Golf Tournament to Raise Money for downtowns

On Tuesday, August 15, the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce will host their annual golf tournament at Crater Springs Golf Course to raise money to go toward beautifying and improving Heber and Midway downtown areas.

“During a recent community assessment, Heber Valley scored well in activities, but the downtown areas were found to need the most improvement,” said Ryan Starks, executive director of the chamber.

The assessment found that many simple things could be done to improve the quality of these areas to make them more inviting. Benches, potted plants and signage were some of the simple things Heber and Midway could to do to improve. This year the chamber hopes to raise $10,000 to be reinvested into the downtowns through mini-grants.

“We want to help our businesses find ways to improve the downtown appeal. By providing some incentives through mini-grants we hope to be able see these improvements take place,” said Starks.

According to Starks, each year the chamber works on different initiatives to help benefit the community. Last year the tournament raised money to help fund research and development of a valley wide signage system to help visitors and residents navigate the county. Implementation of the system is set to occur over the next few years.

Players of all skill levels are invited to attend the four-man scramble format as the chamber staff and advisory committee work hard to make this tournament “the best tournament all year.” Dozens of prizes will be given out from local sponsoring businesses, with delicious food and games at each tee.

Play will begin Tuesday, August 15 at 8 am at Crater Springs with breakfast and lunch provided by the Homestead Resort. Those interested in playing in the tournament to raise money for improving the downtown areas can sign up and get more information at

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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: