Three-day event provides fun, entertainment

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Formerly known as the Parker Country Festival, Parker Days is set to once again bring close to 100,000 people to Parker. The count down to the festival happening June, 11-13, has begun.

Event coordinator Scott Wattum said the event's name change is an effort to being the event back to its roots. Twenty years ago, before the festival was called the Parker Country Festival, the event was called Parker Days. Along with the name change, the market place location has been changed to the Mainstreet and Victorian Drive area.

“Before we had the marketplace area near O'Brien Park, but this year we wanted to give the marketplace a street-fair feel like it used to be years ago,” he said.

The location of the main stage also has been changed to the O’Brien pool parking lot. Wattum said the change will allow the concerts to be more visible to the public driving by the event.

“More people will be able to see the concerts and hear the concerts and it might bring in more people to the festival,” he said.

What hasn't changed this year is the variety of activities and entertainment available to the people attending. The carnival will be open all three days of the festival and more than 100 vendors will be selling foods and crafts. KYGO will again provide live music, including Jerrod Niemann as the main act Saturday night with Brad Lee Schroeder as his opener.

“We have some great musical acts coming out this year,” Wattum said. “I believe this will be the best festival yet with better attendance from last year.”

Even though the festival has a new name, the events and atmosphere remain the same. Parker Days will provide an opportunity for families and friends to enjoy a fun event without traveling far to experience it.

“It's a chance to get out and see the community of Parker at its best,” Wattum said. “There is good, free entertainment with carnival rides and a chance to meet up with old friends. It's just darn fun.”

For more information on Parker Days or to purchase carnival tickets visit http://parkerdays.org.