The Sandy Mountain Festival's Dancing Bear and Five Generation Court Sightings event got under way June 18 during a day of torrential rain.

Consequently, very few people ventured out for a chance to meet the court members or to have their photos taken with the festival's mascot, Dancing Bear.

What that means is that the odds of winning the Bear Sightings contest have dramatically improved.

The bear and court sightings continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, in downtown Sandy.

At stake is a crisp $100 and two carnival tickets.

Each year, organizers offer these sightings as a means of encouraging public participation in the events that lead up to the festival, which is scheduled for July 9-10 in Meinig Park.

Here's how the sightings work: The festival's mascot, Dancing Bear, and the Five Generation Court appear at locations throughout downtown Sandy over two days. The public is invited to visit those locations, where participants collect stamps on an entry card for each 'sighting' they visit.

A participant's name is entered into a prize drawing each time they collect a stamp. In other words, the more sightings you attend, the better your chances of winning.

The June 25 sightings are scheduled at:

•10-10:15 a.m., Mad Dogz Hobby at the intersection of Bluff Road and Pioneer Boulevard. The owner of Mad Dogz will personally provide the stamps inside the store.

•10:25-10:40 a.m., Dolly's Pet Shoppe, 38580 Pioneer Blvd.

•10:50-11:10 a.m., Some Bookstore, 39080 Pioneer Blvd.

•11:20-11:35 a.m., Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, 38963 Pioneer Blvd.

•10:45-noon, Mountain Moka, 17450 Meinig Ave.

•12:10-12:15 p.m., Sandy Area Historical Museum, 39345 Pioneer Blvd.

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