Cedar City: Think The Party’s Over? Not Yet!
Feeling that post holiday let down? Independence Day has come and gone and we might be having that “oh it's back to work and nothing to look forward to” funk. While understandable, if you live here in Cedar City you don't have to be in that funk very long. One of the biggest and most anticipated events of the year is set to go this weekend.
The 26th Annual July Jamboree is ready to go this Friday and Saturday. July Jamboree typically brings thousand of people to the party in downtown Cedar City, and this year the July Jamboree will also be expanding to the Main Street Park.
The event is produced by the Cedar City Rotary Club. Club President Brittany Fisher and Club Communications Committee Chair Sue Longson joined us on the radio show to preview this year's jamboree.
According to Longson, “we are expecting the biggest and best July Jamboree that we've ever had. We say that every year, and then we outdo ourselves.” This year the events start off on Friday night, July 8th, with a registration kickoff party at Tink's Superior Auto Parts. There will be a live band performing at that party.
Saturday events start at 8AM. There will be a breakfast held at Southwest Tech for those who are participating in the car show. After breakfast, participants will take a “rod run” out to Iron Springs Resort where they will be able to have pictures of their cars taken at the decorative mural at the resort.
At noon, the fun begins in downtown where Longson told us, “we'll be shutting down Main Street, clearing Main Street, and all the vendors will be setting up. We're going to have 150 vendors this year, 50 more than we've ever had.” One reason for the expanding number of vendors this year is the addition of space now available by being able to use Main Street Park.
After the vendors set up, the cars will be bought in and set up on Main Street. The event officially starts at 4PM and goes until 10PM. There will be two food courts this year, one in the historical location downtown, and the other food court, along with a beer garden will be in the park.
Fisher, who just assumed the role of club president last week, explains there is more to July Jamboree than just having fun. “We raise funds from both July Jamboree and (our) golf tournament.” The funds raised by the Rotary Club go “into a foundation where we are able to give back to the community,” she continued.
Some of the projects the Cedar City Rotary Club contributes to include the Veterans Memorial, food pantries at various schools, scholarships at Southwest Tech and SUU, Little League baseball and Canyon Creek Services.
Another project the Rotary Club is looking to fund is the Canyon Water Park, which aims to be the first water park in Cedar City. You can get more information about that project here and get more details about the July Jamboree here.
A warm summer evening with classic cars, great music, food and a community gathering. July Jamboree is just the thing to get you out of a post holiday funk.
You can listen to our entire visit with the Rotary Club members below.