CAMS Initiated Spring Sweep

May 11, 2019 marked the first annual Heber City Spring Sweep which was organized and implemented by the Community Alliance for Main Street (CAMS). Community members were encouraged to bring friends and neighbors to participate in a cleanup effort along the commercial corridor of Main Street, Heber. Snacks and a barbeque lunch cooked by City Manager Matt Brower were provided to volunteers but the real benefits came from the satisfaction of taking care of our city.

The Wasatch County Fire Department can be thanked for power washing Main Street sidewalks with firehoses while the Heber City Corporation swept streets and gutters.

Volunteer and CAMS Secretary April Estel brought her children to help in the effort. “They loved being a part of the community and working alongside people who want to make a difference,” Estel stated. Helpers appreciated the enthusiasm of those who drove by and honked even if they couldn’t participate this time. Another cleanup will take place in the fall with the plan to have a community sprucing up twice a year.

CAMS has initiated further efforts to beautify our main corridor by acquiring bulb outs for spring flowers. These planters can be found on many of the corners along Main Street. Individuals have volunteered to maintain the bulb outs and we can expect to see fresh, beautiful flowers in the first week of June.

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.