Kamas’s Fiesta Days returns to the valley
Week-long series of events culminates this weekend
Kamas Valley’s week-long 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, in addition to popular activities such as the parade, a dance and he Memories Auction. The theme for this year’s Fiesta Days is “Honoring our pioneer ancestors.”
Events such as the Princess Program, Queen’s Pageant, and Horse Show were already held. The co-ed volleyball game is scheduled to be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, in Kamas City Park.
Tickets are still available for the rodeo, sponsored by the Broken Heart Rodeo Company, scheduled to be held on Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission and kids younger than 10 can attend for free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or at Kamas City Hall. Before the rodeo, All West is sponsoring a free ‘Kids Night’ from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday, the parade will kick off weekend events at 5 p.m., closing Main Street for most of the evening. Bull Wars, a bull rodeo, will begin at 8 p.m., followed by a fireworks display and dance at the South Summit bus garage. The Daughter’s Of Utah Pioneer Cabin will be open to the public during the day between 1 and 5 p.m.
Tammy Georgi, parade organizer, said the Kamas Valley’s local businesses are very supportive of the event, in addition to the South Summit School District. Georgi said she typically receives more than 50 entries for the nearly hour-long parade.
Georgi said most entries throw candy or pass out coupons to their businesses. Several South Summit High School’s athletic teams are expected to participate alongside entries supporting candidates for the upcoming municipal elections in November.
“There are such a variety of floats and entries. I have everything from pulled wagons to elaborate floats to people in old antique cars. I also anticipate people will be pulling handcarts this year, considering what our theme is,” Georgi said. “We have a family who have had their car in the parade nearly every year since it started. They are always the first entry to call me. For a few families, it is a family tradition to participate. It is almost like their reunion.”
The grand marshals for the parade are longtime valley residents Alan and Sheila Lewis, who have owned a business within the community for 20 years and have been married for 60, Georgi said.
“Hopefully, it’s not as hot as last year so bring a nice cold drink and enjoy the parade,” Georgi said.
Friday’s afternoon schedule:
- Daughters of Utah Pioneer Cabin: 100 W. Center, open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m.
- Parade: Kamas Main Street, 5 p.m. The road will close approximately 15 minutes before the parade and will reopen after.
- Bull Wars: a bull rodeo starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available to purchase for $8.
- Dance: SS Bus Garage, 45 S 300 E, follows Bull Wars and lasts until midnight. Admission is $5.
Saturday, July 22 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 12:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Primary Children’s Hospital.
- Daughters of the Utah Pioneer Cabin: 100 W. Center St., 2 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.
Monday, July 24 schedule:
- Tractor Display: Kamas City Park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Kids Parade: Kamas Main Street, 10 a.m.
- Kids activities, including a cool down by the South Summit Fire Protection District: Kamas City Park, 11 a.m.
- Fiesta bingo for juniors and seniors: Kamas City Park Building, 400 South Main, noon
- Pioneer Day Program: Kamas City Park Pavilion, 1 p.m.
For more information about Fiesta Days and a full schedule of events, go to http://www.kamascity.net/
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