Highland’s annual Highland Fling celebration kicks off this Saturday and runs through Aug. 3 with a full schedule of events for all ages. With so many great events on the radar, here are our tips for which ones you just shouldn’t miss.
— By Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
Kid's Night/Cardboard Challenge
Head to the Town Center Plaza Splash Pad for the Highland Fling's annual Kids Night. This year the event will include the city's traditional bike race and the third annual Cardboard Challenge. Elementary age school kids can submit a creation made from cardboard and other recyclable materials -- with an animal theme.
This year, there will also be a balloon animal booth, face painting, food vendors and a water bottle rocket launch.
When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday (check-in for cardboard challenge is 6 p.m.)
Where: Town Center Splash Pad; 5400 W. Civic Center Dr., Highland
Cost: Bike Race, Rocket Building/Launches & Cardboard Challenge are free, face painting and food vendors will be available for purchase.
New this year to the Highland Fling lineup is a luau that will feature cultural celebrations from Tahiti, Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga. There will also be a dinner of pulled pork, teriyaki chicken, rice, macaroni salad and green salad provided by Pacific Island Grill. The meal is $10. The city offered online reservations for the meal, but 50 meals will be there for those who have not registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
When: Meal at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m., Saturday
Where: Heritage Park; 10400 Alpine Highway, Highland
Cost: Show is free to view, meal is $10.
Movie in the Park
Pack up your family, your chairs and blankets for the Highland Fling Movie in the Park. The featured movie is "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" and the event will include food vendors and shaved ice.
When: 7 p.m., Monday (movie starts at dusk)
Where: Heritage Park; 10400 N. Alpine Highway, Highland
Strongman Competition and Highland Games
It wouldn’t be the Highland Fling without the Strongman Competition, Highland Games and the Utah State Hammer Throw Competition.
The battle of strength begins with the Strongman Competition from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 at Heritage Park in Highland. The event is free for spectators.
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: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 2; 9 a.m-4:30 p.m., Aug. 3
Where: Heritage Park, 10400 N. Alpine Highway, Highland
The Highland Fling Grand Parade will take place Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and will follow a route from Highland Elementary School to Heritage Park. The theme of this year's parade is "What a Wonderful World."
Registration for entry to the parade is open through Aug. 1.
When: 10-11:30 a.m., Aug. 4
Where: Highland Elementary School (10865 N. 6000 W.) to Heritage Park (10400 N. Alpine Highway)
Trot for Courage: 5K and Fun Run
For the second year, Highland is partnering with Courage Reins for the 5K and Fun Run "Trot for Courage." Courage Reins' horses will be along the route to encourage runners and will be at the "water trough" when runners need to re-hydrate.
Part of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Courage Reins program.
The 5K will be a chip timed race, and will begin at 7 a.m. The Fun Run is not timed and will begin at 8 a.m.
When: 7 and 8 a.m., Aug. 3
Where: Courage Reins; 5870 W. 10400 North, Highland
More info and registration: http://highlandcity.org/index.aspx?NID=243
Youth Night Drive-In Movie
The Drive-In Movie event is for youth from 9th to 12th grade, and will feature the film "Crazy Rich Asians." Food trucks will also be on site for food purchases.
When: Parking starts at 8:30 p.m. with the film starting at 9 p.m. Aug. 2
Where: Field on 10600 North, just west of Mountain Ridge Jr. High School
Play Day Rodeo
This long-standing Highland Fling event includes barrels, key hold, match pairs, stick horse races, trail horse, egg races, flag races, musical mats and western horsemanship. The divisions will be broken up by ages 8 and under, 9 to 12, 12 to 15 and 16 and older.
When: Registration at 1 p.m., events at 2 p.m., Aug. 2
Where: North Utah County Equestrian Park, 9400 N. 6800 West, Highland
Lone Peak Fireman's Spray
Cool off in the hot summer sun with the Lone Peak Fire Department.
When: 2 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 3
Where: Mountain Ridge Jr. High School (east field); 5525 W. 10400 North, Highland
Grand Fireworks Show
July 4th and 24th may be over, but the fabulous fireworks displays aren’t. The Highland Fling Grand Fireworks Show will feature a fun display with great fireworks.
When: 10 p.m., Aug. 3
Where: Mountain Ridge Jr. High School (south field); 5525 W. 10400 North, Highland