Recycle Utah’s Harvest Fest spotlights local, sustainable options
September 27, 2016
Recycle Utah is a nonprofit on a mission to empower the public to lead sustainable lives.
It does this through different events that are both educational and fun for the family.
The next family-friendly event will be the Seventh Annual Harvest Fest that will be held at the High Star Ranch in Kamas on Saturday, Oct. 1, from noon until 5 p.m., said Molly Brooks, Recycle Utah director of outreach and communications.
"This is a way to highlight all the different local goods and food that we have access to," Brooks told The Park Record. "It's a way to encourage people to live more sustainably by buying local and we want to do that in a fun and celebratory way."
The festival will spotlight small businesses and entrepreneurs, but also provide them a platform to sell their goods and educate and encourage people to buy from them.
"We'll have about 30 vendors who will sell everything from jewelry and art to food," Brooks said.
Also included in the event will be food vendors such as Lola's Street Kitchen, which is a food truck from Heber, Wasatch Creamery, Done to Your Taste Creamery, Gateway Grill and Silver King Coffee.
"Deer Valley will also sell beer that will be provided by Wasatch Brewery," Brooks said.
In addition, Recycle Utah will sell pumpkins and apples and pies made by the Park City Rotary Club.
"The Rotary Club donated the pies to us and the money from those sales will benefit Recycle Utah," Brooks explained.
The Harvest Fest will also feature an array of children's activities.
"The activities we have this year include an art project led by Kathleen Briley of South Summit Elementary School," Brooks said. "The kids will make wooden pumpkins out of slabs of wood that they will paint. The kids will sell those as a fundraiser for their school."
Harvest Fest will also offer wagon rides and animals on site for the kids to get close to.
"When we provide activities for kids, we are also trying to help them become the teachers about living sustainably and other environmental issues, for the rest of their families," Brooks said.
Live music, programmed by Mountain Town Music, will be performed throughout the afternoon by Che Zuro, Eddie Danger and Take 5.
The festival's other sponsors include Park City Chamber of Commerce, the High Star Ranch and DeJoria Center, according to Brooks.
"We are also working in partnership with the Uinta Headwaters Council and Summit County," she said.
A new addition to the Harvest Fest will be an online auction that will start the day of the event and run for 10 days.
"We have held silent auctions at the Harvest Fest in the past, but we're going to do an online auction this year instead," Brooks said. "We have some pretty neat items including Deer Valley Season Pass, an Epic Season Pass, a Dine Around street package and things like that."
The money raised through the auction will benefit Recycle Utah's hazardous waste collection event that will be held next Saturday, Oct. 8, at Canyons Cabriolet parking lot.
The collection will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
"This is for Summit County residents, not businesses," Brooks said. "We will accept all types of household hazardous waste."
The list is as follows:
Recycle Utah will also accept mattresses for $10 a set, and it doesn't matter if the sets are twins, queens or kings, according to Brooks.
"We do this hazardous waste collection to make sure these wastes are properly disposed of in order to keep our watershed clean," she said. "We don't want prescription medications or paint or motor oil going into the landfill."
Recycle Utah will host its seventh annual Harvest Festival at High Star Ranch, 970 S.R. 32, in Kamas, on Saturday, Oct. 1, from noon until 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Then on Saturday, Oct. 8, Recycle Utah will host a Household Hazardous Waste collection at Canyons Resort from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, visit recycleutah.org.