Steel Days promises to be a mix of new and traditional activities to entertain and amuse residents this year.
For the first time in many years, a musical will be staged in conjunction with Steel Days, Thursday-Saturday, July 15-17. Event organizers are moving into a new era with an upbeat extravaganza called "An Evening on Broadway." The show comprises music and dance from "Fiddler on the Roof," "Annie," "Hello Dolly," "Phantom of the Opera," and "A Chorus Line." Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the American Fork High School auditorium.Steel Days will culminate Saturday night with the traditional variety show and fireworks at the high school football field. Country Joe of KSOP radio will serve as master of ceremonies, and The Cornshuckers and Killin' Time will provide entertainment.
Also new this year is the Community Faire and Boutique. The two-day event is a way to make citizens more aware of the businesses, organizations and crafters in the community. The fair will be at Rotary Park Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Lifelong American Fork resident Ray Conder Nelson, 76, will serve as grand marshal for Steel Days. He is a descendent of the city's original settlers. The Mammoth Parade in which he will ride begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and goes from Smith's Food and Drug to Main Street to Fred Meyer.
The Children's Parade will be held Thursday at 6 p.m, with the route going from Bicentennial Park to Lions Park via Center Street and 100 South. Eleven-year-old Nathan Burton, who donated bone marrow to his older brother in an operation last summer, will serve as junior grand marshal.
Other events throughout the week include a carnival, tennis, horseshoe and softball tournaments, flower, doll and quilt show and a classic car show.
A patriotic service titled "Stay in Touch with the World" will start at 7 p.m. Sunday at the American Fork Tabernacle. Lt. Gov. Olene Walker will be the keynote speaker. The American Fork Community Choir, Parley Belnap, Dave Chamberlin, Barry Jensen and Robert de Prago will perform musical numbers.
On the Steel Days agenda
- "An Evening on Broadway," July 15, 16 and 17, American Fork High School Auditorium, 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 for individuals, $20 for immediate family.
- Children's Parade, July 15, Bicentennial Park, 6 p.m.
- Classic Car Show, July 15, Rotary Park, 6 p.m.
- Youth dance, July 15, National Guard Armory, 235 S. 200 East, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is $2 per person.
- Flower, Doll and Quilt Show, July 15 and 16, Senior Citizen Center, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Community Faire and Boutique, July 16 and 17, Rotary Park, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Lions Club breakfast, July 17, Albertsons parking lot, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., $2 per person.
- Mammoth Parade, July 17, 10 a.m.
- Variety show and fireworks, July 17, 9:20 p.m., American Fork High School football field. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.
- "Stay in Touch with the World," program at American Fork Tabernacle, July 18, 7 p.m.