It’s not too early to start planning to attend the first-ever Bear Lake Outdoor Heritage Days. Garden City Mayor John Spuhler says he hopes the event, which comes up on Friday and Saturday September 10 and 11, attracts as many people as Bear Lake Raspberry Days do. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Spuhler said it is challenging to run a community with as many as 30,000 people during the summer months but only a few hundred for the rest of the year. Spuhler says he hopes Outdoor Heritage Days will stretch out the summer with some help from Browning Arms Company, a company that has been in the Bear Lake area for generations. “We’re going to have an antique gun show where people can look at antique guns,” Spuhler explains. “Also we’re going to have, for people who hunt and fish in the area, they can bring their trophies into a trophy room.” Spuhler said the event will appeal to more than just outdoorsmen. “We’re going to have crafts that are specifically crafts that are aren’t made in China, or made in some factory, but made by individuals,” he said. “Those things and leather works will be available for display and those people who’d like to participate are welcome to. There is no charge. We have an indoor facility, a convention center facility, now in Garden City.” Spuhler says a major goal for him is to help those people who live around Bear Lake all year round to be able to make a living.
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