A celebration worth the detour
While some people are focusing on the downsides of an area riddled by road construction, the businesses located in the Iron Horse District are looking for the silver lining.
To encourage patrons to explore what the area has to offer, the businesses will host an Iron Horse Bash on Saturday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The purpose is to prove to the people of Park City and surrounding areas that despite the construction delays on Bonanza Drive, these businesses are still worth visiting, says Taylor Keyes, event coordinator and owner of Wannabe Publicity.
The festivities will be centered in the parking lot behind Windy Ridge Café off of Iron Horse Drive and will include displays from area businesses, jewelry and food vendors and live music.
"It’s going to be a tailgate party atmosphere," Keyes says.
The Sweat Shop, a new workout facility located in the former Christian Center of Park City building, will offer a variety of free fitness classes throughout the day, starting with an introductory circuit workout class at 10 a.m.
Sweat Shop owner Rebecca Roberts is one of the driving forces behind the event. "Even though Bonanza will be under construction for the next year at least, we don’t want the community to forget about all that the Iron Horse District has to offer," she says.
Participating businesses include Mercer Automotive, The Sweat Shop, The Young Skiers, Park City Signs, Podium Ski Services, Avantlink.com, Windy Ridge, The Bakery, Right Angle, Fairweather Natural Foods, The Spa Source, Bill White Enterprises, Cofer/Shto Chiropractic, Julie Nester, District Gallery, Skis On The Run, Right At Home and Lululemon Athletica.
Each business has free rein over what activities or products they want to provide, Keyes says. District Gallery will be providing root beer floats, Lululemon Athletica will set up sidewalk sale-style racks and in case you feel like a hot dip The Spa Source will display its hot tub products right in the middle of the parking lot.
"There will also be a lot of activities for kids," Keyes says. Face-painters and skateboard/sunglasses decorators will provide welcome distractions for younger guests as their parents browse or take part in a 30-minute fitness class.
Another goal of the event is to highlight the area’s walkability, Keyes says. She encourages people to ride bikes or walk to the bash. Bike racks will be available for use and dogs are welcome, she notes.
"We encourage people to pedal and explore the routes that may be taken, other than by a vehicle," Roberts says.
The celebration will wind down with a free evening yoga class from 4 to 5 p.m. at The Sweat Shop.
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