LEHI - Lehi City leaders announced that the community's annual July 24 Foam Day that had thousands attending prior years is being canceled this year because of drought conditions. It should return next year.
The hot summer celebration typically uses 90,000 gallons of culinary water for the foam Lehi firefighters spray over the fields, children and adults at the event.
"We feel that it is the best interest of our community to go without the foam at this year's celebration," city administrator Derek Todd said.
While the municipal water has recovered, there is still a need to conserve, he said. Instead of the foam there will be a fair with live music, vendor shopping, bounce houses and other attractions at Wines Park as a Resident Appreciation Day."
"We are so appreciative of our residents' efforts in complying with the watering restrictions," Todd said.
Foam Day is a fairly young tradition for the city of 50,000. The magazine National Geographic profiled the foam day as a unique community celebration in 2012.
"Being one of the creators of Foam Day, I was quite disappointed, but you do what you gotta do," Lehi Councilman Johnny Revill said.
After thousands attended the popular event last year, officials had discussed moving the event to another location because so many participants trampling, jumping and sliding in the foam damaged the field at its Sports Park.
Municipal officials emphasized that Foam Day will still be an annual, ongoing event.
"Foam Day is an important Lehi tradition, and this in no way signals that the city will stop holding the event in the future," said Brenn Bybee, assistant city administrator.
More information about the Pioneer Day celebration will be given within the week on the city website as Resident Appreciation Day is a newly created event. Those interested in being a vendor for the event, please contact the Lehi Area Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.