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Organizers envision fall festival

The Denver Days Committee has been busy planning for the third annual fall festival coming up Sept. 30 to Oct. 1.
This year promises to be bigger and better and have the same type of entertainment as last year.
There is even a Web site which has complete schedules, maps and vendor information at denverdays.com.
“Last year we found we were just inundated with telephone calls,” said Jerry Earnest, president of the committee. “We are trying to channel everyone to the Web now so they can find everything they possibly need there.”
The committee is working on adding applications to the Web site for all events including the Denver Beauty Pageant, the 5K fun run, food and craft vendors.
There will also be a map showing where the 5K run will be and a layout of where the vendors will be located on the site.
The fun run will change locations from last year but the committee is still working on where it will be held.

Changes
Some of the new changes this year include a wider variety of carnival rides aimed at targeting teenagers.
The traffic will also be handled more efficiently. Local traffic will be brought in off Triangle Drive. There will also be two exits and two entrances, one at Triangle Drive and one on N.C. 16.
Parking will also be handled differently.
“This year we will have support groups who will tell you where to park in order to get people in quicker,” he said.
Tokens that were used for food vendors last year are being done away with.
Many of the same vendors will be included but the food selection will offer more variety.
“We are going to be more specific. Last year we had four people vending barbecue, this year we are not going to have more than two people doing the same type of food,” Earnest said.

Music
The popular music of the TAMS, will be on Friday night at 7 p.m.
For a taste of their music visit the Web site and click on the link for the TAMS.
Saturday night, music from the Drifters will start at 5 p.m. Their music style is shag and is comparable to the TAMS.

Want to Go?
The committee has been making plans since last year’s Denver Days event. Meetings are held every month.
Attendance last year was 22,000 to 25,000. Earnest expects it will go up this year.
“That is what we are shooting for,” he said.
The event runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Registration for the 5K Run will start at 7 a.m., the run will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.
For a complete listing of events visit the Web site.
All proceeds from the event will be given to the east Lincoln community to help purchase recreational facilities and equipment. by Amy Wadsworth

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