From local city celebration festivities to the Day of the Cowboy at Camp Floyd State Park, Mythos at Evermore Park to the Timp Half, there are plenty of ways to enjoy all that the area has to offer this weekend. Here are our five tips!
— By Kari Kenner, Daily Herald
Party with the community
Though Spanish Fork’s Fiesta Days festivities are winding down this weekend, Santaquin’s Orchard Days and the Highland Fling are just starting to rev up, offering even more summer fun for all ages at city celebrations across the Utah Valley.
Final events for Fiesta Days, which ends Saturday, include the Fiesta Days Tennis Tournament as well as the Spanish Fork Community Theater’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Santaquin Orchard Days, on the other hand, will kick-off this Saturday and run through Aug. 3 with events including the Opening Ceremony and Flag Raising, Little Buck-a-Roo Rodeo, fireworks, Pro Rodeo and more.
Highland Fling will also run Saturday through Aug. 3 with this weekend featuring the Family Adventure Race, Kickoff Event and 2019 Passport Challenge. For details on all three celebrations, head to heraldextra.com/citycelebrations.
Find your home on the range
If all the rodeos popping up across the Utah Valley aren’t enough western-themed fun for you, head out to Camp Floyd State Park, 18035 W. 1540 North in Fairfield, for the Day of the Cowboy festivities. The event will run Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., celebrating the cowboy way of life with activities, vendors, food and cowboy poetry and music. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs with admission priced at $5 per person or $15 per family with a $5 charge for wagon rides. For more details on the event, follow this link.
Paint the Street
You can get artistic in Provo’s downtown area in the most literal way with BikeProvo.org’s Paint the Street: 300 West event.
According to event organizers, “We have a vision for a new 300 West: a low-stress bicycle boulevard that connects people on bike and foot with UTA's Provo Central station, Amtrak, Franklin neighborhood, Provo City Hall, downtown, Timp neighborhood, Provo Rec Center, IHC's Utah Valley Hospital, Provo River Trail, and so much more. To bring it about, we will be making temporary changes to the street to show Provo City and its residents how safe and friendly this street can be.”
The community is invited to meet at the intersection of 300 North and 300 West any time between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. to paint the street and encourage a safer area for bicyclists and pedestrians, and as a bonus, hot dogs will be provided for volunteers.
Lace up your running shoes
Check out the beautiful scenery in American Fork Canyon with the Timp Half and 5K this Saturday.
The Half will start at 6 a.m. at Tibble Fork Reservoir while the associated 5K and Kid’s Run will start at the American Fork High School Loop at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. respectively. Current cost is $95 for the half, $36 for the 5K and $10 for the Kid’s Run, with more details, including specific locations, stats and more at this link.
Explore a new realm
If you’re looking for a fun escape from reality, consider loading up the family and heading to Evermore Park, 382 S. Evermore Lane in Pleasant Grove.
Hyped as “a world of play for all ages, immersed in a fantasy European hamlet of imagination,” Evermore is currently offering an interactive experience dubbed Mythos, where elves, dwarves, goblins and more are welcoming guests into their ranks to celebrate summer and experience adventure.
Child tickets for ages 6-14 are priced at $9 for Monday and Friday adventures and $11 Saturday with adult tickets $14 Monday, $19 Friday and $22 Saturday.
Hours run 6-10 p.m. Monday and 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Aug. 17 with the next season at Evermore, Lore, currently set to open Sept. 6. Learn more about the park at evermore.com, or watch for an in-depth feature set to run this Thursday in the Daily Herald’s entertainment section: The Ticket.