The 90th Maui Fair has begun. The fair parade kicked off the festivities Thursday afternoon with more than 5,000 participants and 70 units, including the Maui High Band's color guard (first photo). Parade watchers lined the route along Kaahumanu and Kanaloa avenues. Among them were Slayder King-Fernandez, 6 (second photo from left), Leland Teixeira, 5, and Sean Ryan Vida, 5, who waved to firefighters as they passed by in their shiny firetruck."This was one of the best parades," said Sherri Grimes, managing director of the Maui Fair, on Thursday evening, noting the large numbers of participants. "It ended in record time," she added. Grimes said it looks like more people entered the gates on the first night of the fair compared to last year with more parade participants choosing to join the first night's fun. In the Joy Zone, the rides, including the Cliff Hanger (third photo foreground) and Wave Swinger, were busy. For the more sedate fair-goers, Maui farmers and gardeners had their produce on display in the Horticulture exhibit (fourth photo). Grimes said she was standing in the food court area, which was "really busy," at about 8 p.m. The fair continues this afternoon at 5 p.m. and runs to midnight. The fair will be open 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Admission through Saturday is $7 for adults, $3 for children 5 to 11 years old and free for younger children. The prices are reduced Sunday to $5 for adults and $2 for children.
Maui High Band’s color guard.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo