A celebration in Kamas Valley
Kamas Valley’s weeklong series of events and activities celebrating the community and honoring Pioneer Day culminates this weekend.
Residents in the valley are invited to attend traditional events such as a rodeo, demolition derby, bull wars and nightly fireworks shows.
The theme for this year’s Fiesta Days is "A time to celebrate with family and friends."
"We hope everyone has a great time and enjoys coming to Kamas for our celebration," said Diane Atkinson, Kamas City Council member and Fiesta chairman. "We have a good time and it’s always a good time for the families."
Atkinson said tickets are still available for the rodeo, sponsored by the Broken Heart Rodeo Company, to be held on Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 for general admission and kids younger than 10 can attend free. Before the rodeo, All West is sponsoring a free ‘Kids Night’ with bounce houses from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday, a kid’s parade will kick off the events at 10 a.m., closing Main Street for most of the morning. The rest of the morning is filled with kid’s activities at Kamas Park, musical performances starting at noon and the junior and senior Fiesta Bingo at 1 p.m.
- Friday’s afternoon schedule:
- Daughters of Utah Pioneer Cabin: 100 W. Center, open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Parade: Kamas Main Street, 5 p.m. The road will close approximately half an hour before the parade and will reopen after.
- Bull Wars: a bull rodeo starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available to purchase for $7.
- Dance: SS Bus Garage, 45 S 300 E, follows Bull Wars and lasts until midnight. Admission is $5.
- Saturday, July 25 schedule:
- Fun Run: Kamas City Park, 7 a.m. Prizes and shirts will be given away. Participants can register the morning of the event from 6:15 to 6:45 a.m.
- Lions Club Scholarship Breakfast: Kamas City Park, 8 a.m. Free and open to the public.
- Car show: Kamas City Park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Lions Club trap shooting contest: Kamas Gun Club 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prizes will be given away.
- Talent performance: Kamas City Park, 11:30 a.m.
- Princess presentation: Kamas City Park, 12:15 p.m.
- Memories Auction: Kamas City Park, 12:30 p.m. Silent auction from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Proceeds benefit the Primary Children’s Hospital.
- Daughters of the Utah Pioneer Cabin: 100 W. Center St., 3 to 4 p.m.
- Demolition derby and freestyle motocross exhibition: Summit County Rodeo Grounds, 7 p.m. This event is sold out.
- Dance: SS Bus Garage, 45 S 300 E, lasts until midnight. Admission is $5.
Atkinson said for the last several years, her favorite event has been the Memories Auction started more than 10 years ago.
"We wanted to make the celebration more memorable," Atkinson said. "And since so many children in our valley have been helped there, we contacted Primary Children’s Hospital and were granted the opportunity to do this auction."
Items sold at the auction include various articles donated from local businesses and residents, such as quilts.
Last year, Atkinson said the auction raised approximately $21,000 because of the "caring and giving community we are surrounded by."
"It’s been kind of fun to see what was raised after the celebration is over," she said. "Then you can say it really was worthwhile."
More than 50 volunteers contribute their time each year to help the events and activities run smoothly, Atkinson said.
As of Monday afternoon, she said "everything was coming together and getting really close to starting." The Fiesta Days Horse Show was held July 17-18 and had more than 60 participants.
"That’s was successful and now we move on to the next events," Atkinson said. "All of this just brings in a lot of people and it brings our community together. We try to keep the prices reasonable and have vendors come in with novelty and food items. We just mainly want it to be a time for the community to come together."
For more information about Fiesta Days and a full schedule of events, go to http://www.kamascity.net/
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