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Music, food and fun at the Parker Country Festival

With snow flying and temperatures dipping below freezing, spirits can be lifted with thoughts of summer fun. No Colorado Front Range summer would be complete without a trip to Parker for the Parker Country Festival as bikers, families, children, and music and food lovers converge upon the old west horse town for eating, drinking, dancing and fun at it's summer finest.

Music, dancing, food and fun at the annual Parker Country Festival
Steve Krull

Every summer in the middle of June the carnival descends upon O'Brein Park in Parker with exhilarating rides, eclectic vendors selling everything from jewelry to western clothing to fine contemporary and western artwork, and a huge food court providing tasty treats. The Parker Chamber of Commerce always works hard to provide a spectacular lineup of bands playing every kind of music on two stages from country to blues to rock and roll. The beer garden is always a big hit during back to back concerts throughout the day.

This year the festival will start with music and dancing on Friday night, June 13th . The festival officially kicks off on Saturday with a colorful western parade including floats, horses, vintage cars and marching bands that meanders past the park and through the town of Parker. The 2014 entertainment lineup will also include a vintage car show to be held on Sunday. There is no shortage of activities for youngsters with a wonderful section set apart just for kids, including a petting zoo, bounce houses and kiddy rides.

Parker has much to offer visitors including a fine assortment of restaurants and bars that line main street, including the historic Warhorse Inn. Harley Davidson Motorcycles lining both sides of the street are a source of entertainment themselves with visitors strolling past to view these colorful tributes to Americana.

So this summer be sure to reserve a day in the middle of June for funnel cakes, turkey legs, the beer garden and some dancing at the Parker Country Festival. Bring clothing for any kind of weather. Colorado can be hot and dry or cold and raining without notice in early summer.

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