Cirque de Silly Fest is Sept. 27
The Park Silly Sunday Market has plenty to celebrate this season. The number of people who stopped by the eco-friendly farmers market-slash-street festival during the summer months topped 100,000, almost double last year’s attendance.
"Our attendance this year was way beyond anything we had planned for," says Jewels Harrison, director and co-creator of the market. "It’s fantastic, but with that, we had to have more bathrooms, double the staff and hire more security."
On Sunday, Sept. 27, the Park Silly Market will host the annual Cirque de Silly Fest, a 12-hour celebration to end a successful season and also help alleviate the budget deficiency that resulted from unexpected crowds.
From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., lower Main Street will be abuzz with entertainment, from live local bands to belly-dance performances to a circus fire routine. "Every minute of the day is exploding with entertainment," says Harrison.
The event will feature traditional Silly Market activities such as face painting, hula hooping, chalk art and sled dog rides as well as special carnival games and a unique fundraiser: Chicken Sh-Poop Bingo. "One of the stipulations that we’ve always had is that when we did do a fundraiser, it had to be something silly," explains Harrison. "It’s basically the same thing as cow pie bingo on a smaller scale."
All entry fees for games and activities are based on a suggested donation and are for entertainment purposes only. Participants are eligible to win a variety of "thank-you gifts" for supporting the nonprofit.
Bingo rounds will begin at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for a suggested donation, which increases based on the value of the prizes offered.
Grand prizes include day of golf with Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Morgan at the Homestead Resort, a pair of tickets to the University of Utah/BYU football game, a romantic weekend staycation in Park City, a package for the ultimate kids’ birthday party, and a 10-pack EZ Access pass to Park City Mountain Resort with a new snowboard from Bahnhof Sport.
Supporters of the Silly Market can go the extra mile and get VIP treatment at the event by purchasing a VSP (Very Silly People) membership for $35. The membership includes two drink tickets, a gourmet tapas buffet prepared by Easy Street chef Scott Boberek, admission to the VSP High Roller area, and a host who will ensure they are taken care of throughout the evening.
"It’s a no-brainer way to support our organization," says Harrison. VSP memberships are available in advance at locations around town including Yellow Snow Ice Cream, Whimsy, Lunatic Fringe Salon, Prospect, Livin’ Life Park City, the Kimball Art Center and Active Sole.
Donations will also be accepted to help bolster the organization’s budget for next summer. "We appreciate donations in any amount, whether it’s $2 or $1 million," Harrison says with a laugh. "It will help us prepare for next year because I think our numbers will continue to grow beyond what we had anticipated."
Those who are interested in volunteering may call (435) 602-9481. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.parksillysundaymarket.com .
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