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Table of Contents 2019 Steel Days Event Schedule...................... 8 Mayor’s Message..................................................10 AF Chamber Community Events....................11 History of Steel Days...........................................12 Grand Marshal - Carl D. Hansen......................16 Garden Tours........................................................................18 Horseshoe Tournament....................................................20 Kickball Tournament.........................................................21 Miss American Fork 2018 - Taylor Colby.....................22 Miss American Fork Pageant 2019...............................23 Spikeball Tournament.......................................................24 Smoke & Steel Backyard BBQ Competition...............26 Steel Days Car Show Memories.....................................28 Car Show & Car Cruise......................................................29 Steel Days Scramble Golf Tournament.......................30 AF Symphony & Timpanogos Chorale Concert.......31 Discount Swim, Free Yoga & Zumba............................32 Kids Splash Night................................................................33 Baby Contest........................................................................34 Pickleball Tournament......................................................35 Art Show & Awards............................................................38 Quilt Show............................................................................39 History of the City of Fun Carnival...............................40

Carnival Tickets Now Available......................................41 Tea with the Queen...........................................................42 Youth Dance.........................................................................43 Steel Days Sing-Off............................................................44 Movie in the Park................................................................45 AFHS Marching Band Breakfast.....................................46 Steel Days Run.....................................................................47 Grand Parade.......................................................................48 Steel Days 1969 - 50 Years Ago......................................50 Paper Rockets in the Park................................................51 Steel Days Fair......................................................................52 Business Expo......................................................................54 Live Entertainment............................................................55 Pre-Show Entertainment.................................................56 The Big Show.......................................................................60 Fireworks...............................................................................62 American Fork City Fun Facts.........................................63 Message from the 2019 Co-Chairs...............................64 2019 Steel Days Event Chairs.........................................65 Thank You to our Sponsors.............................................66 Services and Specials........................................................68 Summer Concert Series....................................................70

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GARDEN TOUR - 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at various locations (see schedule on Garden Tour page) HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT - 5:30 p.m. at Rotary Park KICKBALL TOURNAMENT - 6:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park MISS AMERICAN FORK PAGEANT - 7:00 p.m. at American Fork Junior High School


SPIKEBALL TOURNAMENT - 9:00 a.m. at Art Dye Park GARDEN TOUR - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at various locations (see schedule on Garden Tour page) BBQ COOK OFF - 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Rotary Park ​CAR SHOW - 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Rotary Park CAR CRUISE - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Main Street




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 Pony Baseball Field (across the parking lot from the Fitness Center) FREE ZUMBA - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Fitness Center parking lot FREE YOGA - 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Pony Baseball Field (across the parking lot from the Fitness Center)


BABY CONTEST - (times vary by age) at Rotary Park PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT - 5:00 p.m. at Art Dye



​ART SHOW - 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 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 Northampton House ART SHOW AWARDS - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Robinson Park ​PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT - 5:00 p.m. at Art Dye YOUTH DANCE - 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Art Dye Park


ART SHOW - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 BUSINESS EXPO - 1:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park STEEL DAYS SING-OFF - 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


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 GRAND PARADE - 9:30 a.m. on Main St. and 100 E. PAPER ROCKETS IN THE PARK - 11:00 a.m. at Robinson Park ART SHOW - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the American Fork Library QUILT SHOW - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Senior Center CARNIVAL - 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Art Dye Park STEEL DAYS FAIR, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & BUSINESS EXPO - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park (live music & expo start at 1:00 p.m.) BIG SHOW AND FIREWORKS - 7:30 p.m. at Art Dye Park

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Mayor’s Message Whether you’re a longtime American Fork resident, newcomer or visitor to the city - welcome. We appreciate you being here and hope you will join us in our annual celebration and feel a part of our community. You will find something for old and young alike during our Steel Days festivities. They last longer than a week and include a quilt show, a car show, an art show, a carnival, a parade, a wonderful fireworks display, a garden tour, reduced-rate swimming at our fitness center, a baby contest, a youth dance, a fair & business expo along with a family friendly concert and more. In addition to these activities, please take time to visit our boat harbor on the shores of Utah Lake, which includes a newly expanded

sandy beach, and American Fork Canyon with its incredible vistas. There are many things that appeal to the interests of all people. You won’t want to miss our entertaining concert in the park featuring the American Fork Symphony at our beautiful Quail Cove Amphitheater. You are welcome to come and enjoy the many summer events in American Fork City or step back in time and take a walking tour of historic sites in our downtown area such as the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum. Spend some time and help us celebrate the things that make our community great. We have a rich heritage, and I am sure you will enjoy the residents and local businesses and their friendly hospitality. American Fork Mayor Brad Frost

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AF Chamber Community Events The American Fork Chamber of Commerce contracted with American Fork City in 2018 to manage and operate the city’s Steel Days celebration. Thanks to all the support from volunteers and businesses, it was one of the most successful city celebrations in recent history. The chamber and city renewed the contract for 2019, and we are excited to be involved again. The Chamber of Commerce has two additional fun community events in American Fork coming up in October and December. The first event is our annual Trick-or-Treat on Main where the businesses along Main Street in American Fork hand out treats to all of the little trick-or-treaters from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Halloween. Businesses who do not have a store front on Main Street can set-up a booth at Robinson Park (100 E. Main St.). This is always a fun event for the kids where they can interact with the businesses, including the American Fork Fire/Rescue and Police, and collect some goodies in a safe environment. This event is free to the public and free to the participating businesses. The Chamber will also be hosting the Third Annual Holiday Magic on Main parade and pictures with Santa, which will be held on Saturday, December 7th. It is extremely popular and a lot of fun, and there are plans to make it bigger and better each year. To kick things off, the Police Department will escort the Mayor and Santa into town on a fire truck at 5:30 p.m. They travel from Doug Smith Autoplex to the library where anyone

can have their picture taken with Santa and enjoy free hot chocolate and candy canes until 7:30 p.m. This year businesses and residents are invited to put together a lighted parade float (or truck/trailer) to accompany Santa on his journey to the library. Those attending are also invited to bring new mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves to decorate the library’s Mitten Tree that is set up to collect items to donate to local shelters. This event is also free to attend and participate in. The American Fork Chamber of Commerce has also recently formed the Lone Peak Business Alliance to serve the businesses and cities of Alpine, Cedar Hills, and Highland. We are currently working on creating similar events for the residents of each of those communities. Details for these events will be posted on the Chamber website. Please let us know if you are a local business and would like to participate in either Trick-or-Treat on Main or Holiday Magic on Main. If you would like more information or have any questions about these events or would like to learn more about the American Fork Chamber of Commerce or Lone Peak Business Alliance, please call 801-472-7467 or visit our website at americanforkchamber.org. Follow us: American Fork Chamber of Commerce americanforkchamber

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History of Steel Days 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.


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.


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 12 • American Fork Steel Days • 2019 • 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 a.m. from 500 West Main Street to 500 East and then at 6 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. 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

History of Steel Days $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 is proud to fulfill in 2019 as well. This year we have added the Smoke & Steel BBQ Competition, a Kids Splash Night, and Pickleball and Spikeball Tournaments to the event line-up. Whether this has been a family tradition for several years or you’ve never celebrated with us, we invite you 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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Carl D. Hansen will be honored as the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Steel Days Grand Parade on July 20, 2019. The parade will start at 9:30 that morning. Carl Hansen is married to Linda May Morrill of Pleasant Grove, and at 82-years-old, is a life-long resident of American Fork. His great grandparents on both sides of his family are early settlers of American Fork, with one of their original houses still standing (the Parley Parker Hansen home on the northwest corner of Center Street and 100 South). He attended Harrington Elementary, the old school located on Center Street, and the old American Fork High School on the hill. Hansen, his six children, and many of his grandchildren are American Fork High School graduates.

Hansen was hired in 1965 as American Fork’s City Engineer and worked closely with 8 different mayors; Glen Anderson, Haws Durfey, Neal Savage, Malcolm Beck, Kay Hutchings, Kent Evans, Jess Green, and Ted Baratt. During his 37 years of working for American Fork, he worked constantly to improve the city. He served on the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, Beautification Committee, and he attended

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city council meetings where he coordinated his work projects and ideas with those in the city leadership. On behalf of the city, he applied for and received multiple grants from the government for improvements throughout the city, and in many cases the city would match his grant money. Hansen’s management and ingenuity saved the city millions of dollars during the years he served. As he engineered improvements for the city, Hansen was always planning for the future. When I-15 was built, he took a dirt road, 500 East, and designed a road complete with water, sewer lines, and curb & gutter to access the freeway. He ran sewer lines to the new hospital, Developmental Center, the Junior High, and to Highland. During the floods of 1982-1983, he researched and purchased the Gabion baskets from Reno that serve as retaining walls at the mouth of the canyon. Hansen designed the first City Complex Building, the Senior Citizen Center, the baseball fields on

Center Street, and the new addition to the city cemetery. He also drew up and laid out the plans for the Tri-City Golf Course (now called Fox Hollow Golf Club) Clubhouse and golf course. He created the plans for and supervised the dredging of the boat harbor and designed the harbor restrooms and improvements. He also initiated the purchase of the Boley, Highland, and Tri-City water wells as well as the installment of a valve for the springs at Swinging Bridge to protect the cleanliness of our water. Hansen drew a map of the old city fort along with many other drawings for the city, some of which are still hanging in city buildings today. He was respected by those he worked with for his honesty, integrity, and work ethic and was a very forward thinker who can be credited with multiple improvements made to American Fork during his time working for the city. In addition to his service to American Fork City, Hansen has volunteered in many other capacities throughout the community. He spent many years as a Little League and Junior Jazz coach for youth in the city, assisting with countless teams. He has also served in many leadership positions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, including that of bishop. He is very passionate about his yard and still maintains it himself by weeding, mowing and edging, pruning, and planting flowers and a large garden, all at 82-years-old. He was awarded the Yard of the Month Award in the summer of 2018. Hansen is always striving to keep his yard beautiful and American Fork City a wonderful community to live in. He has spent a lifetime serving American Fork, and it is our privilege to honor him for a job well done.

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Garden Tour



The American Fork Beautification Committee, in conjunction with the Steel Days Celebration, invites residents to attend the Seventh Annual Garden Tour on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13. Thomas Edison said, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” The same is true of gardening, but a moment of inspiration can save hours of perspiration. During the Seventh Annual Steel Days Garden Tour,

residents will have the opportunity to stroll through the gardens of several devoted Master Gardeners. Those attending are encouraged to ask questions and glean ideas for their own planting and gardening efforts. This year’s Garden Tour promises to be filled with many hours of inspiration. There will be something for every gardener from the novice to the expert, and we hope you enjoy this Steel Days tradition.


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Kickball Tournament

FRIDAY, JULY 12 • ART DYE PARK The second annual co-ed Kickball Tournament will be on Friday, July 12 starting at 6:00 p.m., and it will continue until there is a clear winner, even if that isn’t until 2:00 a.m. This will be the “full-on” type of kickball that we all loved to play in grade school. It will be played with a rubber play-ground kickball, bases, and outs made by throwing the ball at the runner. A mandatory coaches meeting will be held 1/2 hour before the event. Games will be played at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.). The cost for registration is $90 per team of up to 16 players (8 players - 4 women and 4 men - are on the field at a time), and the registration deadline is July 9. 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 11 by 5:00 p.m. To register, go to www.steeldaysaf.com, click on the “Events” tab and look for the Kickball Tournament.

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Miss American Fork 2018 A TITLE THAT LASTS A YEAR, MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME By Amelia Wesemann As the current Miss American Fork, Taylor Colby, prepares to pass along her title this July, she reflects on her experience over the past year and what made holding the position so special. When asked to describe her experience over the past year as Miss American Fork in three words, Taylor Colby responded, “Humbling, Service-oriented, and Enlightening.” She served our community as Miss American Fork for over a year, and said it was the best year of her life. “American Fork is the best city hands down. I think what is unique is how close, welcoming and supportive our community is,” Colby says. “We do not think twice to help a neighbor in need and when Steel Days comes around, or really any event, we are all there enjoying each other’s company.” As part of her service as Miss American Fork, Taylor volunteered at Everest Arts and Learning Center here in American Fork. Everest Arts is a place that assists those with intellectual disabilities to develop skills and talents in a safe environment, and Taylor loved volunteering there weekly. When asked about her service, she said, “The best part of being Miss American Fork was the opportunity I had to meet and serve new people. In particular, I have had the chance to meet and volunteer at Everest Arts and Learning Center in American Fork. They have become some of my closest friends, and I have loved the time I have spent there weekly and am so grateful for the friendships that will no doubt continue even after my year of serving as Miss American Fork is over.” Taylor Colby said serving our city and community taught her more than she ever could have imagined or expected. “I learned the value of simple kindness,” she says, “As cliche as it may sound, it is so true. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to interact with others and see how simple gestures like a smile to anyone of any age is appreciated more than we even know.” Taylor adds that through this experience she has learned that people are her passion, and she can’t wait to see where furthering her education at Utah Valley University this fall will take her as she carries these valuable lessons. She says this year has shaped her into a person who always looks to serve others, because that is where she finds true happiness. Colby advises the next Miss American Fork to enjoy her year serving the community, and adds, “Often the most important service is rendered without a crown.” 22 • American Fork Steel Days • 2019 • www.steeldaysaf.com

Miss American Fork Pageant FRIDAY, JULY 12 • 7:00 P.M. • AMERICAN FORK JR. HIGH The Miss American Fork Pageant will be held July 12 at 7:00 p.m. at American Fork Junior High School (20 W. 1120 N.). We are excited for this to be the kickoff event for Steel Days this year! Come and see 12 of American Fork’s fabulous young women compete for a $3,000 scholarship! The evening will include amazing talent, elegant evening wear, and on-stage questions. It will be an exciting night that you won’t want to miss! Tickets can be purchased at www.steeldaysaf.com, click on the “Events” tab and look for the Miss American Fork Pageant.

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Spikeball Tournament



New to Steel Days this year is our Spikeball Tournament! The tournament will be on Saturday, July 13 at 9:00 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.


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We will follow the 2019 Spikeball Roundnet Association Tournament formatting, as follows: We will have pools of 5-6 teams with single games to 21 with a cap at 25. Depending on the number of teams, we may need to have pools of 7-8 teams, and we will have single games to 15 with a cap at 21. Pool play will determine seeding for bracket play - everyone will qualify for a spot in the brackets. Bracket play will also follow the 2019 SRA format: we will be using single elimination for all brackets and playing out for specific final placings. If you lose in the first or second round, you’ll automatically drop into a feed-in consolation bracket. As such, every team will be guaranteed at least two bracket play matches.


We will have sponsor prizes and Spikeball Roundnet giveaways for both tournament winners as well as random prize drawings. Cost is $20 per team. The registration deadline is July 12 at 10:00 p.m. To register, go to www.steeldaysaf. com, click on the “Events” tab and look for the Spikeball Tournament.


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SATURDAY, JULY 13 • ROTARY PARK Steel Days is excited to announce the First Annual Smoke & Steel Backyard BBQ Competition! It will be held on Saturday, July 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will be held in conjunction with the Car Show at Rotary Park (400 S. 200 E.). We hope to make this the premier BBQ Competition in Utah County, and we invite all levels of BBQ enthusiasts to participate and experience a fun day. The cost to compete is $50 and the categories are chicken and pork ribs. Team booth areas will be pre-assigned and a map of the competition area will be sent to all participants prior to the event. Maximum booth dimensions are 10’ x 20’ (more space may be requested but is limited in availability). Please plan accordingly so that all teams can be accommodated. • 8:00 a.m. - Set-up for booth and cooking equipment. Lighting of the grill is considered part of set-up and may be done at any time but fires must be lit once in position - no pre-lit fires before arrival. • 9:00 a.m. - Meat check-in and inspection and submission box pick-up. All meat must be raw and unseasoned at check in. Cooking may begin immediately after check-in. • 11:00 a.m. - Mandatory Team Captain meeting at the Judge’s Tent. We will review the schedule of events and rules and answer any questions from the Team Captains during this time. • 3:00 p.m. - Meat submission and judging begins. Submissions will be accepted 5 minutes before and 5 minutes after stated time. Boxes will not be accepted and will be turned away after that time frame. • 3:00 p.m. - Chicken turn-in • 3:30 p.m. - Ribs turn-in • 5:30 p.m. - Awards Ceremony 26 • American Fork Steel Days • 2019 • www.steeldaysaf.com


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Steel Days Car Show Memories

The American Fork Steel Days Car Show is a long-standing tradition, and thousands of people come to Rotary Park to see a wide variety of vehicles. The owners of these vehicles have put a lot of time, care, and money into these machines and each car comes with its own unique story. Check out the following stories and then come to the Car Show and see if you can find these vehicles on display! “I moved to Utah with my family in 2010. After 24 years in Florida, the last 15 of which I owned a 27-ft cabin cruiser, I felt lost without a hobby. I was in a new state, with new business contacts, and new people just didn’t seem to fill that void. I had several cars during the 70’s, so when I saw this ‘72 El Camino in an impound yard, those good memories came rushing back. After some hard work and a lot of cleaning, I discovered Cruise Nights and Car Shows - I had a new hobby! This was a major turning point for me. I found these events to be more than “just some classic cars” and was amazed at the close family feel. I’ve met so many great people and made so many new friends. Together we can fix anything pertaining to a car! A few years after getting the car running, I proudly became a sponsor of Rockin’ Hot Rod Productions. It felt good to give back. These events, the great people, and the beautiful cars round out my otherwise hectic, self-employed life. Eventually, I was able to restore and upgrade my car. Now going to a show is more exciting and the season of cruising is a beautiful thing to look forward to.” -Bill Pascucci “I am writing to tell my story of my 1970 Dodge Charger 500. I first laid eyes on her back in ‘98 at the UVU Car Show. It had a For Sale sign in 28 • American Fork Steel Days • 2019 • www.steeldaysaf.com


the window, and I asked the owner, “How much?” I made an offer, and he told me that he needed to talk to his wife before he could sell it. I returned an hour later to see if he could accept my offer. He said that his wife would rather have a house than the car, and I picked it up less than a mile from my house in American Fork. I have lived in AF my whole life and still reside there. My Charger and I are very much alike, having spent our whole lives in the great city of American Fork! The car sat in my garage for over 20 years. It’s an all original, numbers matching, 383 2bbl A/C car. In 2018, I decided it was time to take the car back to its original Y4 Light Gold metallic color and have a complete restoration done. The classic license plate reflects the car - ”CHRGR”. My car and I will forever be honored to call American Fork home!” -Jason Miller “’Pop-I’s Betty Boop’ was owned by my grandpa. He always told me that when I graduated he would give it to me as my graduation present. In 2006, he had to sell the car. After he sold it, he never wanted to talk about the car or where it went. He passed away in March of 2009, and we never knew where the car went. In October of 2016, we were in Lake Havasu, Arizona to spread my grandpa’s ashes. We were visiting a friend of his who told us that he knew where the car was and that it might be for sale. We went and looked at the car and the owner told us he would sell it. In February of 2017, we bought the car back. To our knowledge, the vehicle still has the original paint and engine. We also found the original owner’s manual and the 2 year protection plan with owners plaque and delivery date from Capital Chevrolet in Salt Lake in the glove compartment. The original spare tire is still in the vehicle too. We also have reinstated the original Utah ‘65 license plate from when my grandpa owned it back onto the car. An interesting about the license plate is the number is “EC 1306”. EC are my grandpa’s initials (for Ernest Cooper). 13 is my birthday, and ‘06 is the year that he had sold the car.” -Alex Brown

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Start your engines and come check out some hot rods and sweet rides at the 2019 Steel Days Car Show. Admission to view the cars at the Car Show is FREE. This event will be held on Saturday, July 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 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 Saturday the 13th of July. You will be able to register and enter the event at the same time. The fee to display a car for the car show is $20 per vehicle. The Car Cruise will begin at 7:00 p.m. and go until 8:30 p.m. The car show entrants will have the opportunity to showcase their cars as they drive up and down Historic Main Street in American Fork. Please note that you

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We are pleased to announce the second annual Steel Days Scramble! It will be held on Monday, July 15 at Fox Hollow Golf Club (1400 N. 200 E.). Fox Hollow is one of the premier golf courses in Utah, and we are lucky enough to have it right in our back yard. Enjoy an amazing day with a chance to win some great prizes. Registration is now open online, or registration will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $50/person or $200/foursome. To register, go to www.steeldaysaf.com, click on the “Events” tab and look for the Golf Tournament.

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AF Symphony & Chorale Concert MONDAY, JULY 15 • QUAIL COVE PARK AMPHITHEATER This year the American Fork Symphony will be joined by the Timpanogos Chorale for a combined concert that will keep the Steel Days celebration going with a patriotic musical celebration of America. This concert will be held on Monday, July 15 in the outdoor Amphitheater at Quail Cove Park (851 E. 700 N.). The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the posting of Colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, and Taps by the National Guard. There will be a pre-show performance by The Hoover Jam after which the Symphony and Chorale will perform. The American Fork Symphony was organized in 1994 under the direction of Conductor Dr. Gordon Childs, who had retired from the University of Wyoming with the rank of Professor Emeritus of Music and moved to Orem, Utah. The symphony was part of the American Fork Arts Council, and was partially funded by American Fork City and grants from the Utah Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private contributors. Over the years, the symphony has performed under the baton of several talented conductors and continues to bring high quality music to the residents of American Fork and beyond. The Timpanogos Chorale is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide members with vocal opportunities, to aid in the development of their musical talents and skills, to assist in the development of their appreciation for beautiful music from diverse cultures and genres, and to present such music to the community. The chorale started in 1963 and was originally called the American Fork

Civic Choir. Both the American Fork Symphony and the Timpanogos Chorale are part of the Timpanogos Arts Foundation. TAF was founded in 2003 to support American Fork City’s growing Arts Council. In 2011, all of the city’s arts programs were turned over to the foundation. The Timpanogos Arts Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization with the mission to “educate, enrich, and inspire by providing leadership and encouragement for artistic and cultural excellence, which enhances the quality of life for the people of American Fork and neighboring communities.”


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DISCOUNT SWIM DAY The American Fork Fitness Center (454 N. Center St.) is excited to offer three different events on Tuesday, July 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. They will start the afternoon off by doing a discount swim for the public. It will cost just $2 per person to gain access to the diving boards, water slide, lazy river, and kids’ water playground.

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TUESDAY, JULY 16 AMERICAN FORK FITNESS CENTER Bring your family to Pony Field (600 N. Center St.) at the American Fork Fitness Center on Tuesday, July 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a new Steel Days event! Discount Swim Day at the Fitness Center has been a popular Steel Days tradition, and this year we are adding to the fun with the Kids Splash Night. We will have a fire truck from the American Fork Fire & Rescue there to hose kids down, some wet bounce houses, a foam pit, a dunk tank and some water games to keep the kids cool during the hot, July afternoon.

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Do you have a CUTE baby? Enter them in the Steel Days Baby Contest! This event will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at Rotary Park (400 S. 200 E.). Times vary by age, with judging beginning at 10:00 a.m. Children ages 0 to 24 months are eligible. Winners will be

emailed later that day and will be invited to participate in the Steel Days Grand Parade on July 20 with a parent. You will need to be pre-registered for this event and the fee is $15. Registration will be allowed the day of the contest beginning at 9:30 a.m. but will still need to be done online - no cash registration. To register, go to www.steeldaysaf.com, click on the “Events” tab and look for the Baby Contest. Judging times for the contest’s various age groups are as follows:


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WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, JULY 17 & 18 ART DYE PARK PICKLEBALL COURTS We are excited to announce that we will be having our first Steel Days Pickleball Tournament this year! 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 Tournament will be on Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 starting at 5:00 p.m at the recently completed Pickleball courts at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.). This will be a two day tournament on Wednesday, July 17 (divisions 2.5 and 3.0) and Thursday, July 18 (divisions 3.5 and 4.0) at 5:00 p.m. All divisions will be combined: Coed, Women’s, and Men’s. Division Level is determined by the level of the highest ranked player on the team. To determine your division go to www. usapa.org. There will be 7 teams in each division for a total of 28 teams in the tournament. The tournament will be played in Round-Robin format with each team playing 6 games. The winner will be determined by

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Art Show & Awards JULY 18, 19 & 20 • AMERICAN FORK LIBRARY Come and showcase your amazing talents at this year’s Steel Days Art Show. The 2019 Art Show will be exhibited at the American Fork Library (64 S. 100 E.) on Thursday, July 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Local artists are invited to enter their artwork in this show. There are two categories: Youth and Adult. The Youth category is split into High School, Junior High, Intermediate (grades 4-6), Primary (grades 1-3), and Kindergarten/Preschool. The Adult category is split into Experienced and Novice. The media categories are oil, acrylic, water media, mixed media, photography (color and black/white), digital media, drawing (color, black/white), ceramics, and sculpture/woodcarving. All participating artists need to register before Monday, July 15 and the cost is $10 per entry for adults (limit of 3 entries per person) and $5 per entry for youth (limit of 2 entries per person). Art Drop Off will be on Monday, July 15 between

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3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the library’s east doors. You will need to print the registration form for each artwork piece from your confirmation email and bring it to Art Drop Off. Remember, if you are registering more than one art piece, you will need to bring a confirmation ticket for each entry. Award recipients will be selected by the Art Show judges. Entries in the Adult Division may be awarded first-, second-, and third-place ribbons with a small cash award in each category. Honorable mention awards may also be given. Special awards included in both the Adult and Youth divisions are “Best of Show,” “Mayor’s Choice,” and “Timpanogos Arts Foundation Choice.” An artist reception and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Robinson Park (100 E. Main St.). Best dress attire is encouraged. Art release will be on Monday, July 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Quilt Show

JULY 18, 19 & 20 • SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Steel Days Quilt Show. The theme for this year’s show is “Color Your World with Quilts.” 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 www.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, July 9 from 10:00 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 18 and 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 20, 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 20.

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History of the City of Fun Carnival in American Fork Pleasant Grove’s Lou Melendez’s family owns and operates the City of Fun Carnival, which appears in American Fork every year during Steel Days. People who attend the carnival may not know of its origins, so close to home. In the 1960s, they had an empty week in their schedule and approached American Fork, proposing a celebration in which the city would sell the tickets for 15 cents instead of the going rate of 25 cents. All rides would take one ticket per ride all three days of the carnival’s run. American Fork accepted, and the carnival is still a part of Steel Days today. At other towns, the carnival offers dollar day on opening day only. The prices have increased according to the expenses, but in American Fork the rides are still one ticket each if purchased as part of the SteelDeal promotion. In the early days, cotton candy was 15 cents, popcorn was a dime, and drinks were a nickel. The carnival started in 1959 with two rides, the Wild Mouse and the Junior Speedway. Elvis Presley and Natalie Wood once rode the family’s Wild Mouse. Their first merry-goround was a Hershall Spellman 3 abreast. The horses arrived in crates and had to be assembled before they were put on the ride. Lou’s wife, Lois Melendez, was given her first floss machine at a Fourth of July celebration in Murray, Utah. Lou set the machine on a crate, gave her sticks and sugar and told her to figure it out. Luckily, a customer offered to show her how to spin sugar and in no time

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she was spinning three machines at a time. Lois and her daughter Pam also learned to drive the big rigs. Lois had an article about her in a trucker’s magazine. She drove until she was in her 70s and Pam is still driving, pulling the HazMats and doubles. Lou Melendez had back surgery in 2008 and was hospitalized for three months. He did therapy and worked hard to get back on his feet and he was back on the road the following fall. The family recently purchased a new FireBall and a couple of tractors. They run 19 trucks, with three sets of doubles, and have six pickups with 10 trailers. They have three bunk units and a shower truck. Their game concessions are run by Dennis Ewell Concessions and food is handled by Dream Catchers Cafe. Their sweet wagons are family owned and operated. Pam serves as general manager of the carnival. Lou and Lois’s daughter, Teresa, does the candy apples, and their son, Brad, maintains the shops and does repairs. Lou and Lois have eight grandchildren. Bradley, Jr. travels and does repairs on the road, welding and electrical work.

Carnival Tickets Now Available Bring the whole family to Art Dye Park for squeals and thrills at the City of Fun Carnival’s array of rides, snacks, and activities. Increase the family fun by purchasing our ‘universal tickets,’ called 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. The carnival will be open on Thursday, July 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. ONLINE TICKET PURCHASES SteelDeal tickets may be purchased online from Sunday, June 23 at 12:01 a.m. until Wednesday, July 17 at 11:59 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 on the following business day during regular business hours. To purchase, go to www.steeldaysaf.com, click on the “Carnival Tickets” graphic on the homepage.

CARNIVAL TICKET PURCHASE LOCATIONS • Alpine Lock and Safe (309 E. State St.) • American Fork City Administration Building ONLINE TICKET PURCHASE PICK-UP ONLY (51 E. Main St.) • American Fork Library (64 S. 100 E.) • Bank of American Fork (33 E. Main St.) • Central Bank (175 E. Main St.) • Durfey’s Dry Cleaners (266 W. Main St.) • Fresh Market (135 E. Main St.) • Hart’s Gas & Food (585 E. State St.) • Humphries Inc. (38 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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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 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year the event will be held at the Northampton House (198 W. 300 N.). 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. The cost is $15 per mother/daughter pair and $10 for each additional daughter. Those wishing to attend need to pre-register by Tuesday, July 16. To register, go to www.steeldaysaf. com, click on the “Events” tab and look for Tea with the Queen.

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THURSDAY, JULY 18 • ART DYE PARK The Youth Dance will be held Thursday, July 18 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.), and this year’s theme will be “Feels Like Summer” by Weezer. This dance will be a fun event for the youth to attend with a professional DJ, a video board, 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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The Steel Days Sing-off is a singing competition held on Friday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.) and is put on in conjunction with the Timpanogos Chorale. This year there will be two divisions for the contest: Professional and Novice.


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gory will be chosen by the Sing-off Committee. The final round will be a competition of the top eight finalists in each category. Each finalist will compete in their category at the Steel Days Sing-off Live Event on Friday, July 19. There will be judges at the competition who will select the top three winners in each category. The top three winners from each category will win cash prizes. They will participate in the American Fork Steel Days Parade and perform during the Steel Days Big Show event on Saturday, July 20.

RULES FOR THE COMPETITION: 1. The contestant entrance fee for the Novice Category is $25.00. The contestant fee for the Professional Category is $35.00. The entry fee includes a Sing-off T-shirt (to be picked up the night of the Sing-off, July 12, 2019). 2. The Sing-off committee will pick the top eight finalists to compete in the Sing-off. 3. Instruments are not allowed. 4. Due to the family nature of the event, inappropriate and offensive content is prohibited. 5. In case of song duplication, you will be given the option to choose another song prior to the competition. 6. By submitting your YouTube audition video, you understand and agree that your video will be used in a special highlight video to be shown during the live Sing-off event. For more information and to register, go to www.steeldaysaf.com, click on the “Events” tab and look for Steel Days Sing-off.

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FRIDAY, JULY 19 • DUSK • ART DYE PARK The annual Steel Days Movie in the Park will be on Friday, July 19 at dusk at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.). This year’s movie will be How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World, which is rated PG and lasts one hour and 44 minutes. This event is FREE and includes complimentary popcorn and water.

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AFHS Marching Band Breakfast SATURDAY, JULY 20 • FRESH MARKET


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 20 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.


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The Steel Days Run, which includes a 10K, 5K, and Kids Race, will be on Saturday, July 20 and will begin and end at the American Fork Fire Station (96 N. Center St.). The 10K and 5K races will begin at 7:00 a.m., and the Kids Race (1/2 mile) will begin at 8:15 a.m. The Steel Days Run is put on by Runtastic Events. The course is beautiful, fast, and fun. 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 steeldays@afcity.net. To register for the race go to www.steeldaysrun.com.

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Grand Parade SATURDAY, JULY 20 9:30 A.M.



Each year, we are proud to present the Grand Parade to more than 12,000 people. This year, the parade will be on Saturday, July 20 at 9:30 a.m. The route will be the same as it was in previous years, with the parade starting at 300 W. Main Street and heading east on Main Street to 100 E. The parade will then turn left and head north to 400 N. As the city continues to grow, we have seen an increase in the number of people trying to reserve spots on the parade route. The committee respectfully requests that reservation of spots not take place until Friday, July 19, 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 difficult and limited lines of sight. Everyone loves seeing the excitement of 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

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candy. Parade participants have been instructed to distribute candy near the sides of the road. As the parade concludes, please help us take pride in our community and keep it clean by collecting any 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 that Steel Days and the Grand Parade are meant to bring the community together to celebrate our great city. Let’s have fun and be respectful to everyone around us, including spectators, parade entries, and volunteers. If you would like to be a part of the parade, you can register at www.steeldaysaf.com, click on the “Events” tab and look for the Grand Parade.













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SATURDAY, JULY 20 • 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 20 prior to The Big Show at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.) and will begin at 4:00 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 any time after 3:00 p.m. 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 7:00 p.m. Like last year, we will have numerous food trucks that will be on site and there will be a Business Expo 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, face painting, a reptile exhibit, and much more. Home Depot will be doing a workshop for kids that will provide a lively environment mixing skill-building, creativity, and safety for your future DIYers. All of the activities at the Fair are always free to the public.

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Business Expo


FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JULY 19 & 20 Come and check out the wide variety of craft, service, and retail vendors at the Steel Days Business Expo. The expo runs on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 from 12:00 p.m. to dusk. Some of the vendors will have small games and giveaways for kids. 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 at the Expo 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.


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SATURDAY, JULY 20 There will be musical entertainment on stage all afternoon, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is the first year we have had entertainment throughout the day, and we are excited to bring you amazing local talent.

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Pre-Show Entertainment SATURDAY, JULY 20 • ART DYE PARK dedicated his life to pursuing FEATURING: RYAN INNES

Fan favorite on NBC’s “The Voice,” Ryan Innes, will perform as the show opener before the Steel Days Big Show headliner act, Foreign Figures, on Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Art Dye Park. Innes turned heads and gained popularity when he received a four-chair turn on “The Voice.” From there, he was mentored by Usher and fellow-grammy winner Pharell Williams and fought a tough battle throughout the remainder of his time on the show, becoming a crowd favorite and joy to watch onstage. Originally from Arizona, Ryan Innes was classically trained on the piano and sang in local choirs and musical groups. Although these experiences introduced Innes to the possibilities of music and he enjoyed performing in these settings, the traditional and classical music didn’t quite connect with him on an emotional level. It wasn’t until he discovered R&B that his deep love for music really blossomed. However, Innes didn’t immediately pursue a career in music. He first earned a pre-med degree only to realize his passion didn’t lie in the medical field, but in the world of performing. Innes made a leap of faith and

a career as an artist and performer. He enrolled at Brigham Young University, studying in the highly respected Media Music Program. It was there where he further developed his talents, along with joining Vocal Point, a popular a capella group. In 2010, Innes recorded a self-titled EP produced by R Legacy Entertainment. Featuring covers of classics like Ray Charles’ “Georgia On My Mind” and Amos Lee’s “Colors”, the record showcased Innes’ penchant for soulful and vocally charged productions. While working on the EP, Innes spent time in Nashville and further developed his songwriting skills. Returning to Utah, Innes began performing solo shows, promoting his EP and gaining a loyal following with his original songs and captivating covers. While gaining popularity in the local music scene, Innes landed a residency at The Montage in Park City, Utah. The new gig not only allowed him to quit his day job, but also to continue to polish his performing and songwriting skills. With his new residency, Innes was able to explore original material in front of new audiences. Innes says the experience of playing covers also

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Pre-Show Entertainment helped him as a songwriter because he was able to see how those classic songs struck a chord with listeners. From there, he went on to appear on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2013. Innes is currently working on his debut album, integrating his classical characteristic of raw, human authenticity. He has co-written with Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, Stuart Maxfield of Fictionalist, and McKay Stevens and Nate Pyfer, gaining experience and credibility that will roll over into his own album. Ryan Innes will indubitably bring an engaging and memorable start to The Big Show this year while retaining his title of a fan-favorite in American Fork. Before Ryan takes the stage, we will have the finalists from the American Fork Sing-off perform for the audience. These singers are some of the top talent in the area, and we are excited to have them be part of the show!

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HOW DO YOU FIT REAL ESTATE AND MUSIC TOGETHER? I enjoy helping people buy, sell, and invest in real estate. Real estate is a crazy world with a lot of twists and turns. After 20 years and thousands of real estate negotiations, developments, fixes, flips, etc., I understand the process with fine detail. Even more importantly, I understand the emotional part of purchasing and selling a home. The investment side is a bit less emotional and more number driven, but can still be stressful for a new investor. I found that I get a similar feeling helping others get the keys to their new home as I did playing on stage in front of tens of thousands of fans. I love it!

HOW WAS IT HELPING PUT THE FIRST LOVELOUD MUSIC FESTIVAL TOGETHER? I had the privilege of helping Dan Reynolds, lead singer for Imagine Dragons, start the first LoveLoud music festival at UVU. It was one of the most difficult and most rewarding experiences of my life. Standing in the middle of 20,000 people unified by the music they feel and love, was a magical experience. It didn't even reach the feeling of drumming on stage with Neon Trees in front of 80,000 people, but almost! It is something I want to share with all of Utah and do it in my home town in American Fork!

ARE YOU PLANNING ANY MUSIC FESTIVALS IN THE FUTURE? I am planning on putting on a festival of all festivals in 2020. I can't reveal very much at this time, but it will be something Utah has never seen before!

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SATURDAY, JULY 20 ART DYE PARK FEATURING: FOREIGN FIGURES By Amelia Wesemann This year, we are excited to have Foreign Figures for our Big Show Act! Four members, thousands of downloads, and with hits stretching across multiple countries, Foreign Figures has exploded throughout Utah and beyond. Led by a smooth R&B pop vocal, Foreign Figures blends melody driven alt pop with a hip hop backbone and rock & roll attitude. Formed in late 2014 by Seth Dunshee, Jonny Tanner, and brothers Eric and Steve Michels, their unique blend of alt pop is a pure collaboration between four very different artists, mixing vulnerable emotion with

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Within their first two years the group wrote, produced, and independently released both an EP and an album, amassing thousands of downloads and millions of streams in over 25 different countries. Leading to licensing deals with TVLand, TuneCore and Fox, their initial success also allowed the band’s charismatic live performance to be seen alongside multiple national touring acts, sharing the stage with the likes of X Ambassadors, American Authors, Smallpools, The Aces, and Lukas Graham. Foreign Figures spent the majority of their third year together writing on the road, completing two tours throughout the Western, Central, and Southern United States. In September 2018, they released the Overzealous EP, a 6 song effort that quickly garnered praise from the likes of AP magazine, Idobi radio, and Popdust. Rather than holding onto new songs for future releases, the band decided to release a quick follow up to Overzealous in the form of the 2 track Dangerous EP in October 2018. They have been invited and are scheduled to play at the 2019

The Big Show LoveLoud festival with some of the top bands in this region of the United States. By combining multiple types of music, Foreign Figures adds a unique twist to typical pop songs and brings fun new energy with them to every stage, leaving concert attendees with an unforgettable concert experience. The band plans to bring a show to American Fork unlike any seen in the past, with a high-energy tempo and catchy songs intended to get the whole crowd moving. Foreign Figures is known to bring unexpected twists to all of their shows and songs, and will keep the residents of American Fork on their toes. “I think what makes Foreign Figures stand out is who we are as people. We strive to make our community inclusive of everyone, uniting under the fact that we are all a foreign figure to something at some point.” says lead singer EJ Michels. “We are catching the eyes of the public and our hard work from the past 5 years is finally paying off. We can’t wait to show American Fork who we are and bring a show designed to inspire and entertain. This performance will be a memory you won’t forget.” Michels went on to say that the concert attendees will love the passionate show Foreign Figures plans to bring, and he is excited to showcase the talent of his band. Although the band is local and from just South in Orem, they are on the brink of national success and have a significant hype surrounding them. Foreign Figures will no doubt be among the big names someday, so this opportunity to see them perform at The Big Show is something you won’t want to miss.

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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 better fireworks displays in Utah County. Residents are not going to want to miss the 2019 fireworks show. The fireworks are launched from west of the baseball fields at Art Dye Park (1000 N. 550 E.) and will be shot off immediately after the end of The Big Show concert (around 10:00 p.m.), which will also take place at Art Dye Park. While the fireworks are visible from all over the city, audience members attending The Big Show will have the best seats for enjoying them. The concert is free and will feature local band Foreign Figures.

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American Fork City Fun Facts • Population estimate for 2018: 32,519 (U.S. Census 2018 estimate)

• The library had 172,073 visits and 16,358 people attended library programs in 2018

• Year over year average increase: 22.5% (U.S. Census 2018 estimate)

• With over 1,200 readers this summer, the 2019 Summer Reading Program at the library is set to more than triple in attendance from last year. Good job, you bookworms!

• From 2015 – 2020 the city will be spending over $11.5 million on roads • AF offers 1 park for every 1,083 residents, almost double the national standard of one park for every 2181 residents served • AF Fire Station 51 is the busiest fire station in Utah County with 3,182 calls in 2018 • 2018 was a record year for our fitness center with over 45,000 participants in programs. We averaged over 70 classes per week for people to choose from. In total, we had over 368,000 people attend the fitness center; more than ever before! • Our PARC funding has invested over $4 million back into our community in over 50 projects since 2015 • We have award-winning public safety, with an officer receiving the KSL High-Five Award, a firefighter named First Responder of the Year, our police winning the NAACP Outstanding Community Service Award, and our very own Police Chief being named Police Chief of the Year.

• The community used the library’s e-books, e-audiobooks, and language learning materials 55,000 times in 2018, 16,000 more than the prior year. That’s equivalent to 66 years-worth of reading, listening, and learning



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Message from the 2019 Co-Chairs As the 2019 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 of Steel Days possible. Our city celebration could not be successful without the time and effort sacrificed by all of them to serve the community. We ask all of the residents and visitors to please be sure to thank those who have contributed their time, talents, and resources 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. We invite everyone to come and participate, have fun, and make memories at one of the many events during the eight-day Steel Days celebration.

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Summer Concert Series



Steel Days offers many fun and exciting activities for people in American Fork. However, there are also other activities during the rest of the summer. One event that has been popular through the years is the Summer Concert Series. It has changed locations and formats but remains a community favorite. The concerts will be at the Quail Cove Amphitheater (851 E. 700 N.), but this summer those who attend will be located in the grassy area on the south side of the stage (EXCEPT on July 15). Spectators are invited to bring blankets and chairs. Attendees are invited to come early, starting at 6:00 p.m., and save their spot and enjoy menu items from a variety of food trucks. The music will begin at 7:00 p.m. The concerts run every Monday through July 29.


July 8 – Iris/Kimberly Knighton/Susie Brown July 15 – American Fork Symphony and   Timpanogos Chorale July 22 – Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse with   Max Headroom, Synchronicity, and Low-Fi Riot July 29 – Red Desert Ramblers

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