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Kamas Valley Fiesta Days

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This Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

In 1938, the citizens of Kamas Valley met together in what you might call a community council. The council wanted to find ways of promoting community welfare, and of increasing people's knowledge of the Kamas Valley and Uintah Mountains. They determined that a festival would be held, one that would attract visitors and allow locals to renew acquaintances. Since then it's become a tradition. The Kamas Valley Fiesta Days kicks off July 18th this year and runs through the 26th.

The celebration in Kamas will feature horse shows, car shows, rodeos, parades, fire works, foot races, concerts, cook-offs, plays and even a demolition derby. Sounds like quite the celebration!

The festival means good news for businesses — local, and some not so local. People come from near and far to sell food, crafts and other items. If you get a chance, stop by the Food Shack. Zions Bank employees will be volunteering there, flipping burgers and what not.

I spoke with the event director, Diane Atkinson. Diane said that her favorite day will be the 24th. That's the day of the car show, as well as the much anticipated, long awaited, feverishly looked forward to, Second Annual Dutch Oven Cook-off! Last year was the festival's first, and it's back by popular demand. Along with the judges who will determine the winner of the contest, spectators can stroll through the playing field, order a whole meal, or sample whatever looks good.

I also spoke with the mayor of Kamas, Lou Marchant. Like Diane, Lou's excited about the celebration. He wanted me to be sure to mention the Dan Seals concert on the night of the 25th. It's in the stadium, he says, where fans are welcome on the arena ground where they can stand, dance, or even sit in a lawn chair if they like. I told Lou that I'll be there too — so long as I can find me a pair of Wranglers first.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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