Parker Days to celebrate city's 135th anniversary
The annual Parker Days celebration begins on Friday this year. The three-day event includes a fish fry, a parade, free ride and a fishing tournament. (File photo)
Friday evening begins a three-day observance and celebration of the 135th anniversary of the founding of Parker in 1888 with the theme of “Celebrating 135 Years.”
A fish fry on Friday sponsored by the Parker Masonic Lodge will begin at 6 p.m. A free-will donation is suggested. Also on Friday, quilt blocks for the quilt drawing are due.
The real celebration begins on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. with the kids parade. Entries should register at the shelter house at Heritage Park by 10:30 a.m. Vendors can also set up in the park beginning at 8 a.m.
At 11 p.m., the main parade begins at Parker Elementary School and heads east of Woodward Street past Heritage Park. Those entries that want to be eligible for judging should register at a table in the school parking lot by 10:15 a.m.
The Parker Historical Society’s museum on Main Street will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and a cupcake walk will be held every 30 minutes.
At noon, the baby contest begins for children up to 24 months of age at the shelter house. Entrants need to register their babies by 11:45 a.m.
Raygan Stifter, left, and Brinley LawRance are royalty candidates for Parker Days this year. You can purchase raffle tickets from either one of them. (Screen capture/Parker Days Facebook)
At noon until 4 p.m., the free rides and inflatables open. The rides were a huge hit last year for the kids, and they were kept busy after their scheduled time.
Other afternoon events include:
1 p.m. Horseshoe pitching tournament
2 p.m. Kids games including water balloon those, egg toss, turtle race and other contests
3 p.m. Frozen t-shirt contest at the shelter house
5 p.m. Community dinner, free-will donation
6 p.m. Dinner entertainment
7:15 p.m. Crowning of Parker Days royalty and drawing for the grand prize and the quilt
8 to 10 p.m. DJ entertainment
The two candidates for royalty are Raygan Stifter, son of Ryan and Jesyka Stifter, and Brinley LawRance, daughter of Trent and Riley LawRance. Both of them are working to sell Parker Days raffle tickets.
Grand prizes include $500, $250, $100, and the Parker Day quilt. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Raffle ticket buyer do not need to be present to win the grand prizes.
There will also be many merchants prizes from the raffle drawing as well. Winners of those prizes must be present to win.
On Sunday, the kids fishing tournament at Parker Lake runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.