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Table of Contents
2021 Schedule of Events................................................ 10
Food & Vendor Expo...................................................... 43
AF Mayor’s Message....................................................... 12
American Fork’s Got Talent........................................... 44
History of Steel Days...................................................... 14
Movie in the Park........................................................... 45
2021 Grand Marshals - Bob & Ada Eckles..................... 18
AF Marching Band Breakfast......................................... 46
Pickleball Tournament................................................... 20
Steel Days Run................................................................ 48
Golf Tournament............................................................ 21
Spikeball Tournament.................................................... 49
AF Symphony Concert.................................................... 22
Grand Parade.................................................................. 50
Discount Swim Day......................................................... 24
Car Show......................................................................... 52
Free Zumba, High Fitness & Yoga................................. 25
Smoke & Steel Cookoff.................................................. 54
Kids Splash Night............................................................ 26
American Fork Honorary Colonels................................ 56
Horseshoe Tournament.................................................. 27
Parking Map................................................................... 59
Art Show......................................................................... 28
Fair & Live Entertainment.............................................. 60
Kickball Tournament...................................................... 30
The Big Show - Opening Act......................................... 62
The Big Show - New Soul Brigade................................. 64
Quilt Show...................................................................... 32
Tea with the Queen....................................................... 33
History of American Fork............................................... 68
Youth Dance................................................................... 34
2021 Steel Days Committee........................................... 70
Steel Days 1966............................................................... 36
Message from the Co-Chairs.......................................... 72
Garden Tour.................................................................... 42
Thank You to Our Sponsors........................................... 74 Services & Specials.......................................................... 77
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2021 Schedule of Events MONDAY, JULY 5
Pickleball Tournament - 6:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park Golf Tournament - 8:00 a.m. at Fox Hollow Golf Club AF Symphony Concert - 7:00 p.m. at Quail Cove Amphitheater
TUESDAY, JULY 6 Discount Swim Day - 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the American Fork Fitness Center Kids Splash Night - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park Pickleball Tournament - 6:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park Horseshoe Tournament - 5:30 p.m. at Rotary Park Free Zumba - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Fitness Center parking lot Free High Fitness - 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Fitness Center parking lot Free Yoga - 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Pony Baseball Field (across the parking lot from the Fitness Center)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 7 Art Show - 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the American Fork Library Pickleball Tournament - 6:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park Kickball Tournament - 6:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park Carnival - 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at ART DYE PARK
THURSDAY, JULY 8 Art Show - 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the American Fork Library Quilt Show - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center Carnival - 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at ART DYE PARK Tea with the Queen -12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 5th East Hall Art Show Awards - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Robinson Park Pickleball Tournament - 6:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park Youth Dance - 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Art Dye Park
FRIDAY, JULY 9 Garden Tour - 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at various locations (see schedule on Garden Tour page) Art Show - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the American Fork Library Quilt Show - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center Carnival - 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at ART DYE PARK Food and Vendor Expo - 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Art Dye Park American Fork’s Got Talent - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park Movie in the Park - Dusk (9:30 p.m.) at Art Dye Park
SATURDAY, JULY 10 Marching Band Breakfast - 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Fresh Market parking lot Steel Days Run 5K/10K - 7:00 a.m. at the Fire Station Spikeball Tournament - 9:30 a.m. at Art Dye Park Grand Parade - 9:30 a.m. at Main Street and 100 E. Car Show - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rotary Park Art Show - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the American Fork Library Quilt Show - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Senior Center Garden Tour - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at various locations (see schedule on Garden Tour page) Carnival - 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at ART DYE PARK Smoke & Steel Cookoff - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Rotary Park Food and Vendor Expo - 1:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Art Dye Park Live Entertainment - 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park Steel Days Fair - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park Big Show Opening Act - 6:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park Big Show - 7:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park Fireworks - 10:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park 10 • AMERICAN FORK STEEL DAYS 2021 | www.steeldaysaf.com
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AF Mayor’s Message Whether you’re a long-time resident, newcomer, or visitor to American Fork – welcome to Steel Days. We hope you will join us in our weeklong celebration representing all the great things our community has to offer. American Fork Steel Days gets its name from the local steel mills that made up a large portion of the economy in Utah County some 60 years ago. While the steel mills have long since closed, American Fork has decided to hold on to that name because in many ways it still represents us today. Steel is a call back to American Fork’s past, which we hope to never forget. Steel is a symbol of industry, which has continuously moved our community onward toward bigger and better achievements. Steel itself is an alloy, which is a mixture of metals combined together to make a stronger and more fracture-resistant substance. So too is American Fork a mixture of people, ideas, and opinions forged in the fires of family and friendship to make our community stronger and more resilient. Steel
Days is our chance to celebrate all of the elements that make American Fork the wonderful city that it is today. People who participate in Steel Days will find something for the entire family. The activities are diverse and plentiful, the people are good, and the food and fun are continuous. Watch a concert, play in a pickleball tournament, visit the carnival, see the parade, listen to a band, and enjoy some fireworks. It’s all here during American Fork Steel Days. And while you’re out, please enjoy the other amenities that American Fork has to offer. Feel free to visit our newly improved Art Dye Park or historic Quail Cove Amphitheater or launch from our boat harbor. Eat out at one of our many restaurants, or pick up what you need at one of our businesses, many of whom are sponsoring events at Steel Days. Visit one of our beautiful parks or attend one of our many cultural events, both of which have been enhanced thanks to our resident-supported P.A.R.C. tax,
which funds the parks, arts, recreation, and culture in American Fork. We have a strong heritage and an even stronger future. We invite you to enjoy the Steel Days festivities as we celebrate the things that make our community great. Mayor Brad Frost
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History of Steel Days This year, we celebrate 76 years since the first Steel Day celebration! For over 100 years the city of American Fork has gathered together to celebrate its history, achievements, business community, and residents. This annual celebration is now known as Steel Days, but throughout the years the festivities have also been called Timber Day, Liberty Day, and Poultry Day.
Timber Day was an all-day picnic with music, entertainment, and games. It began around 1865 and was held in a grove of trees known as “The Timbers.” Families brought food prepared especially for the occasion, laid it out, and shared it with others. There were activities for young and old, with a horseshoe competition, foot races, and ball games. Timber Day was observed until approximately 1904.
Liberty Day had no set date but alternated between July 4 and July 24 to mark the nation’s birth date along with the residents’ pioneer heritage. The picnic in the park continued in Central Park, which is now known as Robinson Park. There was an organized parade with decorated flatbed horse-drawn wagons. When automobiles were introduced, they were decorated and driven from one end of Main Street to the other. Until 1910, the city’s roads were dirt and gravel, increasing the challenges of such travels. There was usually a theme chosen for each year’s celebration. In 1925, it honored the various states of the United States. There was a baseball game, dance, and fireworks. The tradition of shooting off a cannon from the cemetery hill early in the morning marked the start of the day’s events.
In July 1927, Poultry Day began with a modest celebration. It was expanded in 1928 with a town banquet instead of the previous picnic. There was also a parade, ball game, races, carnival, and a program and dance. Mary Pulley was the first Poultry Day Queen. During the banquet, a server spilled a pot of hot chocolate in Mary’s lap. She simply wiped it up and went on with the day. The Sunrise Salute, or firing the cannon, continued at daybreak. There was a free lunch with 10,000 chicken sandwiches served. There was a flower show, art show, and an all-day movie showing at the Cameo Theater. There were no celebrations held during the years of the Depression. Poultry Day was held in July 1941, but with the attack on Pearl Harbor in December, all American Fork celebrations were eliminated during the war, with the exception of a small neighborhood party in 1944. 14 • AMERICAN FORK STEEL DAYS 2021 | www.steeldaysaf.com
Since 1945, Steel Days has been American Fork’s traditional celebration. Then-mayor O. De Vere Wootton decided Poultry Day no longer reflected the city’s economy. The newly constructed Columbia Steel Mill brought many newcomers, who made an impact on housing, utilities, traffic, and commerce. The mill became the largest employer in Utah Valley. Two individuals suggested “Steel Day” after a request for ideas for a name for the celebration. Steel Day was selected and was celebrated on Labor Day. In 1946, Steel Day was a full day of events, similar to Poultry Day. The American Fork Chamber of Commerce was also established that year and was involved in the planning of the Steel Day events. The parade featured numerous floats decorated for and by local businesses. Bands came from Tooele, Salt Lake City, Nephi, Payson, Lehi, Pleasant Grove, and Provo. The parade was presented twice for many years - at 10:00 a.m. from 500 West Main Street to 500 East, and then at 6:00 p.m. when the route was reversed. The duration of Steel Days expanded from one day to three days, then four and five days, and eventually to ten days. Currently, Steel Days runs for eight days and includes over 30 events. This year, because the 4th of July falls on a Saturday, we have condensed the events into 6 days. Vehicles were also an important part of Steel Days history. In 1961, the Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) held a drawing for a Ford Falcon. However, it did not prove to be enough of a draw and there was a $1,500 deficit after the ticket sales were tallied. The next year, the car was a sporty Thunderbird and ticket sales increased dramatically. The evening program featured a singing group from Ogden, “The Osmond Brothers,” complete with Donny, who even then stole the show. In 1963, the city used a smaller approach, calling it “Community Day.” It included a pet and hobby show and a short evening program with fireworks. Despite its success, there was no celebration in 1964 or 1965. Civic clubs apparently did not want to take over managing the celebration. There were, however, abbreviated queen pageants held. In 1966, a new committee was formed, and it was again a larger celebration that was now held in July. They also
resumed using the Steel Days name. In the late 1960s, the American Fork Boat Harbor was developed and boat racing was added to the list of events. In 1968, the Big “City of Fun” Special Bargain Carnival made its Steel Days debut. The festivities remained mostly the same for the next several decades, with several of the events being part of the festivities every year and others being added or eliminated. In 2003, events marking the city’s 150th birthday were incorporated into the celebration, even though they were held earlier in the summer. In 2018, the American Fork Chamber of Commerce again became an integral part of the Steel Days celebration when it contracted with American Fork City to manage and operate Steel Days, a role that it has been proud to fulfill since. The events of 2020 brought incredible hardship and turmoil to many local businesses and residents. The Steel Days Committee spent many hours researching, pondering, and discussing whether or not it would be feasible to hold a celebration or if it would even be wise to do so. We decided that last year, more than ever, our community needed a chance to connect and celebrate and that it could be done safely. We were the first and one of the only cities in Utah to hold our city celebration amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited this year to return to our traditional Steel Days schedule and line-up of events. We have had an
incredible amount of support from the city, the residents, and the businesses. Whether this has been a family tradition for several years or you’ve never attended, you are invited to come and enjoy all of the fun that Steel Days has to offer and make some memories of your own.
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taught Human Physiology, Medical Terminology, and Drivers Education. During his 50 year teaching career, he was also an assistant basketball
coach, baseball coach, and football coach as well as head basketball coach, tennis coach, and HOSA advisor. He retired from teaching and coaching in 2020. Ada Peterson Eckles moved to American Fork when she was a high school freshman and attended American Fork High School where she was a cheerleader. She graduated in 1967, ® and Bob and Ada were married that same year. They bought their “starter” home in American Fork, where they still reside. Ada worked at a well-known yogurt EARN TREATS WITH THE CHICK-FIL-A ONE™ APP parlor on Main Street where she cooked their soups and meat pies for For more details, visit One.Chick-fil-A.com/Terms 20 years. She was also a special needs aide at American Fork High School, where her students loved her. She was the Employee of the Year for the Alpine School District in 2017. Bob and Ada had eight children. Seven of their®children graduated from AFHS, the only exception being their daughter, Bobbie Jo. In 1990, they discovered that four-year-old ... ® Bobbie Jo had a brain tumor, which ™ determined to be cancerwas later EARN TREATS.WITH THE CHICK-FIL-A ONE APP .. ous. ForWITH more THE details, visit One.Chick-fil-A.com/Terms EARN TREATS CHICK-FIL-A ONE™ APP When some of the other coaches around the state discovered Bobbie For more details, visit One.Chick-fil-A.com/Terms Jo would not survive her battle with cancer, they organized fundraisers to help with medical expenses. The town
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of American Fork showed their love for the Eckles family by recarpeting their home and filling it with new furniture. They were amazed and touched by the outpouring of kindness and compassion. Bobbie Jo died two years later, and once again the community rallied around the Eckles family. “That’s when I decided there wasn’t anywhere I would rather be,” said Bob. “There isn’t anyone who has had the neat things happen like what’s happened to me and my family here.” Bob and Ada are featured on the American Fork High School Wall of Fame. They both bleed red and have been, and will be, Cavemen forever. Bob was inducted into the High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2020, and he is also on the Utah State Wall of Fame. The Eckles have many fond memories of attending the Steel Days Parade as a family. “We are very humbled and grateful to be chosen as this year’s Grand Marshals,” said Ada. “We feel inadequate but are very excited to be part of Steel Days.” Bob and Ada say that their greatest accomplishments have been to watch their students grow and succeed in life. They love this community, and it is their permanent home. They’ve
seen it grow from a small town into a bustling city with citizens whom they love. All of Bob’s athletic teams wore “AFPT” on their uniforms, reminding them that they represent American Fork Past Traditions. Bob says part of what makes American Fork such a wonderful city to live in is the great leadership. He has personally known almost every mayor and city council member, and believes that the people who take the time to run for office and put in so many hours truly care about the city. When asked what they love most about American Fork, both Bob and
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JULY 5 - 8 • ART DYE PARK Join us for our third annual Steel Days Pickleball Tournament! This tournament filled up quickly last year so be sure to register early. Pickleball is a sport that has been rapidly growing in popularity. It is described as a mix of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton that is played on a small tennis court with a large paddle and a ball similar to a whiffle ball. The four-day Steel Days Pickleball Tournament will go from Monday, July 5 to Thursday, July 8 at the Pickleball courts at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.). REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m. REGISTRATION FEE: $30 per team PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Monday, July 5 6:00 a.m. - Men’s 3.0 9:30 a.m. - Women’s 3.0 6:00 p.m. - Mixed 3.5 Tuesday, July 6 6:00 a.m. - Men’s 3.5 9:30 a.m. - Women’s 3.5 6:00 p.m. - Mixed 4.0
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Division Level is determined by the level of the highest ranked player on the team. To determine your division, go to www.usapa.org. The tournament will be played in a round-robin format with each team playing 6 games. The winner will be determined by overall record, head to head record, and point differential. Onyx pickleballs will be used for tournament play. First, Second, and Third places will be awarded for each division. Please note that all registrations are final, and NO REFUNDS will be issued. To register for the Pickleball Tournament, go to steeldaysaf.com, click on “Events” and look for the Pickleball Tournament.
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Join us for the fourth annual Steel Days Scramble! It will be held on Monday, July 5 with a shotgun start at 8:00 am. at Fox Hollow Golf Club (1400 N. 200 E., American Fork). Check-in is from 7:00-8:00 am and the driving range will be open. Lunch will be provided by R&R BBQ. Fox Hollow is one of the premiere golf courses in Utah and we are lucky enough to have it right in our backyard. Enjoy an amazing day with a chance to win some great prizes. Please note that all registrations are final and NO REFUNDS will be issued.
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JULY 6 • AMERICAN FORK FITNESS CENTER The American Fork Fitness Center (454 N. Center St.) is offering three FREE classes as part of this year’s Steel Days celebration: Zumba, High Fitness, and Yoga! Zumba and High Fitness will be held in the north parking lot of the Fitness Center (454 N. Center St.), and Yoga will be held on the grassy area across from the Fitness Center parking lot.
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Bring your family to Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.) on Tuesday, July 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for our third annual Kids Splash Night! We will have a fire truck from the American Fork Fire & Rescue, wet bounce houses, a foam pit, a dunk tank, some sprinklers for kids to run through, and some water games to keep the kids cool during the hot, July afternoon.
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JULY 6 • ROTARY PARK
Horeseshoe Tournament SPONSORED BY:
The Horseshoe Tournament will be held on Tuesday, July 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Rotary Park, (400 S. 200 E.). The cost is $5 per participant, and the tournament is open to anyone ages 8 years and older. For questions regarding the tournament, call Roy at 801-367-9878. To register for the Horseshoe Tournament, go to steeldaysaf.com, click on “Events” and look for the Horseshoe Tournament.
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PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TIMPANOGOS ARTS FOUNDATION AND AMERICAN FORK VISUAL ARTS
JULY 7-13 • AF LIBRARY Come and see the amazing artistic talent in our community at this year’s Steel Days Art Show. The 2021 Art Show will be exhibited at the American Fork Library (64 S. 100 E.) from Wednesday, July 7 to Tuesday, July 13. All local artists are invited to showcase their artwork and the Art Show is FREE TO THE PUBLIC! ART SHOW SCHEDULE Now through July 4: Art Registration Online Tuesday, July 6: Art Drop-Off from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (AF Library) Wednesday, July 7: Art Show Open 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (AF Library) Thursday, July 8: Art Show Open 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (AF Library) Artist Reception & Awards Night 7:00 p.m. (Robinson Park, 100 E. Main St.) Friday, July 9: Art Show Open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (AF Library) Saturday, July 10: Art Show Open 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (AF Library) Monday, July 12: Art Show Open 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (AF Library) Tuesday, July 13: Art Show Open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (AF Library) Tuesday, July 13: Art Release 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (AF Library) AGE DIVISIONS Youth High School Junior High Intermediate (grades 4-6) Primary (grades 1-3) Kindergarten/Preschool Adult Experienced (professional artists with at least 5 years of experience) Novice (beginning artists) ENTRY FEES Adults: $10 per entry Youth: $5 per entry LIMIT TWO ENTRIES PER ARTIST! Also, please note that all entries are final, and no refunds will be issued. MEDIA CATEGORIES *NEW* Calligraphy & Lettering Painting Oil Acrylic Watercolor Photography Color Black/white 28 • AMERICAN FORK STEEL DAYS 2021 | www.steeldaysaf.com
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Mixed Media Two-dimensional work that includes two or more different mediums - chalk, paper, collage, paint, graphite, wire, fabric, etc. Drawing Color Black/White Digital Art Sculpture & Woodcarving Ceramics Art Drop-off will be on Tuesday, July 6 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the American Fork Library. ART ENTRY RULES All participating artists need to register before Sunday, July 4 at midnight Limit of two entries per artist All 2-D artwork in youth and adult divisions must be framed with a wire hanger on the back. Any entry that does not have a wire hanger will be disqualified to enter the show and the entry fee will be forfeited and donated to the city of American Fork A printed copy of the confirmation email must be shown at the art drop-off Artwork must not exceed 36 inches in any direction Entries must not exceed 15 pounds All art entries must be picked up at the AF Library on TUESDAY, JULY 13 Awards: Professional artists in the American Fork Visual Arts Program will select the art for awards. Entries in the Youth and Adult Divisions may be awarded first, second, and third place ribbons with small cash awards in each category. Honorable mention awards may also be given. Special awards are “Best of Show,” “Mayor’s Choice,” “Chamber of Commerce Choice,” “Friends of the Library Choice,” and “Timpanogos Arts Foundation’s Choice”. Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony: An artist reception and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Robinson Park (100 E. Main St.). Art Release: Art release will be Tuesday, July 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All artwork must be picked up before the AF Library closes. Any artwork not picked up on that date will be taken to the Art Center on 53 W. Main St., American Fork and be fined a $10 storage fee. Artwork left at the Art Center after 30 days will become the property of the Timpanogos Arts Foundation. For questions about the 2021 Steel Days Art Show, please email the Steel Days Committee at chamber@afcity. net or the American Fork Visual Arts Program at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for the Art Show, go to steeldaysaf.com, click on “Events” and look for the Art Show.
ENHANCING OUR CITY
THROUGH PARC FUNDS What are the PARC funds in American Fork? Since 2015, PARC funds have enabled American Fork City to further enhance the quality of life for our residents by funding parks, arts, recreation, and culture. To date American Fork City has been able to invest over $6.4 million in PARC funds back into the community. The PARC program is a voter approved sales tax initiative that will last until 2023 unless residents decide to renew the program. PARC FACTS:
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PARC program started in 2015 To date PARC tax has invested $6.4 million in parks, arts, recreation, and culture To date PARC tax has funded 115 projects 60% of all funds have gone towards parks and recreation, 40% have gone towards arts and culture
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JULY 7 • ART DYE PARK The fourth annual co-ed Kickball Tournament will be on Wednesday, July 7 starting at 6:00 p.m., and it will continue until there is a clear winner, even if that isn’t until midnight. Games will be played at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.). A mandatory coaches meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. at the scorekeepers tower. Each team can have up to 16 players (4 or more of the 8 players in the field must be women and you cannot have more men kick than women), and registration will be limited to 20 teams. The youngest players must be entering the 10th grade this coming school year, and there is a minimum 3-game guarantee for each team. Teams must provide their own uniforms. The schedule for the tournament will be posted on July 5 by 5:00 p.m. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 1 at 5:00 p.m. REGISTRATION FEE: $99 per team To register for the Kickball Tournament, go to steeldaysaf.com, click on “Events” and look for the Kickball Tournament.
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JULY 7-10 • ART DYE PARK
Carnival SPONSORED BY:
Bring the whole family to Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.) for squeals and thrills at the City of Fun Carnival’s array of rides, snacks, and activities! CARNIVAL HOURS Wednesday, July 7: 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8: 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 9: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Increase the family fun by purchasing SteelDeal tickets during the few weeks leading up to the Steel Days celebration. These tickets allow visitors to present one ticket for any ride at the carnival (even if the ride sign says four tickets). SteelDeal tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. ONLINE TICKET PURCHASES SteelDeal tickets may be purchased online (see Carnival page on the Steel Days website) from Sunday, June 20 until Wednesday, July 7 at 5:00 p.m. The tickets are available in increments of 25 and up to 100 tickets may be purchased per order. Online tickets can be picked up at the City Administration Building (51 E. Main St.) on the following business day during regular business hours.
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IN-PERSON TICKET PURCHASES You can purchase SteelDeal tickets at any of the businesses listed below from Monday, June 21 to Wednesday July 7 at 5:00 p.m. No checks or credit cards will be accepted at the retail locations - CASH ONLY. Altabank (33 E. Main St.) American Fork City Administration Building (51 E. Main St.) American Fork Library (64 S. 100 E.) Central Bank (175 E. Main St.) Fresh Market (135 E. Main St.) Mountain America Credit Union (893 N. West State Rd.) Taylor Drug (76 N. 1100 E.) Utah Community Credit Union (196 N. West State Rd.)
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PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH NEW FRIENDS QUILT CIRCLE
JULY 8 - 10 • SENIOR CENTER This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Steel Days Quilt Show! The theme for this year's show is "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." The Quilt Show is conducted by members of the New Friends Quilt Circle as a community service project. They put in countless hours to showcase some of the greatest quilting talents and masterpieces in our community. This free event showcases the works of local quilting artists, and the public votes on their favorite quilts. Several awards are given including the Utah Quilt Guild's Best of Show Award. To register, go to steeldaysaf.com, click on the “Events” tab, and look for the Quilt Show. Print the registration confirmation email and bring it (with the quilt) to the Senior Citizens Center (54 E. Main St.) on Tuesday, June 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hours of the Quilt Show exhibit are Thursday and Friday, July 8 and 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 10, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Quilts can be picked up at the close of the show at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 10. To register for the Quilt Show, go to steeldaysaf.com, click on “Events” and look for the Quilt Show.
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Tea with the Queen
JULY 8 • 5th EAST HALL The newly crowned Miss American Fork will host the ladies of the land for tea (punch) during the Tea with the Queen event on Thursday, July 8 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year the event will be held at 5th East Hall (455 E. 200 S.). Lunch will be served. Dressing up in your favorite princess attire is encouraged. There will be a variety of activities to enjoy and plenty of photo opportunities. A light lunch will be served, and every young lady will receive a crown.
ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY: Mandalyn Academy
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 7 REGISTRATION FEE: $10 per person To register for Tea with the Queen, go to steeldaysaf. com, click on “Events” and look for Tea with the Queen.
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JULY 8 • ART DYE PARK The Youth Dance will be held Thursday, July 8 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.). This dance will be a fun event for the youth to attend with a professional DJ, food trucks, refreshments, prize giveaways, and more! Since the dance is being held at Art Dye Park this year, the carnival will be nearby. The dance is open to all youth ages 14 to 18, and admission is FREE.
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Steel Days Sidewalk Steals This Weekend $ "Everybody wants to get into tinue through Saturday, July 16. The special sales events will be with something for the whole the act" at the American Fork Highlight of the celebration pro- found both at the sidewalk dis- family In mind and at a price to Steel Days Celebration and the motion will be sidewalk sales plays and on items located with- fit your budget. American Fork merchants are throughout the business district. in the stores, Mr. Malone pointed no different. As a result they Businesses will be open each Harry M alone, Retail Trades out. iU herald the three-da- y celeCommittee chairman for the day during the, regular business bration with Steel Day Steals-i- nd American Fork Chamber of ComNow is the time to get a head hours-fro- ra 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the customer will reap the merce, said businessmen will be start on shopping officials said as they invited back-to-sch-
Boosting American Fork
Hub of North Utah County
offering top quality merchandise in nearly all lines with prices cut The special sales will start 'so low no one can afford not to tomorrow (Thursday) and con- - buy."
you one of the most outstanding
Steel Day Steals will be
celebraSteel Days Celebrations you have ing during the three-da- y ever known. Activities have been tion, as local merchants offer planned to please all residents irresistable bargains for vaca-
and include art, flower and water tion needs and household needs. shows; a pet and hobby show es- This is also an excellent time
pecially for the youngsters; a to be looking ahead to replenishteen dance for the mod" set; ing wardrobes. horse racing, horseshoe tourneys Read the ads of participating and a ball game, complete with merchants in today's Citizen. back-to-scho- ol
for the sportsmen. The exciting celebration will climax with a cultural event, the community chorus concert, which will be held under the stars at the Utah State TrainingSchoolAm-phitheat- er on Saturday night. Other events you won't want to
Saturday will be the big day, with a rousing sunrise salute and flag ceremony planned by the Utah National Guard at the American Fork Armory. The Jaycee Chuck Wagon Breakfast at Robinson Park will be serving "all you can 'eat tor $1 for adults miss are the Chuck Wagon Break- and 50 cents for kids. Breakfast fast, which will be cooked and will be served from 6 to 10 a.m. served by the liveliest service so take the family down for a organization in American Fork, delicious meal to begin the day. the local Jaycee's. The first showing of the mamOne of the greatest crowd moth parade will begin at 9 a.m., pleasers of the entire event will with approximately 100 entries mamtwo be the showings of the expected in the outstanding Steel moth parade, which is under the Days parade. Allen Preston, pardirection of Allen Preston, ade chairman, has lined up an sky-dive- rs,
Bargain hunters from throughout the county will be on hand to swoop up the Steel Days Steals, which will be offered by local merchants and are illustrated in the advertising section of today's Citizen. The Pet and Hobby Show, under the direction of Mrs. Ora Chip-ma- n, will be the first event of the celebration. Smokey, the Fire Prevention Bear, will be on hand to greet the youngsters participating in the event, and Smokey will also have a Smokey Bear badge for each lucky youngster. Every youngster participating in the Pet and Hobby Show will receive two tickets to Monte Young's Rides and Shows, plus a treat. The American Fork Recreation Committee will be on hand to assist with the annual event. The committee also promises a surprise visitor, Batman of Salt- Lake City, who is. sure to please the younger set of the community. The Water Carnival will be presented Thursday and Friday evening at 8 p.m. Judy Eastman and Camllle Pace are directing the water show, which promises to be an outstanding attraction. The Art Show will also open Thursday at the American Fork City HalL An excellent display will be available for viewing until Saturday evening. A beautiful oil painting by Lillian Webster, a framed landscape, will also be awarded to some lucky art show viewer. The Flower Show under the direction of Garden Club president Ronald Stlne, and Mary Peterson will be held at the Utah Power and Light Company auditorium. The show will open Friday and continue to Saturday. Beautiful entries in various divisions are to be judged and displayed for your viewing pleasure. Horse Shoe TourThe nament will be played at 6 p.m. Thursday at Robinson Park. All residents of American Fork, Alpine and Highland are eligible for competition. Divisions will Include 13 and under; 15 to 18 inclusive; 19 and over. Trophies will be awarded and a city champion named. Friday events will include a repeat of the Water Show, the big teen dance, which will be held at the Apollo Dance Hall, and the Utah County Horse Shoe tourney. The Teen Dance will begin at 9 p.m., with live music by 'The Cheques," an outstanding American Fork combo. Members of the musical group are Kay Abel, drums, and guitarists Brett Hall, Randy Hujgard, Rex Hicks and Melford Chesnut. Bob Mecham and Bob Steffen have been working on this event. All teens are
floats, bands and marching units from throughout the state. The award winning American Fork High School Band will lead the Steel Days Parade lineup. More
Following the evening parade, the Utah State Horse Shoe Open Tournament will "be played at Park at 7 p.m. The Utah State Champion will be named and trophies will be to winners. Robinson
events Climax of the three-da- y will be the community chorus concert, which will be presented at 8:15 p.m. at the Utah State Training School amphitheater. A new two-ac- re parking area at the school will facilitate parking for concert-goer- s. Special guest artists will include Miss Lot Anne Bailey, Utah. Symphony .violinist and former Miss Utah, and pianist Arthur Baines. Members of the American Fork High School Band are now soliciting $1 contributions for concertticketsasa fund raising project for the band organization. The Monte Young Rides and Shows wil be located down south
First East for the
Willard R. Devitt has served as general chairman of the event, assisted by members of the Steel Days Committee, civic clubs and service organizations.
PREPARE FOR CHUCKWAGON BREAKFAST --Getting ready for the Chuckwagoa Breakfast on Saturday are 1., to r., Jaycees Ralph Lee, Dave Allen, Que Draper, Roy Dahl and Jaycee president, Allen Preston. Dave Jacob, chairman, is at front.
Jaycees Plan Chuckvagon Breakfast Next Saturday
Grant For 28 Bed Addition 28-b- ed
Pancakes, eggs and all the Park. trimmings are on the menu tor tween
' lilt"! ported the Senator.
The Utah State Training School at American Fork will receive a $100,000 grant for a addition to the school, Sen. Wallace announced recently. F. Bennett, Issued by the Public Health Service, the grant will finance of the project, which will cost $270,000. The about one-thi-
the American Fork City Hall throughout Thursday; Friday and Saturday. Lucky number sales on the painting will be on sale all three days. Cost of the tickets are 50 cents each. The drawing for the picture will be held following the evening parade on Saturday at the City Hall at approximately 6:30 p.m. Holder of the winning ticket drawn need not be present at the time of the drawing but will be notified immediately following if not present. It is reminded that when purchasing a ticket, be sure to write in your name, address and phone number if any, in order that you may be informed if not present. The Art Exhibit will be open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the City Hall, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
sorea inucKwagon oreauasi on Saturday, July 16, at Robinson
Present Concert As Climax to Steel Days Events Civic Chorus to
The 100 voice Community Chorus, directed by JackE. Lar-se- n, will appear in concert at the Utah State Training School amphitheater Saturday, July 16, at 8:15 p.m. In case of rain the concert will be held in the Stake Tabernacle. Accompanists will be Ann Larsen and Mary Bailey. Cars are to enter from the South gate, with Jaycees to be
parking. Ticket sales are under the direction of the American Fork High School Band, with a limit of 1,500 tickets to be sold. A new parking lot directly behind the amphitheater is expected to be completed by Saturday. The "Sounds of Music'" concert will feature two guest artists, Loi Anne Bailey, of Salt Lata
City, and Arthur Barnes, Provo.
THE CONCERT The concert program will be as follows:
Chorus will sing: "The Heavens Are Telling," by Beethoven; "In the Still of the Night," by Cole Porter and "You'll Never Walk Alone," by Rodgers and
Chowtime Is anytime be6 and 10 a.m. .,The chuQkwagon fare ,1s ottered by the Jaycees as part of the American Fork Steel Days Celebration. Chairmen pointed out that early risers on their way to work will have time to stop In for the for the late appetizing fare-a- nd comer, breakfast will conclude just in. time to view the first of the two mammoth Steel Day parades. Completing arrangements for the chuckwagon breakfast are Allen Preston, Jaycee president; Ralph Lee, David Mark Allen, Que Draper, Roy Dahl and Dave Jacob. Remember-st- art the day off right-m- eet your friends at the Jaycee Chuckwagon breakfast
Section n will consist of Loi Anne Bailey and group. M u s e 1 1 e s- -a Section m-t- he group of 18 young girls directed by Jack Larsen, who participated with the Gorin concert here and at the Salt Lake Tabernacle will sing: ferent maneuvers during the free fall and after their parachutes Give Thanks," by Newton and Williams and "I Passed by Your open. It will be remembered that Window," by May H. Brahe. two men from this unit jumped Section IV will be presentedby in American Fork and due to Arthur Barnes. the strong wind currents above the Section Community and parachutes not as good as Chorus will sing: "They Call the now used, they were unable to Wind Moriah," by Lerner and make their landing in the local "When Children Pray," ball park. The men making jumps Loewe; Beatrice Fenner and "Sound on Saturday, assure the crowd by of Music," by Rodgers and Ham- that they will be able to make their landing in the ball park merstein. and maybe even right on second Lighting and sound will be under the direction of Lou Chambase. The public is invited to be on berlain and Celia Gertsen will hand to watch this performance. provide special decorations for the event. See photos on inside page.
Parachute Jump to Hilight Steel Days Next Saturday
show. A beautiful painting donated by
a $50 purse and $5 added for each additional entrant. Admission price will be $1 for adults, 50 cents for children 12 to 18, and children under 12 will be admitted free.
divers to land In the park be tween .1145 a.m. and 12 noon.! Horse racing will get underway at 2 p.m. at the American Fork Riding Club track, north of town. i
American Fork's Steel Days t Exhibit is moving right along, ccording to Mrs. RuthEskelson,
with a promise for a wonderful
Mrs. Lillian Webster will be Prizes will be awarded in each raffled off at the end of the celrace. Price money will include ebration. It will be on display at
than 50 major floats will be arrayed for your approval, with many prize winning floats of other areas to be in American Fork for the two parades. The colorful Bagpipe Band will also be an interesting feature of the parade. Mr. Preston has also secured the Utah State Jaycee float which recently won first place in national competition at Detroit, Michigan. The American Fork Steel Days parade will be the first Utah showing of the $20,-00- 0 float. Mel Frandsen will be "Uncle Sam" and Doug Nash and East on Brown wilt act as Parade The parade will assemble at the Latona Dance Hall, proceed down Main Street and East State Road to Allen's Market, where the parade will disband. The parade route win be reversed for the evening parade at 5 p.m. Prices will be awarded for Sweepstakes, Best Commercial, Best Out of Town and Most Beautiful floats in the parade. A marching unit award will also be presented. The ball game will be played by the American Fork Central Utah League team and the Utah Power and Light Co. team and will get underway at the city ball Mar-shal-
Day Art Exhibit
Snorts, to Highlight Steel Days Activities You won't want to miss a invited to attend and admission minute of the gala three-da- y price for this swingin' event Steel Days Celebration which will be 50 cents per person. The Utah County Horse Shoe gets underway tomorrow (ThursTourney will be held at Robinday). After a lull of several years, son Park at 7 p.m., with a Utah a dynamic Steel Days Commit- County champion to be' named tee has been hard at work to bring and trophies awarded to winners.
shoppers to drop in and look over the bargains offered while in the area to participate in other downtown Steel Days attractions.
'lans Complete For
Two Parades, Concessions, Horse Races, tun-fill- ed
needs or to pick up items for the late summer vacation, mern chants said. brands of merchandise will be offered
top honors at the Miss American Fork Pageant were Hales, first attendant; Denlse Argyle, Miss American Fork; and Shonnie Beck, second attendant. Patsy Edwards was named Miss Congeniality.
MISS AMERICAN FORK
Chosen to Reign Over Steel Days Activities Ibis Weer Miss Denise Argyle Named Queen;
Karen Hales, Shonnie Beck Attendants Lovely Denise Argyle Friday night was named as the 1966 Miss American Fork and will preside over the Steel Day activities Thursday through Saturday. Reigning with her will be attendants Karen Hales and Shonnie Beck. The vivacious blond queen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. LaMar Argyle. She presented a variety act from "My Fair Lady" as her talent selection at the pageant. Karen, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Delbert R. Hales, played a piano sob, "Valse Op. 69 No. 1," by Chopin for her talent number, and Shonnie presented a narration on fashion designing. She Is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Kenneth Beck. The new queen was crowned by lovely Carolyn Kirkman, Miss American Fork of 1965, as William E. Peterson sang "Will She Be Miss America?" in the background. She then dawned the royal crimson robe and walked along the ramp to officially begin her reign. Each of the royal trio received a sheaf of roses. Queen Denise also was presented with a mink boa donated by Mr. and Mrs. John owner of the Black Willow Mink Ranch at Coalville, Utah. The Adkins' were special guests at the queen pageant. Other special guests included the current Miss Utah. Pert Patsy Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Edwards, spot-light-
Three free-fa- ll parachutists will perform on Saturday, July 16, between the hours of 11:15 a.m. and 12 noon. The three men be Sgt. Russell performing-wil- l Capps, who has 150 jumps to his credit; Sgt. Richard Morris, who has 300 jumps to his credit and Sgt. Kent Davis, who also has 150 jumps to his credit. All are members of the 19th Special Forces at Camp Williams and all are members of the Sky Haven Parachute Club at Woods Cross, Utah. In their performance the three men will jump with 30 second delays, from an altitude of feet and will perform dif 13,-0-
received the title of Miss Con-- ! geniality and was presented with a large trophy.
office along with the new
president are Perry D.Gootlliffe, vice president"fton C. Overly, secretary-treasure-
monies at the Jaycette sponsored Miss American Fork Pageant. The Americanettes, precision marching group, presented the opening number of the pageants.
Glen T. Anderson has been installed as the president of the American Fork Rotary Club.
The royalty was selected from a field of eleven lovely and talented contestants who sought the title. The remaining girls will ride on parade floats at the Steel Days celebration. Miss Dorothy Anderson and David Van Wagoner served as
In addition to reigning over the Steel Days activities, the new royalty will represent the city in various other functions throughout the coming year. De- nice will alcn ronrocont imcri- can Fork at the Miss Utah con-
PARTICIPANTS SET FOR WATER SHOW -- Girls who will be participating in the Steel Days Water Show are 1., to r., Mary Allen, Kathy Jones, Jeannine Spencer, Lori Jane Peterson, Kathy Thomas, Susan Christensen,' Jean and Jone McTague, Denise Allridge, Carolyn Priday and Turana Durrant. The show will be held Thursday and Friday nights at the local swimming pool at 8 p.m.
Lamoreaux and L eland Priday, one year directors. The retiring president, Wilbur Harding becomes a director. Darrell Gilt is sargeant-at-arm- s. Mr. Anderson is a former mayor of American Fork. Henry Heisch, Provo, a past president of the Provo Rotary Club and a Rotarian of 25 years standing, conducted the installation of the new officers at a dinner meeting held at the Alpine Country Club. The wives of the local club members were in at-- 1 tendance. V
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JULY 9 & 10 • 8 LOCATIONS During the tenth annual Steel Days Garden Tour on Friday, July 9 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., residents will have the opportunity to walk through the yards of several devoted Master Gardeners. These residents spend significant time and effort to create beautiful landscapes in our community, and spectators are encouraged to glean ideas for their own planting and gardening efforts. There will be inspiration for every gardener from the novice to the expert, and we hope you enjoy this Steel Days tradition. 2021 GARDEN TOUR SCHEDULE 1. Dan and Illima Todd - 1150 E. 700 N. ( park in the American Heritage Parking and walk across the street) 2. Mark and Jaleeh Tuttle - 808 E. 300 N. 3. Justin and Susan Evans - 847 N. 290 E. 4. Mike and Stacey Cameron - 878 E. Fleming Dr. 5. Jared and Jen Dahl - 37 N. 775 E.
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6. Carey and Ellen Christenson - 44 W. 200 N. 7. Brent and Marsha Skidmore - 164 W. 510 S. 8. Lee and Jer Rawlings - 223 W. 400 S.
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JULY 9 & 10 • ART DYE PARK Come and check out the wide variety of craft, service, and retail vendors at the Steel Days Food and Vendor Expo at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.). The Expo runs from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, July 9 and from 1:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 10. We encourage you to support these local businesses. There will also be several food trucks and food vendors offering all types of delicious food and drinks. Some of the types of food available for purchase are American, Asian, desserts and sweet treats, Hawaiian/Polynesian, Italian, shaved ice, snacks, and South American/Mexican. To quench your thirst during the hot, July afternoon there will also be several specialty drink vendors selling ice-cold soda and lemonade. A large dining tent will be set up with tables and chairs for covered eating and for those looking for relief from the sun.
FOOD AND DRINK VENDORS Ari’s BBQ Chicken Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Chug-a-Lug Soda Churrology Dippin Dots Ice Cream Dippys Corndogs El Sarten Fatty Tuna Feelin’ Peachy Front Perch Chicken Hawaiian Ice Iceberg Shakes The Italian Place Kona Ice Lelani’s Eatery and Snowcones Slice-A-Pizza The Smoked Taco South of the Border Tacos Texas Twister Drink Thirs-T Specialty Drinks and Cookie Dough TokyWa Utah Pizza Company Wallaby’s
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American Fork’s Got Talent
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JULY 9 • ART DYE PARK
We are excited to announce our newest Steel Days event - American Fork’s Got Talent! It will be held on Friday, July 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.). Here’s your chance to showcase the whole family’s talents! This is not a competition - just a fun talent showcase! We’ll take singing, dancing, magic tricks, clean comedy, skits, playing musical instruments, juggling, pet tricks, you name it. Come show us what you’ve got and share it with the community! But you must act quickly! Polish off your tap shoes and send us a video before June 27th. Limited time slots are available. Chosen entries will be selected based on creativity, originality, and classy enthusiasm! Oh, and yeah, some real talent helps too! Come join the fun! REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sunday, June 27 To register for American Fork’s Got Talent, go to steeldaysaf.com, click on “Events” and look for American Fork’s Got Talent.
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JULY 9 • ART DYE PARK The annual Steel Days Movie in the Park will be on Friday, July 9 at dusk at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.). This year’s movie will be The Boss Baby, which is rated PG and lasts one hour and 37 minutes. This event is FREE!
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AF Marching Band Breakfast
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JULY 9 • FRESH MARKET PARKING LOT Come and enjoy a great meal before attending the Steel Days Grand Parade! The American Fork High School Marching Band is again hosting the annual Steel Days pre-parade breakfast on Saturday, July 10 in the Fresh Market parking lot (135 E. Main St.) from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast includes pancakes, hash browns, eggs, ham, and a drink. Band members will be selling tickets in advance, with 100 percent of the profit going to support that student. Tickets will also be available on the morning of the breakfast. TICKET PRICES Adult (12 and over) $5 Child (3-11) $2.50 Toddler (0-2) FREE
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Historic Harrington School Renovation Exciting Construction will begin in 2022
Local nonprofit organization Harrington Center for the Arts (HCA) is receiving statewide attention with their plans to restore the historic Harrington School, built in 1903 into a public gathering space for the arts! At just over four years old, the organization has grown to produce six critically acclaimed programs: Fork Fest: Music & Arts Festival, Chalk It Up, American Fork Concerts in the Park, American Fork Sculpture Exhibit, “The Walls” outdoor mural exhibit, and Exploration of New Musicals. Fork Fest is Utah's biggest and best showcase of talent in the state that supports over 200 artists and small businesses each year and was selected to be a THRIVE125 celebration of Utah’s Statehood event. Chalk It Up, happening July 8-10, is now the largest chalk art festival in the State with 100 artists competing each year and in 2020 had over 6k attendeees! HCA is growing quickly, and is excited for that growth to continue within the historic walls of the treasured Harrington School. It is residents like you who believe in the value that art brings to our community who are making this monumental project possible. Thank you!
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JULY 8-10 FREE AF HIGH SCHOOL Chalk It Up is a three-day chalk art festival in which local amateur and professional chalk artists spend hours transforming the streets into a captivating, one-of-a-kind experience. During Chalk It Up, attendees are encouraged to attend free classes taught by professional artists, test out their skills in our budding artists section, and interact with the artists that create these larger-than-life chalk installations.
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Saturday, July 10th 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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JULY 10 • AF FIRE STATION The Steel Days Run is a 10K, 5K, and Kids Race around the beautiful city of American Fork. The run will be on Saturday, July 10 and will begin and end at the American Fork Fire Station (96 N. Center St.). START TIMES 10K: 7:00 a.m. 5K: 7:15 a.m. Kids Race (1/2 mile): 8:15 a.m. The Steel Days Run is put on by Runtastic Events. This is a premium organized event that is a family and runner tradition. Registration includes Premium Tech Shirt, finisher medal, free photos, chip timing, drawstring bag, food, and sponsor swag. Overall and Age Group winners will receive a medal and certificate. If you are interested in being a vendor at the race or during Packet Pick-up, please e-mail us at email@example.com. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the race, please go to runtasticevents.com. To register for the race, go to steeldaysrun.com.
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JULY 10 • ART DYE PARK Join us for our third annual Steel Days Spikeball Tournament! The tournament will be on Saturday, July 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.). Spikeball is a 2 on 2 game that is a mix of volleyball and foursquare, and its popularity with people of all ages is growing rapidly! DIVISIONS: Premier Competitor Advanced Intermediate Beginners Women’s REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Thursday, July 8 at midnight REGISTRATION FEE: $50/team ($10 early registration discount before June 25) $60 after June 25
To register for the Spikeball Tournament, go to steeldaysaf.com, click on “Events” and look for the Spikeball Tournament.
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The Steel Days Grand Parade will be on Saturday, July 10 at 9:30 a.m. The route will be the same as it has been in previous years, starting at 300 W. Main St. and heading east on Main Street to 100 E. The parade will then turn left and head north to 400 N. As American Fork continues to grow, we have seen an increase in the number of people trying to reserve spots along the parade route. The committee respectfully requests that reservation of spots not take place until Friday, July 9 after 5:00 p.m. and that spectators be respectful of businesses, churches, residents, and others who own property along the parade route. It is our goal to make the parade as entertaining and enjoyable as possible. In order to do so, we need to make safety our highest priority. Please stay out of the road since many floats and parade vehicles have limited lines of sight. Everyone loves seeing excited children collecting candy and prizes and we want to continue this tradition. Please help us to do this by not allowing children to run into the road to collect candy. Parade participants have been instructed to distribute candy near the sides of the road. As the parade concludes, please take pride in our community and keep it clean by collecting trash that is around you or that you see and depositing it into the trash receptacles that will be placed along the parade route. Please remember Steel Days and the Grand Parade are meant to bring the community together and celebrate our great city. Let’s have fun and be respectful to everyone around us including spectators, parade entries, and volunteers. If you are a business or organization that would like to be in this year’s parade, please go to steeldaysaf.com, click on “Events” and look for the Grand Parade.
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JULY 10 • ROTARY PARK Start your engines and come check out some hot rods and sweet rides at the 2021 Steel Days Car Show. Admission to view the cars at the Car Show is FREE. This event will be held on Saturday, July 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rotary Park (400 S. 200 E.). If you are interested in showing a car in the car show, please arrive at Rotary Park on the morning of the 10th where you will be able to register for the event. The fee to display a car for the car show is $20 per vehicle.
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JULY 10 • ROTARY PARK Steel Days is excited to announce the third annual Smoke & Steel Cookoff! This year the cookoff will be part of the Steak Championship Series and will be held on Saturday, July 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Rotary Park (400 S. 200 E.) with the Car Show. Each team will be assigned a 10x15 foot space. We invite all levels to participate and experience a fun day. COOKOFF SCHEDULE 10:00 a.m.: Cooks Meeting (Steak Selection A) 11:00 a.m.: Judges Meeting (Steak Selection B) 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Dessert Turn-in 1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.: Pork Turn-in 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Steak A Turn-in 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Steak B Turn-in 5:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony ENTRY FEES Steak A: $150 Steak A & B: $300 Dessert: $25 Pork: $25
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PAYOUTS STEAK First Place: $1000 Second Place: $400 Third Place: $250 Fourth Place: $150 Fifth Place: $75 Sixth - Tenth Place: $25 PORK RIBS First Place: $125 Second Place: $75 Third Place: $50 Fourth & Fifth Place: $25 DESSERT First Place: $125 Second Place: $75 Third Place: $50 Fourth & Fifth Place: $25 To register for the cookoff, go to steakcookoffs.com.
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Fair & Live Entertainment JULY 10 • ART DYE PARK One of the most popular and fastest growing events at Steel Days is the Steel Days Fair. It will be held on Saturday, July 10 prior to The Big Show at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.) and will begin at 1:00 p.m. This event is very popular, so come and reserve your favorite spot for the Big Show event by setting out your lawn chairs and blankets. Then you can enjoy the various activities (including the CARNIVAL) and purchase some amazing food from the great line-up of food vendors. There will be musical entertainment on stage all afternoon, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Like last year, we will have numerous food trucks that will be on site and there will be a Vendor Expo from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a variety of vendors offering items for sale. This event features many FREE activities for children including several bounce houses/slides, a petting zoo,
a reptile exhibit, and much more. All of the activities at the Fair are always free to the public. There will be several food trucks and food vendors offering all types of delicious food and drinks. Some of the types of food available for purchase at the Fair are American, Asian, desserts and sweet treats, Hawaiian/Polynesian, Italian, shaved ice, snacks, and South American/Mexican. To quench your thirst during the hot, July afternoon there will also be several specialty drink vendors selling ice-cold soda and lemonade. A large dining tent will be set up with tables and chairs for covered eating and for those looking for relief from the sun. The American Fork Police and Fire/ Rescue Departments will also be in attendance and will have some fun activities and demonstrations for the kids to better learn about safety issues in a fun way and for the community
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The annual Steel Days fireworks display has become a highly anticipated part of American Fork’s city celebration. Over the years this show has become known as one of the best fireworks displays in Utah County, and residents are not going to want to miss the 2021 show. The fireworks will be launched from north of the new baseball fields at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.) and will begin at dark (approximately 10:00 p.m.). While the fireworks are visible from all over the city, audience members attending the Big Show will have the best seats for watching them.
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History of American Fork Adapted from Betty G. Spencer, Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 American Fork, in northern Utah County, is located fifteen miles northwest of Provo and thirty miles southwest of Salt Lake City. It is bordered by Utah Lake on the south and by the Wasatch Mountains to the east. Adjacent to it to the north lie the communities of Highland, Alpine and Cedar Hills, the nearby city of Pleasant Grove on the east, and Lehi on the west. In the early days of the nineteenth century, the Rocky Mountain region was a treasure-house for valuable furs, particularly beaver, which were found in large numbers along the mountain streams. Utah Valley was visited by some of the fur trappers and hunters, and Utah Lake and the streams running into it became known to them. The streams running into the lake were known as forks, the principal ones being Timpanogos (Provo), Spanish Fork, and American Fork. While it is difficult to determine exactly how the American Fork got its name, it is likely that it came from the activities of American trappers
along its banks. The first settlers on the American Fork Creek took the name of the stream for the settlement. American Fork was settled by Mormon pioneers in the summer of 1850. Stephen Chipman and his son William Henry, along with Arza Adams and his son Nathan, were en route to Fort Provo to trade when they camped overnight near American Fork Creek. Cottonwood trees along the creek and lush meadows on the lowlands toward Utah Lake convinced them that this would be an excellent place for their cattle and sheep, and after looking around for a while, Nathan Adams said, “I think I would like to live here.” Chipman, Adams, and Ira and John Eldredge went to Brigham Young and received permission to “go take up land you want.” Heber C. Kimball was present at the meeting and asked them to survey a tract for him adjoining theirs. The first survey was completed by Ira Eldredge under the direction of a Mr. Fox, who was head surveyor in the territory. This was known as the “Big Survey.” During the late months of 1850 and
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the spring of 1851, other settlers were attracted to American Fork, including Leonard E. Harrington, who came as Kimball’s agent. He served for twenty-nine years as American Fork`s mayor, bishop, and postmaster. Matthew Caldwell, a member of the Mormon Battalion, arrived in American Fork in the fall of 1850, having crossed the plains with a company of emigrants. He, his wife, and three children brought with them a herd of cattle. Brigham Young had directed Caldwell and his herders to proceed to American Fork with the livestock. Caldwell is believed to have built the first house in American Fork, cutting the logs near Fort Provo. Other log houses were quickly erected against the coming winter. At a conference held at American Fork on 18 September 1852, it was decided to lay out a city on American Fork Creek to be called Lake City. It was incorporated by legislative act on 4 June 1853. The community was known as Lake City until 1860 when the city charter was amended and the name was changed back to American Fork in keeping with the wishes of the people and to avoid a confusion of mail with Salt Lake City. American Fork was also known for a time as McArthursville, taking the name in all probability from Duncan McArthur, who owned a farm between American Fork and Pleasant Grove, and after whom the McArthur irrigation ditch was named. The first settlers of American Fork located at various points along the creek, and when the townsite was surveyed only a few people moved to the town lots. However, in 1853 General Daniel H. Wells of the Nauvoo Legion gave orders that forts should be built for the protection of the settlers as there had been some trouble with the Native Americans. On 23 July of that year, a meeting was held in the schoolhouse. Parley P. Pratt and Lorenzo Snow were present and urged the townspeople to move together, who then unanimously agreed to take immediate steps for the building of a fort. Most of the log cabins built on the nearby farms were moved within the confines of the proposed fort, which was eighty rods long and seventy-four rods wide, containing approximately thirty-seven acres. Some parts of the wall were built to a height of eight feet, but no part attained the planned height 68 • AMERICAN FORK STEEL DAYS 2021 | www.
of twelve feet. As the local natives became less aggressive and more peaceable, the necessity for the wall decreased and the work was never pushed to full completion. The original purpose of settlement was to establish cattle and sheep ranches in the lush meadow lands. As additional newcomers arrived, crops were planted and an agrarian lifestyle was begun. During the three years that the majority of the settlers lived within the walls of the fort, they raised their crops and tended their herds on individual farm or range plots, returning to the safety of the fort each evening. To facilitate the raising of crops, it was necessary to irrigate the various parcels of ground. The abundant supply of pure drinking and culinary water was a rich asset. The first irrigation ditch in American Fork was made by the Mott brothers—Stephen, Israel, Hyrum, and Squire—in 1851. Lehi (then called Dry Creek), organized at about the same time as American Fork, took up to one-third of the waters of American Fork Creek by authorization of the legislative assembly of the territory of Utah. One of the first local commercial enterprises was the Arza Adams gristmill; the general mercantile business of Marx and McKenzie came in 1852. Richard Steele opened a small glass and crockery store; this was followed by Alexander Miller, Arza Adams, John Hindley, and William Helley with their own establishments. Grant’s Emporium, as well as Bates’s and Boley’s also offered goods. Major business houses included the American Fork Co-Operative Association, which was sold by shareholders in 1930, and Chipman Mercantile, which closed in 1979 after celebrating its centennial seven
years earlier. The construction of Columbia Steel Company (later United States Steel and still later Geneva Steel) in Utah County in 1942–43 and the influx of many easterners assigned to key positions at the plant brought a local residential building boom, the greatest to that time in the community. The population of the community increased to 4,500, necessitating a vigorous public-works program to provide increased utility services. The importance of this industry on the local economy is what inspired the residents to choose the name “Steel Days” for their annual city celebration. American Fork’s story began with four men on horseback traveling across the meadow, seeing the beauty and possibility, and setting in motion the progress and growth we enjoy today.
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2021 Steel Days Committee Kristina Wesemann Co-chair Josh Walker Co-chair
David Bell Runtastic Steel Days Run 5K/10K/Kids Race
Steve Johnson BBQ Pit Stop Smoke & Steel BBQ Cookoff Jacob Ovard Timpanogos Arts Foundation AF Symphony Concert
Heidi Boden American Fork Visual Arts Art Show
David Bunker City Liason Staci Carroll City Council Representative Josh Christensen AFPD/Logistics 2021 STEEL DAYS EVENT CHAIRS American Fork High School Student Council Youth Dance
Blaine Thompson Rockin’ Hot Rod Productions Car Show
Roy Buhler Northern Utah Pitching Association Horseshoe Tournament
Derric Rykert American Fork Fitness & Recreation Discount Swim Day Free Zumba, HIgh Fitness, and Yoga Pickleball Tournament Kickball Tournament Spikeball Tournament
David Bunker & Josh Christensen American Fork City Grand Parade Robin Hart New Friends Quilt Circle Quilt Show
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Rosemarie Taylor American Fork Beautification Committee Garden Tour Reggie Walker Timpanogos Arts Foundation American Fork’s Got Talent Kristina Wesemann & Josh Walker American Fork Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament Kids Splash Night Food & Vendor Expo Movie in the Park Big Show Fireworks
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Message from the Co-Chairs As the 2021 Steel Days Committee Co-chairs, we would like to express our appreciation to the many volunteers who have put in countless hours to make the events included in the Steel Days celebration possible, the city of American Fork for their unfailing support, and the sponsors for their commitment to the community and financial contribution even after a year of unprecedented hardship. Our city celebration could not be successful without the time, effort, and resources sacrificed by all of them to serve the community and provide a chance for all of us to connect and celebrate. We ask all of the residents and visitors to please be sure to thank those who have worked so hard to put on another fun-filled celebration for the city this year. Their service enables us to honor and enjoy the traditions of all the volunteers who have made contributions throughout the history of Steel Days, and we are excited to be able to celebrate the 76th anniversary of this beloved American Fork
tradition. We invite everyone to come and participate, have fun, and make memories at all of the many events during the Steel Days celebration.
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