Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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Clear your calendar this week for Meridian's annual Dairy Days celebration, which honors the tradition of dairy farming in the area. Festivities kick off tonight with the coronation of the dairy princess at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Meridian at 7 p.m.—and that's just the beginning. Check out the schedule of events below:

June 15-18: Carnival from 5-11 p.m. at the Meridian Speedway. Act quickly and take advantage of a $40, all-day unlimited "super ticket" you can only get online at carnivalmidwayfun.com, or check out the different daily specials.

Wednesday, June 15: The gates open at 4 p.m. for drag races at Meridian Speedway. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $6, kids 6 years and younger get in FREE. Purchase tickets online here.

Thursday, June 16: Pancake Feed and Meridian Symphony Orchestra concert in Storey Park. Grub on pancakes from 5-7 p.m., and stick around for a performance by the Symphony at 7:30 p.m.

June 17-18: More than 80 vendors will be selling food, crafts, art and other goods and services at the Festival Marketplace in downtown Meridian. There will also be a kids' corral with free activities and games for the little ones.

Friday, June 17: The Real Dairy Parade winds through downtown Meridian at 7 p.m., heading west on Main Street from Franklin to Fairview, and returning to the Watertower via Third Street. The parade will feature more that 100 entrants with a dairy theme.

Saturday, June 18: The Milk Run includes quarter-mile kids' run at 8 a.m. and a 5K for adults and older kids at 8:30 a.m., both to be held at the Meridian Speedway. You can download a registration application here, or register beginning at 7 a.m. the day of the race. Fees range from $12 to $15.

Saturday, June 18: The Dairy Cattle and Goat Show starts at 9 a.m. at the Canyon County Fairgrounds in Caldwell and is free and open to the public. Future Farmers of America and 4H members will show their prized projects all day in the dairy barn.

Other activities include exhibits and demonstrations at Old McDonald's Farm, and viewing the plywood cows throughout town that local businesses, organizations and individuals have decorated and displayed for the Cow Wow art contest.

Visit meridianchamber.org for more info.

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