Mark your calendars – 2013 Denver Days set for September 25th – 28th
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the 2012 edition of Denver Days such a success! Yes, we had rain here and there on Friday and Saturday, but Wednesday and Thursday each were the best attended two weekdays since Cole Rides have been a part. Wednesday and Thursday looked just like a small version of a county fair, with rides going nonstop, games were played, food lines were long and everyone had a great time!
No, we did not make a huge amount of money for the “East Lincoln Rescue Park” but we are going to be able to contribute some, and the park project is looking great for maybe a ground-breaking this Spring. Check www.denverlakenormanrotary.com for updates as we get closer to starting.
Thanks to all the vendors who took the time to make the commitment; we appreciate your being here and hope your Denver Days was successful also. The bands Thursday, Friday and Saturday did a great job, and the Special Needs Kids Day Thursday afternoon was really a “special” day with 190 kids and adults coming out to enjoy Denver Days. Many thanks to Rhonda Harrill and Rock Springs Elementary School for such a great place, and to the land owners, Dwight and Kay Callaway, Jason and Amanda Owens, Allen and Evelyn Carswell!
Planning has started for Denver Days 2013 and we hope to see you the end of next September. Any questions, comments or suggestions, please look at the contact list below and send an email to the area you are interested in.
Thanks to the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club for assuming responsibility for Denver Days. This was our 3rd festival and we think our best!
Student Coupon for Denver Days 2012
Denver Days AND ColeRides.com offers a discount coupon for Wednesday and Thursday night, where you can pay just one price and ride all the rides from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The coupon gives you $2.00 off the one-price admission of $20. This discount and all-you-can-ride bracelets apply on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 5PM until closing, and students only. Sounds like a busy couple of nights to me!
9/18/12 Spearheaded by the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club Foundation, the East Lincoln Rescue Park project is moving along and getting closer to our ground breaking. Our final master plan has been approved and we have about 50% of the funds necessary for phase one.
The East Lincoln Rescue Squad served eastern Lincoln County from 1977 through 2009, and was an all-volunteer organization with dedicated individuals giving of themselves for the community. The rescue squad services contract was not renewed, and the squad decided that the real estate owned by the squad and all equipment would be given back to the community who supported the squad through the years. The vehicles and equipment were distributed through the county with the building and land donated to the Rotary Club Foundation.
The construction of the new two-story Lincoln Charter Elementary School is on land purchased from the Foundation, as well as land adjoining Hwy. 16 for a second school entrance. The rescue squad building is currently on the market, priced at $340,000 and once that has been sold, phase one of the park can be started. The Rotary Club Foundation has leased 31 acres of land on Galway Lane, in front of the Lincoln Charter School and we are anxious to get started!
The park, when completed in its entirety will have two multi-purpose fields (soccer, lacrosse, football), a large open space for activities, multi-purpose shelter, amphitheater, playgrounds, picnic shelters, disc golf, walking trails and a dog park. Most exciting is that once completed, the park could serve as the permanent home for Denver Days. To date, the Rotary Club Foundation has invested a huge amount of time and is ready to begin Phase I, once funds are available.
The Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club Foundation is a non-profit corporation and has been approved for 501-c-3 status, so any monetary donation may be tax-deductible for you. Please see your CPA for deductibility, but if you have interest in making the park a reality, please contact Guy Cline at email@example.com. Please visit http://www.denverlakenormanrotary.com and click on the “park” button for periodic updates.
The proposed park is a cooperative effort between the Rotary Club Foundation and Lincoln County and is an example of how private and public can work together. All of us at the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club are very proud to be a part of the park and are looking forward to the day when we can break ground and bring this park to you, our community.
Located at the entrance to the midway and rides, the Denver Lake Norman Rotary tent is where you can ask questions about Denver Days, the park or directions to the best rides. Our Rotary Club is proud to host Denver Days again this year, with our goal to make your visit enjoyable. We also have two special things going on and hope you will participate.
1. Half and half nightly drawing, and the winning ticket each night receives half the “pot” if your ticket is drawn! Buy as many tickets as you want, $1.00 each, and then hope you hold the lucky ticket when the drawing is held at 9 PM nightly. Pretty easy, huh? The more tickets you buy, the better your chance of winning. The winner each night will be announced at the entertainment stage, and you must be present to win.
2. Friday and Saturday, come get your “Half and Half” tickets, and participate in our silent auction, both at the Rotary tent. Lots of items to place a bid on, and all items are donated so when you have the winning bid, you take that item home and also help Rotary to support our many projects. Restaurant coupons, automotive and marine services, hardware and more. No minimum bid, but check by the bid tables often to see if you still have the highest bid. No need to be present to win. The silent auction tables will close at 10 PM Friday and Saturday nights.
All proceeds from the Rotary tent will help support our local and international projects; these are listed on the Rotary Club page or you may visit denverlakenormanrotary.com for more information.
If you are interested in joining our Rotary Club, just stop one of the Rotarians wearing a white knit shirt with the Rotary seal emblem and let’s talk. Our club is very active and is made up of people who want to make our community and our world better and we know that, working together we can accomplish so much more than as individuals.
Frequently Asked Questions for Denver Days 2012
1. Where is parking? Cost?
Parking is adjacent to and south of Rock Springs Elementary School. Volunteers will be there to direct you through traffic and to available parking. Parking is FREE.
2. Are animals allowed? No pets are allowed at Denver Days, other than service animals.
3. Who is allowed to come to the Special Needs Kids Day? The special needs child and his or her immediate family are invited. The rides are free and food/drink are provided.
4. Where can I get student coupons? These will be passed out at all Lincoln County schools. The coupon may be redeemed at the ticket office Wednesday and Thursday evenings for $2.00 off the all-you-can-ride admission.
5. Is safety provided? The Denver Fire Department will have their command post set up on the Denver Days grounds, and are available for anything from minor to an emergency. In addition, Sheriff Carpenter will have an ample number of personnel covering the area.
6. What are the hours? See the schedule page, but generally just the rides and carnival midway are open Wednesday and Thursday and from 5 PM to 10 PM. Friday and Saturday we close at 11 PM.
7. I want to be a vendor or sponsor. Where is that information? Go to denverdays.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. What rides will be at Denver Days? Check denverdays.com the first of September, as we will have a listing of rides that Cole Rides plans to bring.
9. Rules of Denver Days: No firearms, no alcohol, no drugs of any kind. Denver Days is a community, family-oriented festival.
10. Is there a cost to Denver Days? Just for the rides and food and any purchases you may make. Come see the bands at no cost.
11. Is Denver Days handicap accessible? Yes, we have a separate handicap area and are able to provide transportation from the parking areas as needed.
12. What type of vendors will I find? We have a variety of food vendors, our local businesses will be at Denver Days with giveaways, games and photos. Jewelry, handbags, leather items, candles, art and just about everything you can imagine!
13. What are the ride ticket prices? Each ride is priced individually. Tickets may be purchased at the Cole Rides ticket booth, located just past the Rotary Club Welcome Tent, and we have discounts so the more you buy, the cheaper each ride is. Plan for the kids to just LOVE the rides; they always do!
14. For General Information call 704-483-1996 or email email@example.com.
The Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club is responsible for managing the Denver Days festival, but we owe a huge debt of gratitude to our many sponsors, whose involvement and financial commitment makes Denver Days a reality. Denver Days 2011 netted over $31,000, all of which was presented to the Rotary Club Foundation in May. Our goal this year is to exceed that amount with a combination of sponsors, advertising, vendors and a portion of the rides. Each year, the East Lincoln Rescue Park becomes more of a reality!
Please show your support for our sponsors, listed on the back cover of this publication. These are community-minded businesses and especially in these tough times, opening up the company wallet to support Denver Days may not be easy. A Gold sponsor is $2,500, Event sponsor costs $1,500, Silver is $1,000 and a Bronze sponsor $500. Making the sponsorship commitment is a serious monetary decision for a business and very important to Denver Days and the park.
The following are all local firms and individuals who believe in our community, and in Denver Days as “the” community event for eastern Lincoln County. We hope you will patronize these firms and say “thanks” for their help.
Gold: Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, Klassic Rides, Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Hecht Team Real Estate/Coldwell Banker
Event: Peoples Bank, Duke Energy, Modacam Machine Shop, Energy United, First Federal Savings Bank, Hamilton Orthodontics, Hecht Development, Hecht Team Real Estate/Coldwell Banker
Silver: Carolina Eye Care, A Sani-Can
Bronze: Freeman Gas, UBS Cline Wealth Management, Lake Norman Quarry, A Sani-Can
Friend: T.J.’s Motorsports Warehouse, Inc., Race City Steel
We would like to say a special thanks to the many volunteers and to the county and state agencies who make things run smoothly at Denver Days. Please help us thank:
-Denver Baptist Church
-N.C. Highway Patrol
-Denver and East Lincoln Fire Departments
-Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department
-EMS of Lincoln County
-Doug Armstrong – sound system for our entertainment
-Julie Smith–Emcee for the bands and Denver’s Got Talent
-Rock Springs School
-Dwight and Kay Callaway, Jason and Amanda Owens, and Allen and Evelyn Carswell who let us use their land
-A Sani-Can for the band stage