With significant growth happening this year in Eagle Mountain, Pony Express Days venues and events have changed to utilize a newly-built park and accommodate a growing city. The carnival will move this year from Nolan Park to a larger venue at Wride Memorial Park. The park has extensive open space and will provide what the city believes to be the ideal environment to host the large carnival, local entertainment, boutique and vendor booths, and food trucks.
Another change comes from construction on the normal parade route. While roads are expanding to allow more residents an easy commute to City Center, the parade will change location and move in the opposite direction. Linda Peterson expressed that “due to growth in the city and additional development in the area where the lineup was previously staged” the Pony Express Days Grand Parade will be changing routes this year to run from Smith Ranch Road moving west to Red Hawk Ranch Road. As usual, prizes are awarded in a annual float competition and parade floats will be tossing goodies and candy for the children lining the parade route.
Although several changes are in place for Pony Express Days this year, the locally-founded Cupcake Charity will continue to run as it has and provide service in the form of a fun run. Every year the city hosts the Pony Express Days Cupcake Charity 5k to help a local family in need. All proceeds from participants’ registration will be helping a local Eagle Mountain family with extensive medical bills and expenses. The race consists of a 5K at 7 a.m. and a kids fun run at 8 a.m. Racers can register through May 30.
Also returning and staying in the same location as previous years at Nolen Park is the family fun night. The night starts at 4 p.m. and features “more inflatables than ever before and new additions for smaller children!” Food trucks will be in attendance, the city will offer free popcorn and cotton candy, music will be provided by Gotta Dance, and the movie “Ralph Breaks the Internet” will start at 9 p.m. to kick off the city’s summer tradition of Movies in the Park.
In addition to the events held by the city, Pony Express Events will be holding its annual rodeo the May 24 through May 27 and the demolition derby on Saturday, June 1. The Eagle Mountain Symphony Orchestra will also hold a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Silver Lake Amphitheater.
Another addition to this year’s partnered events is a motorcycle adventure ride and campout. Riders will have the choice of two routes depending on skill level and type of motorcycle, with both routes heading towards Eureka. More information pertaining to this event can be found on the city’s website.
On Saturday, a free rock concert will be held at the park featuring Salt Rock City, a group from Salt Lake City that covers bands like Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse. Their concert will be followed by a firework show to finish out the week of events.