Handcart Days events start July 20

by Tom HARALDSEN tharaldsen@davisclipper.com BOUNTIFUL—The city’s annual commemoration of the arrival of pioneers to Utah, Bountiful Handcart Days, runs Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21. There are activities planned in Bountiful Park (400 North 200 West), at the Bountiful Davis Art Center (90 N. Main), and along Main Street. Food, rides and games will begin at noon on Friday in the park, taking a break for the parade. They will continue again on Saturday from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., with food starting at 11 a.m. Those Main Street activities will include the Grand Parade on Friday starting at 6 p.m. It runs from 1500 South to 400 North, then west to 100 West. An art and craft exhibition continues through July 20 at the BDAC (see story in this issue), the Bountiful History Museum open house on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (305 N. Main), historic bus tours every hour on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. from the museum, and tours of the historic Bountiful Tabernacle from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday (leaving every hour). Saturday is also for Handcart Day races. They start at the South Davis Recreation Center in the park. A half marathon begins at 6 a.m., the Frontier 5K at 7 a.m. and Pioneer Pete’s 1K at 7:45 a.m. you can get more information online at handcarthalf.com. Grand Marshal for the parade is former Bountiful City manager Tom Hardy. The theme this year is “A Bountiful Celebration.” You may begin saving your spot along the parade route at 7 a.m. the day of the parade. Before that time no chairs, ropes, blankets, or other personal items may be left unattended. Overnight camping along the parade route is not permitted (see City Ordinance 13-2-114). Vasa Fitness, The Eye Institute and Renaissance Center will close at 3:30 p.m. on Friday July 20, in preparation for the Handcart Days Parade.  Wells Fargo Bank will be open during regular business hours that day, but for walk up customers only after 3:30 p.m. See a separate story in this issue of the Davis Clipper about entertainment for the two-day celebration.


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