Silly Sunday will celebrate seven seasons
June 7, 2013
The Park Silly Sunday Market’s lucky number is seven.
This summer, marks the seventh year the free, weekly, open-air, ecofriendly street festival will be presented on Main Street, said Ryan Cray, media relations for the Park Silly Sunday Market.
The market will be open on Sunday, June 9, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Cray told The Park Record.
And there are some new things in store, she said.
First off, there will be an expanded farmer’s market.
"While we always make sure that each week the market offers something new, we decided to add more vendors to our farmer’s market," she said. "The location by Miner’s Park will still be the same, but we’ll have more."
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Also, this year marks the debut of the Market’s zero-plastic initiative.
"That means there will be no plastic bottles on site," she said. "We are encouraging patrons to bring their own reusable bottles or buy one at the market."
The initiative also includes plastic bags.
"We are also restricting their use, and anything like that," Cray said. "We are working with the vendors on that as well."
The zero-plastic initiative is meant to complement the market’s zero-waste initiative that ties into its mission of being a sustainable and green street festival.
"Last year, we had about 132,000 visitors and ended up taking only 21 bags of trash to the landfill," Cray said. "To do that, we had a crew go through the trash and pick out items for recycling and things like that."
In addition to these new reduction programs, the market has beefed up its partnerships with various nonprofit organizations.
"Each week, we will work with different organizations and come up with different themes for that day," Cray said.
The Park Silly Sunday Market will partner with the Girls Scouts of Utah on opening day and on June 23, Cray said.
Scouts will be on hand helping with some of the children’s crafts and share their mission "to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place."
"We attended an event they put on last spring on International Women’s Day, and it was amazing," Cray said. "The Girl Scouts wanted to get more outreach in this area, because compared to the rest of the state, Summit County has a low percentage of Girl Scouts. So, we decided to work with them."
Other partners for selected upcoming dates will be Utah’s Own on June 23, and Q Salt Lake on July 14.
"Utah’s Own is working with us to try to get the word out to buy locally, and that’s something we’ve done as a festival as well," Cray said. "We have more local purveyors in the market including beef and produce sellers, and we’ve been trying to cut down on the number of importers."
Q Salt Lake, Utah’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender news and entertainment magazine, will help sponsor the Miss Park Silly contest on July 14, an event that adds a little bit of color and splash to the festivities, Cray said.
"The year before last, they brought in some drag queens from Salt Lake for the contest, and this year, we’re picking guys from Park City," she said. "Q Salt Lake will dress these guys up in drag and then we’ll have people vote for their favorites."
Another new addition will be a fitness performance on the Main Stage every morning of the market, Cray said.
"This week will be a Zumba session with the Phinneys at 10 a.m. and in the future MekaDayz from 11 Haus Productions will lead some Dancehall workout sessions as well," she explained. "We thought it would be a great idea to start things off with something that will get people up and active and get their blood pumping."
Other highlights of the market’s run will include an Alzheimer’s walk on Grandparents Day, Sept. 8, and a walk for the Peace House, a nonprofit organization that calls for an end to domestic violence through outreach, education and shelter, on Sept. 22.
"We feel it’s important to do these things to help raise awareness," Cray said. "We want to make sure we make a difference in or community."
Meanwhile, the market’s opening day this weekend, will feature an array of children’s activities including bounce houses, tie dying at the Kimball Art Center, face painting, muffin decorating and drawing and art, Cray said.
Performances include the band Take Five at 11 a.m. and the Motherlode Canyon Band at 2:15 p.m. on the Main Stage.
The Post Office Stage will feature musicians Scott Kilsmith at 10 a.m. and Better Off with the Blues at 1 p.m.
In addition, Premier Productions will present Solar Saucer at the Seventh Street stage at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
"We will also have strolling performers throughout the day," she said.
Stilt walker Bretni Skye, Johnny the Clown, Mountain Fire Belly Dancers and Sundance the Dancing Horse will be among those performers.
The highlight of the day will be the Waldorf Astoria Chef Challenge, featuring Executive Chef Clement Gelas, Cray said.
The award-winning Gelas, who was born in Boege, France, began working in the culinary arts in 1997, and will create samples of the Waldorf Astoria’s appetizers on the Main Stage at 1:15 p.m. and offer the food to Silly Market patrons, she said.
Also, Cray would like to see more of the community to get involved behind the scenes with the Park Silly Sunday Market.
"We would not be able to do this without volunteers," she said. "We usually need between 30 to 40 people to help us every Sunday. We need volunteers up until the last Sunday of the Market, which will be Sept. 22. And we’ll need more volunteers that usual on that day, because we close later."
Volunteers help set up in the morning and take down at the end of the day.
"We also have a crew that works with volunteers to manage our zero-waste initiative," Cray said.
Throughout the years, attendance at the Park Silly Sunday Market has grown exponentially, so she encourages market-goers to either ride their bikes or use Park City’s free bus system to attend the event.
"We will also be conducting a shuttle service from Park City High School," Cray said. "So people can park at the school and get shuttled in."
The Park Silly Sunday Market, will open its seventh season on Main Street on Sunday, June 9. The market is free and open to the public every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Sept. 22. For more information, visit http://www.parksillysundaymarket.com .
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