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'It's the thing to do'

Annual Parker Days festival draws and delights thousands


Good weather and good times were on the calendar from June 8 to June 11 as the town of Parker presented the annual Parker Days festival to an estimated 249,000 patrons, according to Dennis Houston, president and CEO of the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce.

This year's event featured more vendors, more entertainers and wider boundaries, as the grounds stretched from the hill north of O'Brien Park south to Mainstreet and east to Pine Drive.

“I still enjoy the small-town atmosphere, somewhat,” said Franktown resident Sue Duncan, who's been bringing her daughter Jenny to the fair for more than 20 years. “But it's getting a lot bigger.”

“It got huge. I remember when it was just a little podunk thing, but now it's massive,” Jenny added. “Now everybody goes.”

Wright Amusements, provider of carnival rides, food and games each of the festival's 40 years, outfitted the rides with new LED lights that illuminated the evening skies while national celebrities like '80s rocker Bret Michaels and the Budweiser Clydesdales joined local buskers, poets and musicians to entertain attendees from across the metro region.

Elizabeth native Jacob Clark brought his daughter, Autumn, 8, for what has become an annual tradition for the family.

“We've been coming since she was in her mom's tummy,” Clark said, pointing to Autumn. “You've got to love it — it's the thing to do.”


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