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FUN THINGS TO DO:

• Enjoy your Favorite Festival Fare

MAIN STAGE – Live Music ALL Day

• Music on Three Stages

HEADLINERS: Friday, June 10 presented by 8pm: Country Artists Tribute Showcase

• Culinary Demonstrations

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• Street Performers • Carnival Rides for the Whole Family • Free Kids Crafts • Artisan Demonstrations:

8:30pm: Rock Of 80’s Sunday, June 12 presented by 4:30pm: The Long Run (Eagles Tribute Band)

– Macrame – Decorative Furniture Painting – Hammock Weaving

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– Lacemaking • Silent Disco – Dance, Dance, Dance! • Get Dizzy in a Human Hamster Ball • Bungy Jumping • Mechanical Bull • Jump and Slide on the Inflatables • Nurf Terf Battles (Nurf version of Paintball) • All Aboard! Ride the Sunshine Express Train on Mainstreet

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• Discounted Single-Day Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands Purchase online for $35 through Thursday, June 9 at 12 noon. • Single-Day Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands Sold at the Festival for $40. • 3-Day MEGA Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands Purchase online for $70 through Thursday, June 9 at 12 noon. NOT SOLD AT THE FESTIVAL. • Tickets for Rides, Food and Beverages may be purchased at Festival Ticket Booths.

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GREAT EARLY-BIRD HOTEL ROOM RATE. Enjoy Parker Days Festival by staying overnight or have friends and family come at stay at SpringHill Suites. As our official hotel sponsor, SpringHill Suites is offering King bed and/or Double Queen bed rooms at $139 per room per night. This pricing offer is available through May 18, 2022. Call 303-841-6700 and ask for the Parker Days Festival special rate with Code PFP. Reserve your room before the limited number of rooms available runs out and/or this special rate expires. The hotel is only 2.4 miles away from the Festival at O’Brien Park in downtown Parker, Colorado. 2 SEARCHPARKER


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FEATURES THE FESTIVAL It's back! THE festival of festivals has returned and this year's edition promises to be like nothing we've experienced before.

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Savannah Cavanaugh was crowned Miss Colorado 2022 on May 28 at The PACE Center. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2023.

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Congratulations Class of 2022! The local high schools all had their graduation ceremonies last month. Most were fortunate to have good weather ... all except Legend, which endured some rain and snow.

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After a two year hiatus, the festival is back! The signature event for our town returns with its splendor and rich history ... but what is that history? There are plenty of stories out there about memories and unforgettable moments, but an official history is nowhere to be found. With a narrative that includes two cancellation periods (1987-1989 and 2020-2021) and even a name change (Parker Country Festival), we think it's a history worth curating. We are on a mission to do just that.

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The Parker Days Festival seems to be woven into the fabric of our community. It is the most-attented event our town has and rewrites our weekend plans, as well as the traffic patterns, every June. Whether you attend the festival or not, you know each year when The Festival is happening. And it's been that way for years. An event with this type of impact, turnout, and community involvement would surley have a rich and interesting history. And I'm sure it does; it's just not preserved anywhere. The signature event of our town is wrapped in mystery when it comes to its origin and historical developement. Most people guess the festival started sometime in the early 70's, a simple parade with a few booths selling local wares and goods to celebrate the town's growth. Through the years there have been stories of its evolution; the year the big tent blew over so several men picked it up and carried it to the other side of Parker Road (back when the festival was mainly centered in a field where Home Depot now stands), the tractor pulls and toilet bowl races that took place up Main Street (I am advocating we bring those back!), and the tornado that hit in '91 that flooded downtown right in the middle of the festival. The history of the festival hasn't been compiled yet, but it's out there. It lives in the memories of our long-time citizens. We want to hear those stories, we want to compile those memories. So if you have lived here for long enough to remember its origin, or even just some stories from "back in the day," reach out to us and let us know. Email us at contribute@tuellers.com.

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