The East and West sides of Summit County will be encircled by the Tour of Utah Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Brightly colored Lycra will be the uniform of choice from the cattle ranches of Henefer and Coalville to the ski resorts in Park City, citizens will be craning their necks to watch some of the world's fastest cyclists whizz by.
Of particular note, on Friday Kamas is hosting its first-ever stage finish and the town has stepped forward to make the event a safe and spectacular success. Local business that usually cater to a more down-home crowd are planning to welcome as many as 5,000 spectators and they have planned an outdoor festival to keep everyone entertained while the cyclists make a circuit of the valley's rolling pastures and foothills.
The Tour, and spectators will spread out to North Summit and the west side of Summit County on Saturday and will wind up for a big finish in Park City on Sunday.
Residents on both the East and West Sides of Summit County should also have a lot of common literary ground this week. The Park City and Summit County Libraries, along with Dolly's Bookstore are inviting local readers to participate in the program One Book One Community.
This year's selection is "Second Suns: Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives," by David Oliver Relin. The book is not only a compelling tale but also features a Park City physician, Dr. Geoffrey Tabin, who has helped to develop an inexpensive, portable way to cure blindness in impoverished communities around the world.
The book's fans from all corners of the county -- are invited to come together to meet Tabin at the Summit County Library auditorium in the Sheldon Richins Building on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.
At other times of the year, county residents revel in their diversity. For instance, on the East Side wintertime gives ranchers an opportunity to relax and enjoy their untrammeled snow-covered pastures while on the West Side, it is the high season, filled with ski and snowboard events and a parade of tourists. In the summer, on the East Side cowboys are busy wrangling livestock and weekends are marked by traditional rodeos while West Siders indulge in outdoor concerts and art festivals.
But this week, one event and one book will knit us all together. Both celebrate extraordinary accomplishments and have the potential to inspire us to reach across boundaries and to push our own limits.