Funnel cakes, carnival rides, and live music will have to wait another year as COVID-19 shuts down Parker Days again for 2021.
Parker's signature annual festival—Parker Days—has been canceled for a second year due to COVID-19. Event organizers cited uncertainty about what state and local requirements will look like in June along with challenges with maintaining social distancing in large crowds as reasons for the cancellation.
Parker Mayor Jeff Toberg announced the cancellation during an address to the community last week. He promised the town would help the Parker of Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event, put on an even better event in 2022.
The festival was scheduled to take place in downtown Parker June 10-13.
Parker Days was also canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the first time the event was not held in 45 years. The annual event brings together carnival rides, live performances, and local food and craft vendors for a four-day event that attracts more than 150,000 people.
The event draws a wide variety of attendees, from families coming out for the carnival rides and midway games to music lovers taking in performances on three different stages. The festival's live music lineup typically draws large crowds to the event. In 2018, Grammy-nominated country star Trace Adkins performed on the event's Main Stage to kick off the festival.
A community parade is also part of the festival on Saturday, and specialized vendors and events provide fun activities, including street hockey with the Colorado Avalanche Amateur Hockey Development Team, water balls, bounce houses and inflatables, the Nerf Zone, Rocky Mountain Mini Train Rides, pony rides and face painting.
Dozens of local restaurants fill the O'Brien Park parking lot with selections from street tacos to turkey legs to fruit on a stick. More recently the event added a food truck roundup, providing a delicious, eclectic trip around the world of cuisine.
Have you attended Parker Days in the past? Share your favorite memories of the event in the comments.