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Midvale City Park, on the east side of I-15, will bustle with activity next week as the city stages its annual Harvest Days celebration.

But city officials want to remind residents, returning Midvale natives and visitors from throughout the area and beyond of an increasingly busy section of town on the other side of the freeway - Midvale's historic district."A lot of people forget the heart of their city," City Councilman Keith Alexander said.

To remind them of it, the city will borrow a Utah Transit Authority trolley bus on Saturday, the final day of the festivities. The bus will transport Harvest Days participants from the park to old-town Midvale for a walking tour of the historic area.

The free rides and tours will be available from noon to 6 p.m. About 200 people took the ride a year ago, and city official hope more will hop aboard this year.

The ongoing restoration of downtown Midvale is a bright spot in a community stigmatized by two EPA Superfund sites. Harvest Days is Midvale's chance to shine.

"We're quite a small city and we're landlocked. We don't have room to grow, so we're working on making the old new again," said Ruth Allen, chairperson of the Harvest Days Committee. "You do hear bad press about the area, and if you come to this event you see the other side. You see what a great community it is, how well-kept it is. You see how proud people are of their community."

A T-shirt commemorating this year's event features a photograph of downtown Midvale from the 1930s - a time during which Main Street was the undisputed center of Midvale and a focal point of the Salt Lake Valley, long before the interstate bisected the city.

Harvest Days was originally put on by Midvale's farming community as a celebration of the fall harvest. It has evolved over the years into a summer event sponsored by the city and its businesses.

"We try to make this whole event have more of a hometown community feel," Allen said. "We certainly welcome people from outside Midvale, but we really try to involve the community."

About 5,000 people are expected to turn out for the Harvest Days parade Saturday, and more than 20,000 are anticipated for the week-long event.

Harvest Days kicks off Monday with the start of a softball tournament. The Miss Midvale Scholarship Pageant will be held Tuesday, the Hall of Honors Banquet is set for Wednesday and a rock concert is planned for Friday. Saturday is the big day, with the 5K run, Lions Club breakfast, parade, talent contest, fireworks and many other events.



Harvest Days schedule

All Harvest Days events will be held at Midvale City Park unless otherwise noted.

- Monday, 6-10 p.m., softball tournament.

- Tuesday, 6-10 p.m., softball tournament; 7:30 p.m., Miss Midvale Scholarship Pageant, Hillcrest High School.

- Wednesday, 6-10 p.m., softball tournament; 7 p.m., Hall of Honors Banquet, 97 W. 7500 South.

- Thursday, 5-7 p.m., rummage sale, park bowery; 5:30 p.m., Midvale Mining Company dinner; 6-10 p.m., softball tournament; 6:30 p.m., entertainment by Spin; 7 p.m., free bingo, park bowery; 7:30-9:30 p.m., appearance by the "Don't Waste Utah" man.

- Friday, 5-7 p.m., rummage sale, park bowery; 6-10 p.m., softball tournament; 6-8 p.m., utch oven dinner; 7-9 p.m., classic car cruise-in; 8-10 p.m., rock with Vital Signs.

- Saturday, 7 a.m., flag ceremony; 7-9:45 a.m., Lions Club breakfast, park bowery; 8-8:45 a.m., 5K run registration; 9 a.m., 5K run; 10 a.m., Harvest Days parade; noon-1 p.m., opening ceremony; noon-4 p.m., bake sale, senior center; noon-7 p.m., park booths open; 12:30 p.m., 3-on-3 basketball tournament; 1 p.m., senior pool tournament, senior center; 1-2 p.m., J.J. Davis musical review; 1-3:30 p.m., Dutch oven cook-off, west pavilion; 1-5 p.m., arts and craft show, park bowery; 1-8 p.m., softball tournament; 2 p.m., dessert contest, park bowery; 2 p.m., fire department water fight; 2-2:45 p.m., junior drill team performance; 3 p.m., children's mini-Olympics; 3-7 p.m., talent contest; 3:30-5:30 p.m., balloon sculpturing; 4-5 p.m., watermelon eating contest; 8:45 p.m., contest winners announced, Midvale Middle School; 9 p.m., music by Blue Sage; 10 p.m., fireworks. ||||||||||||||||||||| JUNK |||||||||||||||||||||