People have missed the annual parade that traditionally kicked off the Adams County Fair, so for the first time since 2011, it’s back. “We are excited to have it come back,” said Casandra …
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People have missed the annual parade that traditionally kicked off the Adams County Fair, so for the first time since 2011, it’s back.
“We are excited to have it come back,” said Casandra Bossingham, fair and special events manager for Adams County. “It’s been quite a few years since we had it and we’ve partnered with the City of Brighton to bring it back.”
The fair, now in its 114th year, runs Aug. 1-5 at the Adams County Regional Park, 97556 Henderson Road, Brighton. But the parade steps off a few days early. It begins at 9:30 a.m. July 28, the Saturday before the fair. It follows the traditional path through Brighton, starting at 168th Avenue, it runs south along North Main Street, turns east onto E. Bridge Street and then continues south on South 4th Avenue. It ends at Jessup Street, just west of Carmichael Park.
“It lacked participation at the end, but we still had some people who really wanted it back,” Bossingham said. “The met with County Commissioners and made that clear, so we were able to work with Brighton. They stepped up, so we’re very excited to see how it goes.”
So far, the parade has 30 entries.
“We have some more filtering in,” she said. “For our first year back, we think that’s pretty good accomplishment.”
The fair itself kicks off on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
It features plenty of food, beer, a carnival midway, live music and other performances and livestock and produce judging — everything from cattle, llamas, rabbits and poultry to pocket pets like frogs, ants and guinea pigs and from canned foods to fine photography.
Bossingham said the fair was lucky to book Country act Midland for the opening night concert just weeks before the band was nominated for a Grammy award for their song “Drinkin’ Problem.”
“They kind of have taken off since we chose them,” she said. “We are expecting a really big night.”
That concert is scheduled for 8 p.m at the grandstand. It’s free, but donations will benefit the Adams County Sheriff’s Foundation. Live music continues throughout the weekend with acts ranging from country to rock to Latin tunes.
The fair officially opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday Aug.1 featuring the carnival and food and ends at 11 p.m. that first day.
Carnival armbands, good for rides, are $20 on Wednesday, $25 on Thursday and $30 Friday through Sunday. The fair is offering a matinee discount Friday, with $15 carnival armbands that are good until 3 p.m.
The fair reopens at 10 a.m. daily Thursday through Sunday, closing at 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 and midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Thursday is Senior Day featuring square dancing, a stage magician and free activities and games as well as a resource fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All of the events are free and parking is free for seniors.
Friday is Kids Day with the Water World Kid’s Zone featuring bounce houses, zip lines, a ropes course a toddler zone and human foosball.
Bossingham said the county is charging $10 per night for parking on site, but they do offer free off-site parking in two places, at Shadow Ridge Middle School, 12551 Holly St., and Prairie View High School, 12909 E. 120th Ave. Shuttles will run between those lots and the fair every 20 minutes.
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