The Grain Valley Fair begins Friday, September 6th with a full slate of activities on Friday and Saturday.
Local radio personalities Jayme and Wickett from 98.1 KMBZ will do a live remote from 10:00am—2:00pm, followed by KMBZ hosts Dana and Parks from 2:00pm—6:00pm. The beer garden, sponsored by the Grain Valley Partnership, opens at 2:00pm and the carnival midway and vendor booths open at 4:00pm.
FOCUS for Grain Valley will offer bingo on Friday evening and Saturday, and a full slate of activities at the fairgrounds are listed on page 2 of this edition.
The 2nd Annual Grain Valley Fair 5K begins at 8:00am on Saturday. Registration for the race continues until race day.
The following roads will be closed or have limited access from 7:50am—9:30am to allow for the Grain Valley Fair 5K:
-Main Street from James Rollo to
-Eagles Parkway from Main Street to
Cross Creek Drive
-N. Cross Creek Drive from Eagles
Parkway to Broadway
-Broadway from N Cross Creek Drive
to NW Parker
-NW Parker from Broadway to NW
-NW Willow from NW Parker to Kirby
-Kirby from NW Willow to Yennie
-Yennie from Kirby to Main Street
-James Rollo Drive
The Grain Valley Parade begins at Noon on Saturday.
The following roads will be closed or have limited access from 11:55am—2:00pm during the parade:
-Eagles Parkway from Kirby Road to
-Main Street from Eagles Parkway to
-Walnut Street from Main Street to
-Kirby Road from Walnut Street to
Several bands are scheduled to perform Saturday evening at the Pavilion behind the Community Center and fireworks will begin at 9:30pm.
Security at large public events is increasingly a concern, especially given recent shootings throughout the country. Mayor Mike Todd said the Grain Valley Fair committee has taken another look at security measures for the festival and feels confident in their plans.
“During the evening hours of the Fair both nights we have two off duty Grain Valley police officers who are brought in to patrol the fair grounds. They do that by foot and via one of our UTVs we have. Fair staff is able to communicate directly with them via radio and in turn they can communicate with our other on duty officers via radio if they were to need additional assistance,” Todd said.
“In addition to that we have VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) volunteers who also patrol the fair grounds and parking lots as well. Another thing we have going in our favor is that the police station is adjacent to the Fair as well so that is a deterrent plus helps out with response times if we were to need additional assistance.”
For more information on the Grain Valley Fair, including a listing of vendors and schedule of events, visit www.grainvalleyfair.com.
The Grain Valley Fair Parade begins at Noon on Saturday, September 7th.
Photo credit: Diana Luppens, Switch Focus Studios