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Davis cities plan events to celebrate Oly spirit

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FARMINGTON ? Davis County residents may not be in the middle of the Olympic action, but county and city leaders are doing all they can to make sure they don't feel that way.

A number of Davis County cities are adopting countries participating in the Olympics as a way to get residents involved and make visitors feel welcome, and residents are invited to watch the torch as it makes its way through the area.

"We would like to focus on Davis County and draw some attention to that," county Community and Economic Development director Wilf Sommerkorn said at a Wednesday night Council of Governments meeting.

The county is hosting the Olympic Command Performance Rodeo Feb. 9-11 in Farmington and will also host visitors in park-and-ride lots with transportation into Salt Lake City.

Because of the county's low profile during the Games, cities are being encouraged to plan their own Olympic parties.

Woods Cross has "adopted" the country of South Korea and will hold a Dutch oven and Korean dinner Feb. 4. An estimated 47 Olympians will attend the festivities, Woods Cross Mayor Jerry Larrabee said. The dinner at Woods Cross High School will honor the athletes and perhaps give residents a chance to meet some of them, he said.

South Weber has adopted the Ukraine, with elementary students in the city planning to perform some of the country's songs. Other cities adopting countries include Fruit Heights, which is adopting the Irish Olympians, and West Bountiful, which has adopted Great Britain.

County leaders are also encouraging residents to participate in torch relay festivities at the Olympic torch's first appearance in Davis County on Feb. 6. Antelope Island is hosting a party with free admission to the state park marina on the island starting at 11 a.m. on Feb. 6.

The party will feature cowboy poet Bob Christensen as well as East Layton Elementary School singers, with hot chocolate and cookies provided by Clearfield Job Corps. Buffalo Point Inc. will have Western food available.

The torch will arrive by boat and leave Antelope Island for U-126 through parts of Layton, Clearfield and Sunset, although not all of that section of the torch run will have runners. The torch will be in Bountiful Feb. 8 shortly after 6 a.m.

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