Also new this year, note Handcart Days chairs Les and Jennette Paskett, parade enthusiasts can set up chairs or stake out family areas along the parade route beginning at 7 a.m. on July 23. City and parade officials bowed to popular demand and moved the time up by three hours. However, no overnight setups will be allowed.
Humanitarian workers Barbara and Frank Frodsham have been selected as Grand Marshals of the Handcart Days Grand Parade, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 23.
With the theme, "Go Forward With Faith," this year's events include:
Handcart Days Grand Parade, 6 p.m. on July 23. One of the largest parades in the state, it features more than 100 entries, including floats, marching bands, antique automobiles, community and state political leaders and a variety of community groups. More than 75,000 people viewed the parade, last year, from its beginning at 1500 South along Main Street to an end at Bountiful City Park on 400 North. A color guard of Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force personnel will also precede residents who have served in the current Middle East military deployments.
Food Concessions and Carnival at Bountiful City Park, Friday, July 23, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday, July 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Concessions and carnival rides generate almost all revenues needed to operate Handcart Days. This year, nachos will be added to the menu of corn-on-the-cob, barbecued beef, Navajo fry bread, cotton candy and cold drinks.
Talent Showcase will offer 20 hours of entertainment from Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., with a two hour break for the parade, and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Local musicians will perform on a stage set up on the shady west end of the park. Such groups as the Muddy Gutter Boys and Beehive Statesmen will perform, as well as actors from Rodgers Memorial Theater.
Exchange Club's Chuckwagon Breakfast tradition will continue, July 24, 7-10 a.m. All food is donated by Dick's Markets, while all proceeds benefit programs to fight child abuse in the county. Scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes and juice and milk are on the menu at $4 per person or $15 a family. Grub will be served in the Bountiful Park Bowery.
Bountiful Recreation Center activities will offer free swimming, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. July 24, family swim races and free figure skating exhibitions, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Arts and Crafts Exhibit at the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, 745 S. Main, ends July 24. The free exhibit features 112 entries in painting, drawing, photography, woodworking and handcrafted items. On the 24th, the exhibit will stay open until 9 p.m. The exhibit may be viewed Mondays, 5-9 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-5 p.m.
Fireworks are set for Friday, 9:45 p.m. at Celebration Park just east of Mueller Park Junior High School, 10th E. 1800 S., sponsored by the BountifulCity Council.