Faire full of fun for all

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Westminster Faire is bigger and better this year with even more fun and free activities being offered to the community. And for the first time, the Westminster Faire, on Aug. 10, is happening in conjunction with Westminster Day, giving the community even more opportunities to enjoy what the city has to offer all day long.

“This year is really going to be a lot of fun because people can participate in other activities that just the faire,” said Heather Hammarstrom, recreation specialist for the city. “So if people don’t necessarily want to head down to the fair, they can still have a lot of fun with many other activities.”

Westminster Day starts with the family-friendly 5K/10K Holy Cow Stampede starting at 8 a.m. at the Christopher Fields Softball Complex, 5875 W. 104th Ave. Preregistration is $25, which includes a T-shirt ($20 without a shirt). Race day fees are $30, including the T-shirt ($25 without). To register, visit www.cityofwestminster.us.

For those golfers out there, the city is offering free buckets of range balls from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Heritage and Legacy Ridge golf courses and free yoga is also being offered 7-8 a.m. at City Park, 92nd Avenue and Yates Street. Following the race and the yoga is a pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. at City Park Recreation Center, 10455 Sheridan Blvd.

“Another great thing happening during the day is free admission at all of the city recreation centers,” Hammarstrom said. “There will be fun activities as well as those places.”

The Westminster Faire, which was voted Best Annual Event by the readers of the Westsider in the Best of the Best competition, is set to start at 10 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. at City Park. The event will feature many free activities and entertainment on two stages.

The Primrose School Adventure zone will be the place for the little ones featuring jumping castles, a climbing wall, giant slides, games and face painting with the Butterfly Pavilion offering a variety of creepy and crawly creatures for kids to look at and touch. Youngsters can also play free carnival games to win prizes and also try out their skills at the junior firefighter combat challenge.

But the fun’s not just for the kids at this year’s faire. The Pet Place has expanded to include even more activities for the pets including free professional pet photos and Yappy Hour 1-4 p.m. where pets can enjoy free treats and ice and water pools. Low-cost vaccinations, licensing and microchipping will also be available.

“This year we wanted to expand the pet area because so many people enjoyed it last year,” Hammarstrom said. “We think pet owners will really like what we have to offer at the faire for their pets.”

As for entertainment, the main stage will feature performances by the city of Westminster dance recital and drama camp at 10 a.m., followed by Pulse at 12:30 p.m. and finally The Margarita Brothers at 3 p.m. The community stage will have a variety of performers including a Zumba demonstration and belly dancing. Something new this year is a free evening concert 7-9 p.m. at Christopher Fields featuring The Long Run Band.

“Something we’ve never done before is have a beer garden,” Hammarstrom said. “So this year noon to 4 p.m. people can enjoy some beer in the garden while they cool off in the shade and watch the bands play.”

Plenty of vendors will also be on-site at the faire selling a variety of items as well as food vendors.

For more information on the Westminster Faire, visit www.ci.westminster.co.us.

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