Sunday Market ends season with Silly Fest on Sept. 22
September 20, 2013
The Park Silly Sunday Market will celebrate its last event of the 2013 season on Sept. 22 with Silly Fest.
Fittingly, that’s during the last weekend of summer, said Ryan Cray, director of media and programming,
"Silly Fest has always been a big celebration on Main Street before we get into fall and the upcoming ski season, so to have it on this day is kind of special," Cray told The Park Record. "I still can’t believe we’re at the last Park Silly Sunday Market of the season."
Following tradition, Silly Fest will extend the Park Silly hours until 8 p.m. and feature some special performers.
"The first is Bullets & Belles, who will start off the morning at 11 a.m. on the Main Stage," Cray said.
The "neo-doo wop folk band will follow a rousing workout put on by Salt Lake Power Yoga.
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"Then we’ll feature Jaecey Adams, our resident hoopolgist who works with hula hoops and such, at 1 p.m.," Cray said.
From 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., the Main Stage entertainment will be Juana Ghani, a group that plays gypsy punk, Cray said.
At 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., the Aerial Artists of Utah will defy gravity while suspended from People’s Bridge by the Town Lift Plaza, and fire dancers will thrill audiences at 7 p.m.
"From 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., we’ll have the Stooges Brass Band on the Main Stage," Cray said. "They’re from New Orleans, and I think this will be a lot of fun because I love big horn bands."
"We just want everyone to come celebrate with us," she said.
This season’s Park Silly Market was an increase in visitors, Cray said.
"Each week we saw probably between 11,000 to 13,000 people, except for the rainy weekend we had two Sundays ago," she said. "I think it has a lot to do with the talent that we scheduled this year.
"We scheduled more performers and musicians this year, and I think that attracted new people," she said.
Cray also felt the Main Stage area on lower Main added to the fun.
"It seemed to open up more so people could really enjoy the music and other performances there," she said. "We had very talented people from all over who wanted to have the experience to perform at the market. And we were honored to have them with us this year."
The season also marked a milestone when the market celebrated its 100th Sunday on July 7.
"That was amazing to see everyone’s hard work and dedication pull through for 100 Sundays since we started seven years ago," Cray said. "There were a lot of elements — the vendors, performers, Top Shelf, Mountain Town Music — all came together in a great celebration this year."
As with every season, the Park Silly Sunday Market had to work with other organizations on different weeks to ensure quality experiences for the patrons.
The different organizations included the Girls Scouts of Utah, Q Salt Lake, the Tour of Utah and Miners Grill.
"The Tour of Utah was great to share Main Street with," Cray said. "We had to move solely to upper Main, which was a different footprint for us, but it was nice to switch things up."
This Sunday, another nonprofit, Peace House, will step into the Park Silly circle with its Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser.
"Participants, who are mostly men, will don women’s shoes and other costumes and walk from City Park to the Wasatch Brew Pub through Park Silly," Cray said. "They will announce various prize winners of the walk at noon at the Main Stage."
Although the summer market will be done, Cray is gearing up for the Silly Holiday Bazaar that will be held on Dec. 14 and 15 at the Yarrow Hotel, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
"In the past the bazaar was held at Park City High School, but we’re changing locations this year," she said. "It will be a fun time for the whole town.
"We really want to thank the Park City community for its support with all we do," Cray said. "It has been so fun and we look forward to more in the future."
The Park Silly Sunday Market will wrap up the 2013 season on Main Street with Silly Fest on Sunday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The market, which is free and open to the public, offers local arts and crafts, live music, food, drinks and other entertainment for all ages. For more information, visit http://www.parksillysundaymarket.com .
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