Kaysville Parks and Recreation will be hosting a free day of art, music, and community activities on June 18 from 6 a.m. to after dusk at Heritage Park (150 N. Fairfield Rd.) There will be musical performances by Kurt Bestor and a host of local musicians including Shane Hickenlooper and Ivytown, artisan and food vendors, quilt and art displays, storytellers from the Utah Storytellers Guild, and an evening movie.
“Our goal is to have the community come together and enjoy the new park,” said Kris Willey, head of the Celebrate Heritage Committee (the group, who is organizing the event, is part of the city’s parks and recreation department).
Though Kurt Bestor will be the headlining performance at 6 p.m. on the community stage, there will be plenty of other concerts throughout the day.
Also taking their turn on the community stage will be Hickenlooper, Ivytown, Vocalocity, the Bagley Family, the Celebration Chamber Orchestra, and Rocking Rob and the Hound Dog. (For specific performance times, see the Art and Music flyer online at www.kaysvillerec. com.)
Between these concerts, residents can head over to the Fresh Market stage for a variety of local entertainment.
“All of the talent is from Kaysville or the surrounding area,” said Willey, adding that all of the performers other than Bestor are performing at the event for free.
There will also be close to 50 food and artisan vendors, as well as a quilt display and art displays of work by LeConte Stewart and Rebecca Mann.
The Utah Storytelling Guild will also be on hand, donating their time to operate a booth and share stories with the community.
“We’ve been amazed at the number of people who have wanted to participate,” said Willey, adding that the event couldn’t have gotten off the ground without the donated participation and sponsorship from Fresh Market, Egan Automotive, and a host of others.
If that’s not quite enough to be satisfying, there are also morning and evening events planned. For those who want to get started early, there will be a free sunrise Zumba session starting at 6 a.m. Everyone is welcome to participate, no matter their age level or experience with Zumba.
And for those who are hoping to wrap up their evening at the park, a free showing of “Despicable Me” will start at either 9 p.m. or dusk (whichever comes first).
“We wanted a movie that would be enjoyable for both adults and young people,” said Willey.
All total, it’s a packed roster of events that the committee members themselves hadn’t exactly planned on. Though they hope to make the event annual, they’d told themselves they were going to start out slowly.
“We were thinking we’d start out fairly small, but instead we’re starting out really large,” she said, adding that both the musicians and vendors were completely to capacity. “It’s exciting.”