Price International Days ready to begin Thursday
With a year of preparation and planning of events down to the last detail now over, Price City officials said they are ready for the city's big annual celebration known as International Days this weekend.
The yearly extravaganza brings residents from both Carbon and Emery counties out to events all over the city. Price City Council member Wayne Clausing, who served as the head of the board for the International Days Committee, said everything looks ready to go for the start of the celebration.
"There's no stopping this train," Clausing said of the last minute work on the event. "We'll do the best we can."
Good news for the International Days Committee is that the construction that has taken place at Washington Park is nearly 100 percent complete. Price City Public Works Director Gary Sonntag said the new parking lot, basketball court, horseshoe pits and other improvements are all set for the event. A few areas at the park may be cordoned off with work still to be done, but they should not impact the event, Sonntag explained to the city council during a meeting on Tuesday evening.
The event, which starts on Thursday and continues through Saturday evening, contains events for people of all ages. The festivities will officially start on Thursday evening with the opening ceremonies from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Price City Peace Garden. The opening will include the flag presentation, the introduction of the Grand Marshal and a concert by the band Lokalgrown. The night will end with a fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m. with the display to be shot off from the top of Wood Hill.
For children, there will be two Rock the Pool events held at the Price City Wave Pool on Thursday and Friday. Both of the events, which are sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County and Pinnacle HVAC, will be free to the public. Also the Kids Parade will be held on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. starting at City Hall which then leads to the Kids Day Activities at Washington Park from 10 a.m. to Noon, sponsored by Castleview Hospital.
There will also be moving showings on Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 9:15 p.m. for families to enjoy with "Wreck It Ralph and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" to be shown. For the third straight year, a burnout contest is scheduled to be held on Friday at 7 p.m. along Main Street.
Events on Saturday include an early morning breakfast put on by the Lions Club, a 5K Run-Walk, the parade, a car show, sports tournaments including basketball, horseshoes and climbing wall, live entertainment and The Texaco Country Showdown on Saturday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.
Vendors of all kinds will be on hand throughout the celebration. Clausing said that 85 booths spaces have been sold so far at Washington Park and that 42 entries are scheduled for the parade.
With the return of the International Days Golf Tournament 4-Person Scramble on Saturday morning, Price City Community Director Nick Tatton said about 23 teams have signed up for the event. Spaces for about 10 more teams are available, Tatton said, and the prizes for the event include $200 to each member of the first place team, $100 each for the second place team and $50 each for the third place team.
For more information on participating in the golf tournament, contact Nick Tatton at 636-3184 or TK's Pro Shop at 637-2388.