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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Spend Labor Day Weekend In Park City has this interesting article in its Budget Travel section:

Park City is included on the list with this teaser line:
For historic parades and the Running of the Balls

Below are a couple quotes from the article:

Each year there's a celebration in honor of the area's rich mining heritage, complete with a community pancake breakfast, live music, races and games for the kids, the Funky 5K Fun Run and the annual Miner's Day Parade down Historic Main Street.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the celebration is the annual Running of the Balls, a charity fundraising event held on Monday at 10:45 a.m. where participants "adopt" a ball for $5 (or 5 balls for $20), and watch in awe as thousands of them are released down Main Street, racing to the bottom of the hill.

The Park City blog provides more details:

...Our town celebrates the Labor Day Holiday as a remembrance of our town's historical mining roots - thus the name, Park City Miner's Day...

Our mucking and drilling competition is famous. It draws competitors from Utah and surrounding states, involves miners who dump rock in a mucking machine (muck is the rubble made after rock is dynamited) and drill concrete blocks with massive pneumatic drills. Both are timed events.

Park City's Miner's Day Celebration activities and events

7 a.m. • Pancake breakfast, City Park

8:30 a.m. • Funky 5K Run, City Park

10:45 a.m. • World Famous Running of the Balls, Main Street

11 a.m. • Miner's Day Parade, Main Street Park City

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. • Music by Salt Lake Scotts, City Park stage

Noon - 3 p.m. • Bar-B-Que lunch, City Park

12:30 - 1 p.m. • Kids Races, City Park stage

1:15 - 2 p.m. • Music in the Park, City Park stage

2 - 2:45 p.m. • Mucking & Drilling Competition, Skateboard Park parking lot

2:45 - 5 p.m. • Music in the Park, City Park Stage

The video below shows highlights from past Miner's Day celebrations.


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