Western Day at Utah Olympic Park
With Pioneer Day quickly approaching on July 24, the Utah Olympic Park is kick-starting the Western-themed festivities with Western Day on Saturday, July 18.
The event, which the UOP has hosted for a few years now, is consistently popular, according to Marketing Manager Melanie Welch.
"It’s kind of become a continued tradition here around the park," she said. "We’ve done it for the past couple years and it’s always sort of been around Pioneer Day."
Beginning at noon and ending at 4 p.m., Welch said there will be several free activities for visitors to enjoy.
"It’s basically an afternoon of Western-themed activities, including a mechanical bull, live music by the band Motherlode, face painting, bounce houses and some other activities," she said. "It’s geared toward families. We’ll have some barbecue going in the [Olympic] Plaza as well. All the activities there, including the mechanical bull, are all free. The barbecue will be charged, but beyond that, that’s really the only thing that costs anything."
Welch added that the Olympic Park always enjoys having Motherlode Canyon Band up to play a show.
"They played it last year," she said. "We always have a nice turnout whenever we mention that they’re participating. They always put on a great show and I feel like they’re great for all different ages, too. It’s a nice fit for the family theme we’ve got going."
The regularly scheduled Saturday Flying Ace All-Star show will take place at 11 a.m. and Welch said there will be a giveaway for the early guests of Western Day.
"The first 100 guests to arrive at noon will get a free cowboy hat," she said. "We’ve done this in the past and it’s a pretty popular draw for the activities. The Flying Ace show at 11 will roll into all these free activities."
The other activities at the Utah Olympic Park, including adventure courses, Zip lines and summer bobsled rides will be available from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. for extended weekend hours.
"It’s appealing for both guests that are coming up to enjoy the activities at the park and it’s also great for local Park City and Salt Lake City families," Welch said. "Free activities are always a draw for any family. It’s been popular from that standpoint and it’s a great way to spend the afternoon in the nice, cool mountain weather. It should be a nice little celebration to enjoy summer and should be a fun afternoon if the weather is nice like it is right now."
For those worried about the Utah Olympic Park’s limited parking availability, Welch said the newly re-paved Olympic Plaza and parking lots have made events run much more smoothly.
"Running activities is a lot easier," she said. "I think we’ve added about 300 spaces after all is said and done, which was much-needed — especially when we run events like this."
Overall, Welch said, Western Day will be a fun way to showcase the improvements at the park.
"We’re expecting a pretty good turnout," she said. "I think we’ll definitely see a nice crowd on Saturday. It should be a lot of fun."
The lift, called Over and Out, will pick up guests near the base of the Tombstone Express lift and drop them off near the top of Sunrise lift, allowing skiers to more easily descend into Canyons Village.