Park City Kimball Arts Festival set to open |

Park City Kimball Arts Festival set to open

When the Park City Kimball Arts Festival opens its gates this year on Friday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m., Summit County residents will get in for free.

The reason is because local residents put up with palette full of inconveniences including multiple road closures, traffic congestion and an average increase of 55,000 more visitors in town over the weekend, said Robin Marrouche, the Kimball Art Center’s executive director.

The Kimball Art Center decided years ago to show its appreciation by quietly allowing residents into the festival for free opening day, she said during an interview with The Park Record. This Friday, gates will be open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

"Originally, the art festival was a two-day event and the businesses were affected because they had to shut down on Friday so the festival could be set up," Marrouche explained. "So, the Kimball made a pact with the city to secretly open the festival on Friday night for the locals."

Unfortunately, the secret got publicized in a few national newspapers.

"The staff began doing surveys each year and found that 75 percent of the people who came to free locals’ night were from out of town," Marrouche said with a laugh. "We still wanted to preserve and honor our commitment to the community, so we decided to allow those who live locally to still be admitted for free when they showed their IDs."

Last year, the KAC expanded the boundaries for free admission to anyone who lives in Summit County.

"We are so thankful for their year-round support and appreciate that they put up with all the inconveniences that include, but not limited to, increased traffic and road closures and what not," Marrouche said.

Still, those who aren’t Summit County residents will still be admitted into the festival on Friday when they purchase a $10 weekend pass, Marrouche said.

This year’s festival will debut exhibits in the parking lot at the top of Main Street and Swede Alley.

"One of the Friday highlights in the lot will be the Utah Artisan Tasting," Marrouche said. "Six, small hand-crafted Utah food producers will participate in the event."

They will include Instant Amour Spreads, Instant Karma, Millcreek Cacao Roasters, Pop Art, Red Bicycle Breadworks and Snowy Mountain Sheep Creamery.

On Saturday, the lot will be full of 15 sports cars from the Intermountain Porsche Concours D’elegance, Marrouche said.

"We’re also bringing in The Art of Modern Masters, a chalk-art demonstration, which will feature chalk-art reproductions of works by Kush, Dali, Monet and Krishner," she said. (See story titled "Arts Fest is the chalk of the town").

This year, 220 artists will participate in the festival.

"Twenty of which are local artists from the Park City Professional Artists Association," she said. (see list titled "Local artists participating in the Park City Kimball Arts Festival")

In addition to the new events, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival will feature children’s activities, food and drinks as well as a membership drive.

"We’ll have our membership booth set up so people can renew the old memberships or buy new ones," Marrouche said.

Memberships are $75 and last one year.

"Members get a lot of privileges that include use of the ceramic studio and invitations to our artists openings," Marrouche said.

Also, anyone who renews or buys a membership will be eligible for an opportunity drawing for a lease of a 2012 Porsche Cayenne.

"Last year we had a drawing for a Porsche Boxster, and this year we decided with our sponsor Strong Porsche to offer a vehicle that was more suitable for a mountain town," Marrouche chuckled.

As with each year, the KAC is looking for volunteers to help with the festival.

"We’re still in need of volunteers," Marrouche said. "We need people who can work four-hour shifts, and while that may not seem like a lot, it is a huge help for us."

The Park City Kimball Arts Festival will run Friday, Aug. 3,from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Main Street. Admission is $10 for an adult weekend pass and $5 for children ages six and older. The festival is free for children ages five and younger. Summit County Residents will also be admitted for free on Friday. For more information, visit www. .

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