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Late fair parade entries welcome

Jul 25, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The annual procession starts at 6 p.m., with check-in beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Smith's Food and Drug on West Main Street.

It may be too late to pre-register for a spot in this weekend's Twilight Fair Parade, but organizers say anyone who wants to march on Saturday should plan to.

"They can show up the day of," parade planner Rachel Phillips said. "There will be extra spots."

About 50 entries already are signed up for the event, including a couple of local dance studios and one crew of children who plan to race miniature cars as part of the evening procession.

Phillips anticipates about 20-30 additional floats will appear this weekend.

The parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. Check-in is at 4:30 p.m. in the Smith's Food and Drug parking lot, 1200 W. Main St..

Phillips said marchers will line up on the eastbound side of Main Street at North Eighth Street West.

"Then when the parade starts, they'll just go down Main," Phillips said.

The parade will end on South Sixth Street East.

She encouraged people to get involved by designing a float, or simply watching the parade along Main Street.

"It's good family fun," Phillips said. "It's been a bit of work, but I'm really enjoying it."

She is a member of the Riverton Jaycees group that is organizing the event for 2014 as part of an effort to revitalize the service organization.

"I think we've been active a year," said Phillips, who joined the Jaycees in February.

Anyone with questions about the parade can call Phillips at (303) 875-7941.

Road blocks

Local officials have released a map outlining the best ways to access the Fremont County Fairgrounds during the Fremont County Fair and Rodeo.

According to the map, Fairgrounds Drive will be a one-way street, with only northbound and westbound traffic allowed on the curved roadway. People are asked to park in the lot behind the Fremont Center and not on Fairgrounds Drive.

In addition, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe avenues will be closed between South Seventh Street East and South Federal Boulevard to avoid congestion in construction areas on Federal.

The temporary changes to road rules already have been put in place and will remain throughout the week of fair, which ends Aug. 2.

"With all the families and all the kids down there, this makes it a lot safer for everyone," Riverton Police Department Capt. Eric Murphy said.

Officers already have fielded complaints about the modifications, he added.

"(One sergeant) was cussed at yesterday, and another man actually threatened to sue him," Murphy said.

Regardless, Murphy said the RPD is not going to compromise public safety for the convenience of motorists.

"It sucks," he said. "But it's going to be inconvenient for everyone."

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