West Valley's Annual "Westfest" Celebration Kicks Off Today

West Valley's Annual "Westfest" Celebration Kicks Off Today

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Coco Warner ReportingWest Valley City's Centennial Park is welcoming visitors to its annual "Westfest" celebration.

The celebration features plenty of food, art and entertainment. The food booths will be featured Thursday night as part of a special invitation to "taste the flavor of WVC." For 5-dollars, participants can get a small sample from each of the 22 food vendors. And the proceeds benefit the city's After-school programs.

Regardless of whether its food, crafts, even carnival rides, festival organizers say this year's Westfest has something for everyone. Although most booths were vacant earlier today, Westfest organizers expect thousands of people to make their way through the festival this weekend.

Steve Vincent/Westfest Chairman: "There will be lots of things for the children to do and lots of entertainment. We have something on both stages every hour."

So what else can festivalgoers expect? Most of the obvious attractions that make up any festival will make an appearance. Food catering to even the most international tastes. Art and crafts representing the different cultures that make up West Valley City. And for the first time there will be carnival rides.

But the biggest attraction may be the local talent.

Steve Vincent/Westfest Chairman: "I think this year our talent contest is going to be really incredible, we've had a huge amount of people want to be involved in the talent showcase."

Another don't miss is Sissy's Chicken and Beef booth. She's been attending Westfest for 9 years, and if you don't catch her here, you may be out of luck.

Sissy Tuatonga/Food vendor: "I don't have a restaurant, I only do it during the summertime and this is the only place you can have Sissy's Chicken and Beef with Hawaii famous Hulihuli sauce."

The festival runs through Saturday night, ending in a big fireworks display.

For more information, visit the Westfest web site or call 801-963-3550.

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