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Wheat Ridge will hold its 49th annual Carnation Festival over the weekend of Aug. 10 through 12, at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St. The festival will include an art show, live music, carnival rides, and the Zoppé Italian Family Circus.

The celebration begins Saturday morning as the Carnation Parade rolls west down West 38th Avenue from Ames to Upham Street.

Students from Wheat Ridge schools will auction off wooden benches that can change to tables, which they built and painted, to support art programs.

The carnival boasts an increased number of rides and a larger, upgraded fireworks show, presented both Friday and Saturday night.

It also will feature one of the state’s largest beer and wine gardens, and

musical performances on the event stage all three days. The Zoppé Italian Family Circus will perform each afternoon.

Other attractions and activities include the Wheat Ridge Art League Exhibition, a pancake breakfast, The Big Wheels on the Farm Car Show, and a chili cook-off.

With limited parking, visitors are encouraged to use the free shuttle service or use free bicycle parking.

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