After having to cancel almost all events in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Grain Valley Fair committee is thrilled to open its fair next weekend. The Fair will be held at Armstrong Park on September 10th and 11th, with the community parade held downtown on Saturday, September 11th at 2:00pm.
It feels great and a little overwhelming to be back at it full blown. After being off a year from the Fair we are a bit rusty. You forget a lot of the little stuff that it takes to make it all happen and all the people that have to work together to pull it off. You never know how much goes into it until you are involved,” Fair committee chair Mike Todd said.
The committee has planned a full weekend of entertainment for the entire family.
“Bob Jovi and KCDC will definitely be something you won't want to miss. They are a couple of the top bands in KC. We have more vendors this year than we had in 2019, so people will want to put some time aside to do some shopping. There are numerous boutiques, crafters, and direct sales booths. We also have a new carnival this year coming to us from Iowa so new rides and new inflatables that we haven't had before at the Fair. Plus the parade is always one of the largest events in Grain Valley for the year so having it back is great.”
The community parade will be held Saturday, September 11th at 2:00pm, with the parade beginning at the high school, heading north on Main Street, west on Walnut, and south on Kirby on the way back to the high school.
Volunteers are the backbone of the event, and additional volunteers are needed throughout the fair.
“We are always looking for volunteers. With the number of vendors we have coming in we could definitely use help during vendor set up starting at 10:00am on September 10th. We can also use volunteers during the fair hours for things such as vendor hospitality, first aid, helping us keep an eye on restrooms, and keeping an eye on trash,” Todd said.
Volunteers may reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.grainvalleyfair.org and follow the Grain Valley Fair page on Facebook.
“We also have a few other surprises we are working on right now that we will announce on Facebook so that is the best place to keep updated,” Todd said.