Dog show, ‘political dunk tank’ could lure westsiders to fair
Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt intends to dunk a few politicians during the upcoming Summit County Fair to raise money to build a skateboard park in North Summit.
Schmidt estimates about $40,000 is needed to construct the facility and Democrats and Republicans have lined up to raise cash.
"Instead of a political think tank," Schmidt said, "this is a political dunk tank."
Proceeds generated by a dunking machine set up during afternoons and evenings at the Summit County Fair Aug 10-12 could help fund construction of a skate park, he added.
"At least it gets us started," Schmidt said.
Summit County Commissioners Sally Elliott, Ken Woolstenhulme and Bob Richer will participate, as will Park City Mayor Dana Williams, he added.
"They stepped up to the plate and I appreciate them helping out the city," Schmidt said.
Even embattled Summit County Democratic Party chair Rob Weyher, a lightning rod for recent controversy, will offer anybody with a dollar a chance to dunk him under water, he added.
Contestants can also pay $1 per ball to dunk Oakley Mayor Blake Frazier or Henefer Mayor Randy Ovard.
Candidates Bill Miles, Laura Bonham and Mel Brown, who are vying for different political offices, will each also spend an hour in the tank, Schmidt said.
"I think people will want to dunk them. I just hope everybody has got a good nature about it," the mayor said. "When you’re in the political limelight, you’re not always going to make everybody happy."
Meanwhile, Summit County Commission administrator Anita Lewis hopes a dog show Aug. 5 will lure more residents in western Summit County to the fair.
"There is no experience necessary," Lewis said. "It’ll be an opportunity for owners to come and just show their dogs."
Dogs can be registered for the show today until 5 p.m. at the Summit County Courthouse in Coalville, or Saturday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Summit County Fairgrounds.
"Some days I like my dog more than I like my kids," Lewis said.
She’s pulling for her rottweiller Sadie to win the contest.
"She’s a cutie," Lewis said. "But she’s a very misbehaved dog."
Puppy owners and those with adult dogs can register their pets in showmanship, open and mixed-breed categories.
"Sadie just means so much and I have really gotten into the dog world, with activities and shows," Lewis said. "Why not add this to the fair?"
Dogs entered in the show must have current inoculations and owners are responsible for their pets’ behavior.
Judging will take place in the morning and the owner who looks most like their pet also will receive an award.
"This is another element to encourage people to come to the Summit County Fair," Lewis said.
The Summit County Fair runs Aug. 5-12 at the County Fairgrounds, 202 East Park Road in Coalville.
Visit http://www.summitcounty.org or call 615-3000 for more information about fair events.
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