'Roots' is theme of annual celebration of Parker Days

“Roots” is the theme of this year’s Parker Day celebration on Saturday, Sept.18.

The celebration actually begins 4 p.m. Friday afternoon with a fishing derby for kids at the Parker Lake southwest of town on 1900 Road. Registration for the event begins at 3:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at 5:30 p.m. so that families have plenty of time to make the Prairie View football game.

Saturday’s events start early with the Parker Days 10th Annual 5K Run/Walk. Registration for the run starts at 7:15 a.m. at Parker Heritage Park, and the race starts at 8 a.m. Fees for runners are $25 for adults, $15 for K-12 students and $20 for walkers, and participants receive t-shirts.

The Kids’ Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and participants are required to register at the Heritage Park shelter house by 10:15 a.m.

The main parade begins at 11 a.m., and the Parker Day committee is offering cash prizes for best float and entries. Best overall entry receives $50.

Best Float earns $25 with a $20 prize to second place. Best Band wins $25, with a second-place prize of $20. Similar prizes are awarded for Best Motorized and Best Animal entries.

To be eligible for judging, entries should sign up at the Parker Elementary School parking lot by !0:15 a.m.

From noon to 4 p.m. there will be free rides and inflatables at the park.

Babies birth to 24 months are eligible to participate in the Baby Contest at noon at the shelter house.

A horseshoe pitching tournament starts at 1 p.m., and kids’ games begin at 2 p.m. Those games include water balloon toss, egg toss and turtle race.

At 3 p.m. the Frozen T-Shirt Contest gets under way. And at 5 p.m. a Community Dinner is served with the organizer asking for free-will donations.

Ventriloquist Kevin Horner will provide post dinner entertainment at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Parker Days royalty will be crowned and the winners of the grand prize and quilt drawing will be announced.

The day of celebration comes to an end with music provided by a deejay from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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