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Fun in the sun: Roughrider Days prepares for parade, demolition derby

Although the fireworks show was canceled for the Fourth of July, the Roughrider commission is still excited and ready to go for its remaining events this year.

Each year, hundreds line the streets of downtown Dickinson to watch the Roughrider Days parade, that will be no different Saturday as the parade gets ready to kick off at 10 a.m. (Press file photo)
Each year, hundreds line the streets of downtown Dickinson to watch the Roughrider Days parade, that will be no different Saturday as the parade gets ready to kick off at 10 a.m. (Press file photo)
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Although the fireworks show was canceled for the Fourth of July, the Roughrider commission is still excited and ready to go for its remaining events this year.

Each year, hundreds line the streets of downtown Dickinson to watch the Roughrider Days parade. That will be no different Saturday as the parade gets ready to kick off at 10 a.m.

Kim Volk, the parade chairman, said this year's theme is "Sparkling new horizons," which celebrates the new Stark County Fairgrounds.

There are about 100 entries into this year's parade, which is about the same as last year, Volk said. There will be a lot of horses, the Minions Kevin and Bob, and clowns walking the parade route. There will also be many antique tractors and the Dickinson Roller Derby team for people to enjoy.

"We have a wide variety again and a lot of businesses that entered as well," she said. "We also have Mayor (Scott) Decker coming to the parade."

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The parade will use the same route as last year. It will begin near Paragon Bowl by the corner of Thirteenth Avenue West and Villard, and will then travel down Villard Street before turning onto Fourth Avenue East and then down First Street through downtown. Volk said the parade normally arrives in the downtown area around 10:30 a.m.

"A lot of the people will sit kind of around Hardee's and that intersection, and it's there through downtown so it gets pretty full," she said.

Volk encouraged spectators to be careful and watch their children closely so no one gets hurt when they go up to get any candy that might be thrown from floats.

Family fun day

After watching the parade, families can head over to the 20th annual Family Fun Day. The event, put on by Best Friends Mentoring Program, is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday on the Dickinson State University front lawn. There is no charge to enter the DSU front lawn, but an all-inclusive activities pass is required to participate in the games and activities. Passes will be available at DSU for $20.

This year's event includes 15 giant inflatable bouncers, slides, jousting, a volcano climbing wall, barrel train ride, music and a variety of food vendors. "Heroes" from the police and fire departments, ambulance squad and the Stark County Sheriff's Office will also be on hand to have fun with the kids.

"The best part is seeing children and families enjoying the time together," said BFMP Executive Director Kris Fehr. "Very rarely do we see people not getting along. It's just a nice, relaxing time to see parents and their children spending some nice quality time together and enjoying the sunshine."

BFMP also puts on a Family Fun Day 5K run/walk and youth competition on Saturday. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at DSU, with the youth competition starting at 7:30 a.m. and the run starting at 7:45 a.m.

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Demolition derby

The demolition derby will be Monday afternoon at the Stark County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., with the event starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for kids 6 to 12, and kids 5 and under are free. Spectators can also purchase a pit pass to get close to the action for an additional $10.

Justin Olson, portfolio head for the derby, said there are four classes, including full-size, pickups, the Herby derby and a chain and bang with over $20,000 in prize money on the line.

Olson said they are excited to have the derby at the new fairgrounds.

"They can expect a loud crowd with lots of people," he said. "It's a super fun event for spectators to watch. It's not very often you get to see cars bang into each other. Usually it's a disaster when they do it and out there it's a fun deal."

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