by Mayor Mike Todd
Things are hopping in Grain Valley, and we will be bringing you some exciting things right here in the Valley News this summer. Believe it or not, planning for the Grain Valley Fair on September 6th and 7th has been ongoing for several months now.
We are striving to continue to make it a great event for the entire family with some great returning events and some new additions as well. Of course the Carnival will be back along with a great selection of vendors. Vendor signups are up from where they were this time last year and our food choices look to be growing as well.
Not only will you still be able to enjoy a great tasting burger from the Burger Barn, but you can also enjoy some Kettle Corn, a corn dog, some great BBQ, and lots of other choices. New this year will be fresh made Pork Rinds and returning to wash it all down will be Keck’s Root beer.
One of the returning events this year will be the Fair 5K on September 6th. We had a great turn out last year and hope to grow that number this year. If you aren’t into running, that’s fine, you can always walk the course if you prefer.
New this year as part of the 5K will be a Kid’s Fun Run. It is a shorter distance for kids to run, but they still get all the cool stuff that comes with the 5K. For more information including what the shirts and custom medals look like check out the registration at https://runsignup.com/Race/MO/GrainValley/GrainValleyFair5K.
After a one year hiatus we are also excited to announce that 98.1 KMBZ will once again be broadcasting live from the Fair on Friday September 6th. Jayme and Wickett will be live from 10 AM-2 PM and Dana and Parks will be live from 2 PM-6PM.
That will be followed by Grain Valley Idol, which is a new event being put on by the Grain Valley Partnership. If you have ever wanted to be a Superstar make sure to keep an eye out for more information regarding Grain Valley Idol to be coming out.
And that is just the beginning. On Saturday September 8th, we still have the Grain Valley Community Parade. It is one of the highlights of the weekend and this year the Grain Valley VIPS will be heading it up. Keep an eye out for more information regarding the Parade to be coming out from them in the near future.
In addition to the Parade there are tons of things happening again on Saturday at the Fair. The cornhole tournament will be making a return with some exciting changes, live music will once again be the entertainment highlight at the Pavilion, and new this year will the addition of an Exotic Petting Zoo. Young and old alike will enjoy feeding the camels, zebras, and bison.
If you like live music, make sure to check out our schedule online for our complete list of bands performing on Saturday September 7th. We try every year to bring in something for everyone. Our headliners this year start with the Tom Petty tribute band Petty Theft.
As for our main headliner. Make sure to break out the Aquanet to get that hair as big as you can, dig those leg warmers and ripped jeans out of the closet, and let’s see those mullets as Member’s Only will rock the stage with recognizable hits of the 80s.
Finally, closing the whole weekend out will be our Fair Fireworks Show on Saturday night. It will bring a great end to a great weekend of fun in Grain Valley. If you want to stay up to date as to what is happening with the Fair and keep an eye on the schedule of events the best places to are our Facebook page Grain Valley Fair and our website www.grainvalleyfair.com. We look forward to seeing everyone there and hope for some dry weather.