Kids' parade, talent show part of Friday's activities
by: Garth Guibord, Members of the Sandy Stealers junior softball club led the way to kick off the annual Sandy Mountain Festival Parade Thursday night.

Sandy Mountain Days started with a bang Thursday night, as thousands converged on the town for the annual Mountain Festival Parade, the first night of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce's Music Fair and Feast and the carnival.

From fire trucks to giant hamburgers to fire-breathing dragons to newspaper-covered editors, this year's parade, theme 'Lookin' for Adventure,' was a small-town spectacle.

Several out-of-town spectators were overheard saying that the parade reminded them of 'something out of a Normal Rockwell' painting.

The Music Fair and Feast also saw a packed beer and wine garden Thursday night. The Flashback Band performed hits of the past and present, eliciting many festivalgoers to cut a rug.

On Friday, the Mountain Festival's Kids' Parade takes place in and around Sandy Grade School. Children will ride their motorized cars, bicycles and trikes. They'll walk their dogs, ride skateboards and hold mommy's hand as they wave to the crowd, which grows every year.

The Music Fair and Feast's Junior Talent Show Contest welcomes kids ages six through 18 to display whatever talent they have to offer at the fair tent, from magic to singing to skateboarding at 2 p.m.

Winners of their respective age categories will receive a $100 savings bond and the overall winner receives a $500 savings bond. Acts will be accepted on the day of the event, so there's still time to get your performance together.

The beer garden is also open again to anybody 21 and older. Gates open at 6 p.m., and organizers encourage patrons to arrive early. At 7 p.m., a $7 cover charge will start, but Les Schwab in Sandy has $2 off coupons. Enjoy live performances by Muchmore Country on both nights, along with food vendors.

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