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Scout-O-Rama to fill Fairpark this weekend

It's time again for the Scout-O-Rama, an annual event for Scouts and Scouting enthusiasts across the state. The two-day event will take place Friday evening and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Utah State Fairpark.

The pre-show will begin Friday at 8:30 p.m., featuring vocal and instrumental group "Cambridge" at the Grand Stand.Saturday events include:

- 9:30 a.m. - Grand Parade, with Grand Marshal Luther Ellis, defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions and a former University of Utah standout; the Jazz Bear; and other dignitaries.

- 10 a.m. Opening Ceremony at the center lawn area north of the Grand Building.

- 11 a.m. "Good Morning Scout-O-Rama" presentation by Kim Peek, the inspiration for the film "Rain Man." Peek will speak again at 1:30 p.m. Both presentations will be at the Center Stage No. 2.

Center Stage will host a number of shows, entertainment and educational presentations throughout the day.

About 15,000 boys and their leaders will participate with more than 800 booths and displays. In addition, the Scout-O-Rama will feature presentations on camping, Dutch oven cooking and Pinewood Derby events.

Tickets may be purchased from local Scouts or at the door.

Major sponsors for the event include KSTU Fox Channel 13, Raging Waters, Utah Jazz, Utah Grizzlies, KSL 1160 and Little Caesar's Pizza.