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Sunnyside calls Community Daze a success

Children get a kick out of the model train that winds its way around the Sunnyside park during the annual festival.

Sun Advocate reporter

"It was a success."

That's what many on the Sunnyside City council collectively thought about the Community Daze celebration held on July 10 during discussion at a city council meeting last week.

With months of preparation for the event starting back in January and making sure everything was in place at the last possible moment, the event accomplished what the Sunnyside City council was hoping for: Seeing families, friends and children enjoy a day of fun in the sun at the park.

Cars lined the road leading into Sunnyside and blanketed an entire hillside usually left empty. Hundreds of people came out to the park to enjoy the many activities available including bouncers for children, a rock climbing wall, a horseshoe tournament, a car show on the baseball field and more. Also on hand were many vendors selling everything from t-shirts to food and drinks to jewelry and other trinkets.

The event brought out families and brought people back to Sunnyside to celebrate a weekend full of events, including the 60th anniversary Grassy Trails Riding Club rodeo held on July 9 and 10.

"I've heard nothing but good things from people about the Community Daze event," said Councilman Tony Riffle.

Raffle tickets were sold for prizes at the event, which brought in over $2,000, said City Recorder Polly Sanderson. Councilwoman Nola Porter said the T-shirts and hats made for the event sold well.

"It seemed like it (Community Daze) was so much better this year," said Porter.

The event, which shifts from East Carbon to Sunnyside each year, will be held in East Carbon next year.

Another topic of discussion focused on the construction of bathrooms at the baseball field.

Work is still being done on the bathrooms, putting a delay on the project that was scheduled to be completed by July 24. Sunnyside City Mayor Doug Parsons said that the roof is in place on the bathrooms but work is still being done on the inside. The entire project should be completed within the next couple of weeks, he said.

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