Parker Days comes back this weekend

After 2 years without the summer festival, it's returning

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Carnival Hill will soon have a carnival once again.

The rides are going up and the fences are coming out, which can only mean one thing: Parker Days is upon us once again.

The town’s annual summer festival is returning this weekend, complete with rides, vendors, silent discos and music performances.

The event last took place in 2019 but then was canceled two years in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s event will be a day shorter, have one fewer stage than previous years and won’t feature a parade or car show. The host of the event, the Parker Chamber of Commerce, has focused on making the event more local and “less of a regional madhouse,” said TJ Sullivan, CEO of the chamber.

More than 38 rides are being set up throughout the week leading up to the event.

Carnival Hill, the space north of H2O’Brien Pool between the Parker Senior Center and Grace Baptist Church, will have games, kid rides and large rides. Over on the side of Mainstreet near Pine Drive, the festival will feature ax throwing, bungee jumping, a mechanical bill and human hamster balls. 

The main stage, which will be in O’Brien Park, is scheduled to go up Thursday morning. That evening, the O’Brien Park parking lot is set to be closed for more setup, including tent and generator installation. Eventually, more than 200 vendors will be available throughout the area.

On Friday at 5 a.m. Mainstreet will close and “full madness erupts as the festival takes shape,” Sullivan said.

Throughout the week leading up to the event, organizers also planned to put up about 2.8 miles of fencing. 

“Word around the state is that attendance at events is breaking records, so we might see as many as a half-million people over the course of the three-day event,” Sullivan said. 

Sullivan said he’s most excited about the Colorado Avalanche ice rink, the culinary demonstrations and the silent discos on Friday and Saturday nights. 

“We are so excited to bring this amazing event back to the people of Parker and the surrounding communities,” Sullivan said. “Come and make some memories with us.”

The event is in need of volunteers who can help at beverage stations, particularly on Saturday. Those interested can contact Peg Menos at peg@eventsbyemg.com or 303-501-7868.

The festival will begin Friday at 4 p.m. and will last until Sunday evening.

Full hours:

Friday: 4 to 10 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Parker Days, festival, Colorado

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