The InterActive Theater of Jef will be performing on Friday at Denver Days.

Denver Days kicks off next Friday with Special Needs Fun Day followed by the popular Ride All Night for One Price. For the past 17 years, the Denver Rotary Club has organized Denver Days, a family-friendly festival with rides, food and music as a means to raise money for construction and improvements to Denver’s Rescue Squad Park. The dog park should be completed this year and the next improvements are an amphitheater and concession stand, according to Jack Funk, one of the Denver Days organizers.

“New for this year we have a family pass,” Funk said. “A family can purchase 70 tickets for $50. If you’ve got a family of four, say, that’s a real value. This way they don’t have to stand in line either. This isn’t unlimited riding, just purchasing tickets in bulk.”

Also new this year will be the ability to purchase arm bands on Saturday from opening at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be an intermission on the rides to service them on Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m., and after they’ll run until 11 p.m.

New this year is the InterActive Theater of Jef. The “interactive” portion of this artist may be an understatement. Jef is known for his “roving artistry which includes mime, juggling, mask work and variety arts.” He engages festival goers as he travels through.

“I’ve seen him at different festivals and he does a roving act prior to a stage act,” Funk said. “It’s like watching a pied piper because kids just follow him around. He’ll be there at five on Friday with an onstage performance from 6 to 7 p.m.”

The main act on Friday night is Blue Monday, which will take the stage from 7 to 10 p.m. 

On Saturday, Star-Struck Dance Studio will perform from 11 a.m. to noon, and will be followed by a local band, Ren3Gade, from noon to 2 p.m.

There will be an ice cream eating contest, sponsored by JK Cones from 2 to 3 p.m. LA Acoustics will be on stage at 4:30 p.m. followed by Lincolnton’s own Kelby Costner at 7 p.m. 

There will be arts and crafts vendors on Saturday, with food vendors both days. Beer and wine will be sold by Eleven Lakes Brewing.

Denver Days opens Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. for Special Needs Fun Day, which will be followed by Ride All Night for One Price from 5 to 11 p.m. The grounds open Saturday at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.

Denver Days is located at 7835 Galway Lane, just off highway 16, next to Lincoln Charter School. No coolers and no pets except for service dogs are permitted. For more information or for specific times of performances check or call (704) 405-7905.

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