For the first year, the Highland Fling will kick off with a luau, complete with a fire dancer, meal, music and dance. The meal includes pulled pork, teriyaki chicken, macaroni salad and green salad from Pacific Island Grill for $10.
When: 6:30 p.m., July 27
Where: Heritage Park; 10400 N. Alpine Highway, Highland
Cost: $10 per meal, register online by July 20
Kids Night and Cardboard Challenge
Head to the Town Center Plaza Splash Pad for the Highland Fling's annual Kids Night. This year’s theme is all about the animals that inhabit our wonderful world. The event will include a bike race, a rocket launch, and the third annual Cardboard Challenge. Elementary age school kids can submit a creation made from cardboard and other recyclable materials.
The winners of the Bike Race and the Cardboard Challenge will win awards.
When: 6:30 p.m., July 31 (check-in for cardboard challenge is 6 p.m.)
Where: Town Center Splash Pad; 5400 W. Civic Center Drive, Highland
Cost: Bike Race, Rocket Building/Launches & Cardboard Challenge are free, face painting and food vendors will be available for purchase.
Play Day Rodeo
The Play Day Rodeo is a long-standing tradition at the Highland Fling, and gives everyone a chance to show off their western skills. Contestants can compete in lead line, stick horse races, barrels, poles, flags, Western horsemanship, match pairs, egg races, musical mats and a $1 race.
When: 2 p.m., Aug. 2 (registration at 1 p.m.)
Where: North Utah County Equestrian Park; 9400 N. 6800 West, Highland
Cost: Online $3/event, $20 all day, $45 family day; onsite registration $5/event, $30 all day, $65 family day; family is 3 or more
Strongman Competition and Highland Games
It wouldn’t be the Highland Fling without the Strongman Competition and Highland Games by Utah Heavy Athletics.
The battle of strength begins Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Heritage Park in Highland and is free for viewers.
Saturday, Aug. 3, the fun will continue with the Utah State Hammer Championship & Highland Games, also at Heritage Park, beginning at 9 a.m. This event is also free and open to the public.
When: 5:30 p.m., Aug. 2; 9 a.m., Aug. 3
Where: Heritage Park, 10400 N. Alpine Highway, Highland
Cost: Free for spectators
The theme of this year’s Highland Fling Grand Parade is “What a Wonderful World.” The parade will run from Highland Elementary School to Heritage Park.
When: 10-11:30 a.m., Aug. 3
Where: Highland Elementary School (10865 N. 6000 W.) to Heritage Park (10400 N. Alpine Highway)
For a full calendar of Highland Fling events, visit http://heraldextra.com/citycelebrations.