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Tour of Utah plus Silly Market will equal a huge August day

by Jay Hamburger The Park Record

The second Sunday in August could be so busy in Park City it might be silly.

City Hall staffers are eyeing Aug. 12 as a day that could be among the busiest on the summertime calendar.

The Park Silly Sunday Market is scheduled to be held on Main Street that day, as it is most every Sunday during the summer and early fall. Adding to the festivities on Aug. 12 would be the Tour of Utah cycling race. The Tour of Utah is scheduled to run from Aug. 7 until Aug. 12, with the final day scheduled in Park City after the riders spend the week in locations like Ogden, Utah County, Salt Lake City and Snowbird.

Tommy Youngblood, who helps oversee special events for City Hall, wrote a memo to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council about the possibilities on Aug. 12, including the potential of a more involved closure on Main Street than is typical for the Silly Market.

Staffers see the day the Tour of Utah is in Park City as "the perfect opportunity to expand programming and experiment with an all-day street closure," the memo says.

The Silly Market occupies lower Main Street on Sundays. The street north of Heber Avenue is closed to traffic those days. The Silly Market also has activities in a few spots south of Heber Avenue that do not require an extensive closure of streets. Upper Main Street remains open to traffic.

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Youngblood said he hopes the Tour of Utah course on Aug. 12 is finalized by early April. Once that is known, he said, details about possible activities on Main Street could be discussed. He said the day could be "one of the biggest days we have" in the summer.

The Tour of Utah held a timed criterium on Main Street in 2010, drawing a sizable crowd. The event did not return to the Park City limits in 2011, but the Utah Olympic Park was included in the schedule.

The Aug. 12 events would follow one week after the final day of the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, itself a major event on the summertime calendar, creating the prospects of two consecutive busy weekends in the city.