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South Summit Trails celebrates its inaugural year with another fundraiser

The young nonprofit aims to build more trails in South Summit area

South Summit Trails Foundation founding board members Howard Sorenson, Les England, Tom Noaker, Raeshell Sutherland and Amber Nelson are looking forard to sharing the succes of their first season with supporters in Oakley on June 9.

The South Summit Trails Foundation, a newer nonprofit, got its wheels turning with last year's South Summit Trailfest, a family-friendly fundraiser that brought together local cyclists wanting to obtain information about trails in the area.

Because the event was a success, the nonprofit is planning to host the second South Summit Trailfest from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9.

"We definitely wanted to have another one," said Amber Nelson, board treasurer for the foundation. "We're really excited. Last year was a great success and we really expect this year to be just as wonderful."

The event will take place at Cattleman’s Hall in Oakley and will be catered by Kumbayah Kitchen. Tickets for dinner are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Music by Honky Blue Tonky and carnival-style games will also be part of the event.

And there will be a silent auction, said Rae Sutherland, the foundation's board secretary.

Featured auction items include Deer Valley and Vail lift passes, a guided fly-fishing trip, a day at Blue Sky Utah's private shooting range and gifts from local vendors. Also available at the event will be maps of trails in the South Summit area.

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Not yet 2 years old, South Summit Trails Foundation depends on events like this one to get by.

And while the fundraiser was a success last season, donations the nonprofit receives are smaller compared to other organizations based in Park City, Nelson said.

"We're totally reliant on the small donations right now," Nelson said. "Things like this fundraiser are what get us through the year to cover just simple operating costs."

Another struggle Nelson and company run into from time to time is dealing with certain landowners, who Nelson said can be "much more tentative in their support of trails."

In the end, the mission for the South Summit Trails Foundation is to get people to utilize trails in the area between Wanship and Woodland. It hopes to get support for new trails. For instance, it encourages people to show up for the grand opening of a new trail system at High Star Ranch, which takes place on June 10, one day after Trailfest.

"We do have a number of trails that already exist out there," Nelson said. "The new trails at High Star are just an example of the incredible opportunities we have to put in some amazing trails out there. For every new trail we have in the South Summit area, that's less people that are going to be on the Park City trails."

Proceeds from Trailfest will go toward the development of trails throughout the South Summit area, as the nonprofit group is working to build a new park and trail system in Oakley, Sutherland said.

The South Summit Trailfest will go from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9, at Cattleman's Hall in Oakley.