BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL – The past and present combine at this year’s Handcart Days festival.
The event, which includes booths, games, fireworks and a parade, is set for July 23 and 24 in downtown Bountiful. This year’s theme is “Community Pulling Together,” and organizers say that the focus will be on everything that makes a community great.
“It ties back to the pioneers pulling the handcarts, but also focuses on everything we do now,” said Lowell Hadley, one of the event organizers. “It’s about both our heritage and today.”
There are nearly 100 entries in this year’s parade, which starts at 6 p.m. on July 23. The route will start at 1500 S. and Main St, then go north to 400 N. and Main St. It will then turn onto 100 South and travel south to the starting location.
Former Bountiful Mayor John Cushing will be Grand Marshal for this year’s parade, which will also include the current mayors of Bountiful, West Bountiful and Woods Cross. Other entries include a group of classic Model A cars by the Salty As, two pipe bands and the Shriners.
“They’re really excited to come,” said Hadley.
Returning to the parade will be St. Olaf’s church, which will be celebrating 70 years in Davis County this year.
Bountiful City Park will have a variety of booths, food vendors, rides and blow-up houses from noon to 10 p.m. on July 23 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 24. There will also be pioneer games, a climbing wall and a take-home pioneer craft for kids. Though admission is free, individual tickets must be purchased for some activities.
There will also be a full schedule of free music and dance concerts throughout the two days, held under the canopy by the park stage. The list of performers includes the Wasatch and District Pipe Band, the bluegrass band Silver Creek and the Celebration Orchestra. A complete schedule can be found online at handcartdays.org/events/entertainment.
“We’ve got all kinds of people performing,” said Sterling Jensen, head of the Handcart Days committee.
The evening of July 23 will end with fireworks, set to go off at approximately 9:45 in the skies above Mueller Park Jr. High.
Rec center activities
Three different races will start at the South Davis Recreation Center the morning of July 24, giving runners of all ages the chance to find the one that fits them best. The half marathon will start at 6 a.m., the 5K will start at 7 a.m. and a 1K will start at 8 a.m. Registration can be done before the race.
Following the races, swimming at the rec center will be free from 10 a.m. to noon.
Handcart Days starts early with several historical tours, set for July 20. Bus tours of notable Bountiful locations will depart from the historical Willey Cabin, located just north of city hall. In honor of the Bountiful Tabernacle’s 150th anniversary, there will also be tours of the building. Schedules for both tours are available online at handcartdays.org/events/historical-tours.
The final tour, which will explore the historical cemetery at 2224 South 200 West, will be on July 21 at 6 p.m. The walking tour will focus on pioneer graves.