Fiesta Days kicks off in Kamas |

Fiesta Days kicks off in Kamas

Summit County Rodeo Queen LaChelle Lewis practices barrel racing Thursday in Kamas. Photo by Grayson West/Park Record

Summit County Rodeo Queen LaChelle Lewis won’t reign over Kamas Valley Fiesta Days this weekend.

She is queen of the County Fair in Coalville but Friday Lewis planned to make an appearance at the Fiesta Days rodeo and was practicing her barrel racing with her horse, Misty, Thursday in the dusty Kamas arena near Main Street.

South Summit residents celebrate every Pioneer Day with fireworks, rodeos and a Fiesta Days demolition derby.

"It’s just nice to come the night before and get your horse ready," said 15-year-old Lewis, while riding her horse, Misty, Thursday afternoon in the dusty rodeo arena near Main Street.

Fiesta Days has changed since the event began more than 60 years ago.

Those who attend this year will compete in a dodge-ball tournament, Dutch oven cook off, horseshoes and bingo contests.

Officials kicked off the 2006 Kamas Valley Fiesta Days last month with the rodeo queen contest.

The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Making Memories,’ and the Fiesta Days rodeo royalty includes: Queen Katie Leavitt, 1st Attendant McKenzie Woolstenhulme and 2nd Attendant Kyle Brown.

Tickets to Monday night’s demolition derby have sold out, however, South Summit resident Mary Lou Blazzard insists there is still plenty to do in Kamas Saturday and Monday.

"Saturday, they’ve got a variety of things," she said.

A parade for kids begins on Main Street at 10 a.m., and a dodge-ball competition is scheduled at the South Summit Aquatic Center at 10 a.m. on July 22. Volleyball games begin in Kamas City Park at 1 p.m. and festival-goers can tour a historic cabin from 1 to 4 p.m. presented by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

The Fiesta Days parade begins Saturday at 5 p.m., followed by a barbecue sponsored by the Kamas Lions Club and the popular bull-riding event, Bull Wars, at 8 p.m. at the Kamas rodeo arena.

Events slated July 24 at City Park in Kamas include:

Fun Run 7 a.m.

Lions Club breakfast, 8 a.m., City Park

Dutch oven cook off, 9:30 a.m., City Park

Car show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., City Park

Horseshoes competition, 11:30 a.m., City Park

Bingo 1 p.m.

Bar G Wranglers concert, 2 p.m., City Park

Horse relay 3:30 p.m.

Demolition derby 7 p.m.

Fireworks in the Kamas Valley are planned Saturday and Monday.

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