Orem Summerfest welcomes the summer season every year, but this year is special because the city of Orem is celebrating its 100th year. Because of this, activities have been ramped up to provide extra celebrating for the community. Summerfest will take place June 10-15.
For the last few years, Summerfest has been spread over two parks.
“After much consideration and feedback, we have decided to move everything to one park,” said Steven Downs, deputy city manager. “This will allow families to enjoy all of the action of Summerfest, without having to travel to multiple parks.” The festivities will take place in City Center Park, 200 E. 100 North.
Summerfest will kick off with a Monday night party that will include free ice cream for the first 1,000 people and live music from a local band, Jerseystreet. It will be followed by a world-renowned storyteller.
Something else that is new this year is that the annual Family Day has been lengthened to have the carnival rides begin at noon on June 13, rather than 6 p.m.
“This should help to spread out the Thursday lines and give more people an opportunity to enjoy the event,” Downs said. On that day, all rides take just one ticket. All tickets are $1. Tickets for the carnival can be purchased between now and the event at the Orem Public Library.
The Re-Imagined Summerfest Car Show has been enhanced this year to include military vehicles, as well as a free family barbecue. Held from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 12 at Scera Park, 600 S. State St., the show includes a collection of classic cars. There will also be a variety of activities available, including a train that children can ride around the park.
Additional stage entertainment will be added this year with a Scales and Tails reptile exhibit and juggling acts. A charity golf tournament hosted by the Kiwanis Club will be added to the Summerfest lineup and held from 8 a.m. to noon June 12. The proceeds will go to help children in need who live in Orem.
Popular yearly events that will be back again including the fireworks show that begins at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. This show will be larger this year than usual to celebrate Orem’s 100th year, according to Downs.
Other Summerfest favorites that will be back this year are kids’ crafts, hot dog eating contest, pie eating contest, boutiques in the park, performing arts celebration, live musical shows and a pool party. The party will be from 6 to 9 p.m. June 11 at Scera Pool, 701 S. State St.
“I love Summerfest in Orem. It truly is a community event. I love the chance to walk the parade route and to mingle and visit with all of our residents during the festivities at the park,” said Mayor Richard Brunst. “After the parade, Center Street is closed off and many families and kids enjoy walking around and then later sitting and watching the great fireworks show.”