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AMERICAN FORK — City summer celebrations commonly start with a few activities during the week that build up into a huge weekend party.

American Fork Steel Days is no exception. Even though the annual celebration began Wednesday, extending the Fourth of July holiday for north Utah County residents, most of the big events are happening today and Saturday.

The biggest event, of course, will be the Blackhawk concert and fireworks show Saturday night at American Fork High School's football stadium.

Over the past seven years, Blackhawk has been one of the biggest acts in country music. More than 4 million copies of the group's five albums have been sold. The group, which released a greatest hits album in May, has had seven Top Ten singles.

The group's hits include "Goodbye Says it All," which reached No. 1 on the charts in 1993, "Every Once in a While" and "Wherever You Go."

The stop in American Fork is one in Blackhawk's 35-city tour which began in early May.

The show, which will open with the local group Voice Male, begins at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m., and there is no assigned seating. Tickets for the show are $6, and seating will be limited to 6,000. A fireworks display will follow the concert.

An art show is on display through 9 tonight at the American Fork Library and again Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A car show runs through 8 tonight at the Rotary Park, which will be followed by a restored car cruise down Main Street from 8 to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, events get started with a balloon lift at 6 a.m. at the high school. The annual parade begins at 10 a.m. and runs down Main Street. A doll and quilt show is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Senior Citizen's Center. A boutique will be set up at Rotary Park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also scheduled for Saturday are a 5K run, horseshoe tournament, softball tournament and tennis tournament.

The celebration wraps up Sunday with a symphony concert at 7 p.m. at American Fork Junior High School.

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