Storm Lee ravaged the area and canceled the yearly event, organizers are gearing up for the highly anticipated return of the Denver Fair.

"We do not believe that last year’s unfortunate rain will hinder us," said Lorraine Korber, publicity chair of the fair, sponsored by Henry Schein.

In preparation for the big comeback, several new features have been planned to highlight this year’s fair week, Sept. 11 to 15.

The Midway Act of Star Family Circus, sponsored by Ephrata National Bank, will offer thrill and delight guests of all ages with free entertainment in the midway throughout the week.

This year the Miss Denver Fair competition has nearly twice as many contestants — 11 girls have chosen to vie for the title as opposed to last year’s five. The coronation, sponsored by Country Lane Flowers, will take place during opening ceremonies Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

"They all have such good attributes," said Korber. "They go through an interview process and give a speech; none of the judges have anything to do with the committee.

Korber added that it is not a beauty pageant; winning is based on endeavors and what the contestants aspire to be.

This year’s fair will also feature the premiere of Night of Music in Our Schools, set for Sept. 13. Various musical groups from the Cocalico School District Music Department will perform, including the high school marching band, high school and middle school vocal soloists, small group ensembles and piano soloists; middle school instrumental soloists and small group ensembles; along with the traditional West African drum and dance ensemble known as Cocalikulmba. Local children and young adults will display the qualities they love.

"We always talked about bringing the local groups in to the fair because it’s going to bring the kids out — bring their fans to the fair, their music," said Korber. "We’re using the schools to start that premise."

Also new this year will be the Rajah Shrine Chanters. Sponsored by 2009 Potentate Bill and Sandy Coldren, the group will offer the crowd some toe-tapping music at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14.

The remainder of the week’s line-up is as follows:

The midway will have many concessions, games of fun and tricks with lots of prizes to win, food and business expo venders and bingo held daily. Visitors can check the fair book or bingo tent for game times. A free petting zoo will be offered. The midway will be open Sept. 11 through 13, 4 to 10 p.m.; Sept. 14, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Exhibits must be handed in on Sept. 10 starting at 3 and ending at 8 p.m. Entrants can bring their fruits and vegetables, baked goods, homemade wines, cakes and cookies, decorated brooms, apiary items, art works, coloring pages, crafts, Legos, photography, and more. The rabbit show will also be held on Sept. 10. Registration will start at 3:30, and the judging/show will officially start at 5 p.m.

The fair officially will open Sept. 11 with the swine show at 6 p.m. along with the baked good auctions at 6 p.m. at the stage. An opening night ride special event will be offered — ride all the rides for $15 per person from 6 p.m. to close. The last big event of the night will be a super candy scramble, sponsored by Reinhold’s VFW, beginning at 8 p.m.

Sept. 12 will feature the dairy beef show. Another ride special called Buddy Night will be available — from 6 p.m. to closing, two people can ride for the price of one. Aevidum, a group of young adults from Cocalico High School, will have a special event on the stage beginning at 7 p.m.

The boat show will be held Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. and the sheep show at 6 p.m. A Family Night ride special where guests can ride all the rides for $18.00 will be offered from 6 p.m. to closing. The firefighters tug of war competition, sponsored by Berks Emergency Equipment, Nolt Electric Service and Weaver’s Store Inc., will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

The 12th Annual Kiddie Day, sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications and Eagle Rental, will take place Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 6 and under. Children can visit with the East Cocalico Police, have story time with Ms. Carol from Adamstown Area library, get a free tattoo, meet the Denver Fire Company, visit with Scooby Doo, play Jingo (kids’ bingo) and take a leap in the Castel Moon Bounce. Once the kids are done, another ride special — ride all rides for $12 per person — will be featured from 1 to 4 p.m. At 6 p.m. visitors can watch the livestock auction.

Sept. 15 will begin with the pet show, sponsored by the Nancy Frantz family, at 9 a.m. on the stage. At 10 a.m. the baby parade will start lining up for judging. This is sponsored by Sun Valley Landscaping Services and registration is required. At noon, the Pedal Power Tractor Pull will be held, sponsored by Deere Country Lawn and Garden. A family ride special, when guests can ride all rides for $15 per person, will run from 1 to 5 p.m. At 2 p.m. the local celebrity hot wing eating contest will take place on the stage, sponsored by Wild Wings of Ephrata. Immediately following will be the Jell-o eating contest at 3 p.m., sponsored by Weaver Markets.

Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods will then perform on stage from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Fireworks will commence at 10 p.m. as a grand finale to a great fair week. Exhibits removal will begin at 9 p.m. and finish at midnight.

"We believe that we are back and stronger than before," said Korber. "We are set up and ready to go." More DENVER FAIR, page A10

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