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Mayors of Utah Valley: Saratoga Springs celebrates 25 years as a city

By Jim Miller - Special to the Daily Herald | May 21, 2022

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Jim Miller

The year 2022 marks the 25th anniversary for the City of Saratoga Springs. To commemorate our silver jubilee, the city will be expanding our traditional events to make them better than ever before.

In 2008, the City Celebrations Committee was established. Since then, city staff has worked with a group of dedicated volunteers to build a series of events that residents have come to look forward to all year long. We kicked off the year off with our annual Miss Saratoga Springs Scholarship Pageant. The pageant provides an opportunity for young ladies in our community to serve the community while earning money to further their education. In addition to assisting at events and representing the community in parades throughout the Wasatch Front, each member of the royalty completes a 10-hour service project to benefit our residents.

Last year, due to COVID constraints, our city staff added some additional events to our Spring Festival including a virtual adult egg hunt. We were able to host that event again the week of April 11-16 along with our first-ever Teen Flashlight Hunt on April 15 at Neptune Park. We were excited to bring our traditional hunt for kids back on April 16. This event is for children ages 0-12, along with an adaptive section for all those that are young at heart or may need to have additional accommodations to join in the fun.

We had food trucks for attendees to purchase breakfast, along with a visit from the Easter Bunny and activities provided by the Saratoga Springs Library. Besides candy and eggs, we had more prize eggs than ever before with tickets for larger prizes to celebrate our 25th anniversary — along with 25 bonus eggs with a special prize for those that find them.

We will be kicking off our Summer Monday Fundays at Neptune Park on June 6 with our Chalk, Walk & Boogie. This event includes a sidewalk chalk contest, food trucks and the summer concert from the Saratoga Springs Orchestra. Registration for the Chalk Contest can be found on the city website. Every Monday evening through the summer we will host a Food Truck Rally, hosted by the Food Truck League from 5-8:30 p.m., with a concert or other entertainment starting at 7 p.m. We end this event with our end of Summer Luau on Aug. 8.

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Wheat grows beside Mountain View Road in northwestern Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Summer fun would not be complete without our Saratoga Splash Days, which we celebrate the second full weekend of June. Saratoga Splash Days will be June 8-11 this year. We are excited to bring our full event back along with some fun new additions. Including the City of Fun Carnival, The Splash Days Car Show, Splash Bash and more.

We are excited to have the Groove Masters perform for our free concert on June 10 which will be followed by a light show. Our fireworks show will be on a new night at a new location. For our Silver Jubilee we will be hosting a 25-minute show at our Patriot Park. At this venue we are able to light off larger fireworks that will be able to be seen from the lake and surrounding open spaces.

We will welcome fall at our annual Fall Festival on Oct. 7. This event takes place at our wonderful Shay Park. It will include miniature train rides, games, trick or treating and other fun activities. We will then end our slate of 25th anniversary celebrations with our Celebrate in Saratoga holiday event.

This includes a tree lighting the Monday after Thanksgiving and performances by local vocal artists, a visit with Santa, crafts, food trucks and for our 25-year celebration and a winter fireworks show. We will be hosting our annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest, special library activities and more to help our residents build memories and a sense of community as they celebrate the season.

We are excited to join with our residence in celebrating the many things that make Saratoga Springs a great place to live, so they can say with confidence, “Life’s just better here.”


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