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83RD ANNUAL WESTERN WELCOME WEEK AUGUST 10 - 21, 2011 | PAGE 1 A DAY TO CELEBRATE G. Jeff Golden The crown jewels of Western Welcome Week, without a doubt, are Festival Day and the Grand Parade. More than 75,000 people have visited historic downtown Littleton for Festival Day in previous years, WWW Director Cindy Hathaway said. The Grand Parade is from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 20, but events begin as early as 6:30 a.m. and run until 9:30 p.m. A children’s parade will immediately precede the main one beginning at 7:30 a.m. The 2011 parade has more than 100 entries, including 11 high school marching bands from across the state, Hathaway said. The parade route, which is unchanged from previous years, begins at the intersection of Littleton Boulevard and Gallup Street and ends at Rapp Street and Church Avenue. But the parade is only a small part of Festival Day. Approximately 260 booths will be set up downtown, featuring sponsors, nonprofit organizations, concessions, merchants and entertainers. Two stages will be set up, with one devoted to family-friendly music and the other to dancing. The Elks Lodge will even open its doors to the public, which is a rare occurrence. “It’s pretty much a day full of lots to do,” Hathaway said. As with most events downtown, Reinke Bros. will be a full participant. The store will offer a sneak preview of its haunted mansion and provide a third stage for entertainment, Hathaway said. Most of the day’s events are family friendly, but there will also be a dedicated children’s area. Kids of all ages can enjoy free games and activities, some of which center on teaching safety. A rescue unit from Rural Metro Ambulance will be on display for visitors to tour. Western Welcome Week began on Aug. 1, 1929, when Littleton Independent editor Houston Waring helped organize Homecoming Days, calling for all those who had previously lived in or visited Littleton to return. The event was renamed Western Welcome Week in 1962. The parade prize for the best use of the annual theme is named in Waring’s honor. Top: Riders from the 3 Margaritas parade entry trot down Rapp Street during last year’s Western Welcome Week Grand Parade. Above: Jack Foreman, 2, points out horses to his mother, Megan Foreman, during last year’s parade. She said his favorites were drummers. File photos Special supplement to the Centennial Citizen, Englewood Herald, Highlands Ranch Herald, Littleton Independent and Lone Tree Voice. 9800 Mount Pyramid Court, Ste.100 | (303) 566-4100 | Editor: Chris Rotar | News: Sonya Ellingboe, Tom Munds, G. Jeff Golden | Photographer: Courtney Kuhlen | Sales Manager: Erin Addenbrooke | Design: Andy Rickard

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