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Dairy Days fills Meridian with family fun, fireworks and cows

The Meridian Dairy Days “Real Dairy” Parade winds around Storey Park starting at 6:45 p.m. Friday June 24.
The Meridian Dairy Days “Real Dairy” Parade winds around Storey Park starting at 6:45 p.m. Friday June 24. Idaho Statesman file

Bring on the cows! Meridian Dairy Days celebrates the town’s historic ties to the industry with a weeklong festival filled with carnival rides, parades, children’s activities and plenty of music, food and fun. Highlights:

▪  Meridian’s Storey Park, 205 E. Franklin Road, is the hub for food vendors and entertainment such as the Tim Swanson Band at 6 p.m. Friday, June 24. There will be inflatables, a climbing wall, face painting, arts and crafts, and more activities for the whole family Thursday, June 23, to Saturday, June 25.

▪  The Dairy Days Carnival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, June 23, and from noon to 11 p.m. Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at Meridian Speedway, 355 S. Main St. All-access wristbands are $20 in advance at the speedway and other area businesses, $30 at the event.

▪  The “Real Dairy” Parade heads down Main Street starting at 6:45 p.m. Friday, June 24, followed by a fireworks show when it’s dark at the Meridian Speedway.

▪  At the Meridian Dairy Barn, 335 S. Main St., you’ll find 4-H events, a petting zoo and more. Nearby, catch the 66th annual Benefit Pancake Feed at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23 ($6 adults, $5 for kids and seniors).

▪  The Meridian Lions Club Rodeo kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, with pre-rodeo action. The main event starts at 5 p.m. at 6054 W. Cherry Lane and continues at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26. (Pre-events start at 1 p.m.) It’s $10 adults, $7 kids, seniors and the military.

▪  If cars are more your thing, head for the Dairy Day Races at the Speedway at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25. It’s $10.50 at the gate.

Events are Thursday, June 23, to Sunday, June 26, at various venues in Meridian. DairyDays.org. Free.

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