The annual Denver Days Fall Festival got an early start with the addition of a community talent show, held Sept. 13 at Salem United Methodist Church.
The competition was open to all ages and talent, and some 20 performers from the Denver area took the stage. Proceeds from Denver Days support local athletics and help pay for the establishment of park space where Denver Days and similar events can be held. Proceeds also went toward Operation Noah's Ark, a rescue effort to save hundreds of animals in need of help.
When the animals, including dogs, cats, and horses, were seized from a Denver home last month, the East Lincoln community volunteered time and space to help care for them.
The animals were moved to an 80,000-square-foot building in Denver, where they received food, water and shelter. According to the SPCA Alliance in Charlotte, all the animals have now been placed in foster homes.
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The Denver Days Festival rides and attractions will be open Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Ride all the rides for one price Wednesday and Thursday. There will be gospel and inspirational music on Wednesday night, a drive-in movie night on Thursday and a poker run on Friday.
Bands include Confederate Railroad, The Fantastic Shakers and The Marshall Tucker Band. For more information, see www.denvernc.com/denverdays.htm.