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Rollicking start to a hometown tradition

Annual Parker Days festival returns with old favorites, new attractions


Parker Days, the town's annual opportunity to showcase small-town charm, nationally known artists and time-tested attractions, got off to a rollicking start on June 8 with a rocking concert, roaring carnival rides and more than a thousand attendees.

Patrons at the evening “Sneak Peek” for the festival enjoyed a few new activities, including stilt-walking tutorials and an oversized bubble machine on Mainstreet, as well as traditional pastimes like thrill rides on the hill north of O'Brien Park and the children's carnival, in its new location this year near the PACE Center.

Pam Richard, a Denver resident and teacher at the Parker Montessori School, brought her granddaughters, Kaylie, 11, and Lilah, 6, to the festival for the second time.

“I remember last year riding all the fast cars and stuff,” said Kaylie. “This year I'm looking forward to going on The Tornado.”

The children, who traveled from Kentucky for a summer visit, chose the date of their trip especially for the occasion, Richard said.

“It's one of the main reasons they come to Colorado,” Richard said. “We could have done it for Father's Day, but then they would have missed this.”


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