GARDEN CITY – Garden City made changes to this year’s Raspberry Days, held Aug. 1-3, said Tami Leonhardt, the director of the Bear Lake Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Organizers have moved the celebration to a venue with more room.
“This year’s festivities will be moved to Garden City’s Heritage Park on 300 West, right off of Highway 89 before reaching Garden City,” she said. “It is just west of where it use to be.”
The week will include a parade, Laketown Rodeo, craft fair, live concerts, 5K Run, pancake breakfast, dances, golf tournament, boat light parade and fireworks.
The city has been preparing the park for the celebration for over a year.
“They have actually built an amphitheater and a new stage,” Leonhardt said. “It is absolutely gorgeous.”
She said the city bought all of the land adjacent to the City Park, and have planted grass, trees and have put in electricity.
“It is very beautiful,” she said. “We plan to have a lot more concerts and other activities there.”
One of the activities will be a fly-fishing contest on the city pond. Other family activities are in the works.
The kick-off for the celebration is the Miss Berry Princess contest Wednesday night at 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Heritage Park. Thursday, the craft fair begins at 10 a.m. and will go until 8 p.m.
“The parade is always at 6 p.m. This year we are adding a kid’s parade at 5:30 p.m.,” Leonhardt said. “The theme for this year’s parade is Raspberry Round Up.”
She said the raspberries are ready to pick and there should be plenty to buy.
Everything else is just as it appears on the schedule
The Boat Light Parade generally starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday evening. The boats will run between Ideal Beach and the marina. After the light parade, the famous fireworks will take place at 10 p.m.
“The yacht club has put it on for the last couple of years and it’s really been good,” she said. “We always have big crowds and having it at the park will relieve the congestion in the square.”
Garden City Mayor Mike Leonhardt started getting the park ready last year. He really pushed having the grass ready, and they’ve worked hard and accomplished their goal, she said.
She said the lake water is high, but it is being pumped out and the beach is growing little by little.
It should be a good weekend in Garden City.
For those taking US 89 from Logan to Bear Lake, plan to leave early to get to Raspberry Days as Utah Department of Transportation is doing the chip and seal in Logan Canyon.
UDOT announced US-89 Logan Canyon Chip seal work will begin at mile post 479.8 (near the Temple Fork area) and continues to the Twin Creeks area and to the Cache-Rich county line. The work will go from July 31 to Aug 1. Lanes will be closed and a pilot car moving vehicles past work.
Drivers can expect 15 minute delays, and reduce speeds to 40 mph to avoid windshield damage.
UDOT suggests using alternative routes like SR-39 at Monte Cristo, or ID-36 at Preston, ID.