Heber Events On Wednesday Include Visit From Rep Curtis And Envision Heber 2050 Presentation

Heber Valley has a few events on Wednesday including a visit from Representative John Curtis and a presentation of the Envision Heber 2050 project.

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Utah Congressman John Curtis will be visiting Heber City on Wednesday evening. The state’s third congressional district representative will hold his townhall meeting from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the Heber City Police Department located at 301 S Main Street. Curtis, who represents Wasatch County, will speak on current issues and take questions from the audience.

Although the townhall meeting will only last an hour, Representative Curtis will still be available to the public as he makes his way to the Community Vision Presentation as part of the Envision Heber 2050 project.

The Community Vision Presentation starts at 6:00 pm at Heber Valley Elementary school located at 730 South, 600 West. The meeting is the third of three community events that sought public input as the city prepares to update their general plan. Christie Oostema, consultant to the project, says the event will be an unveiling of the cities vision.

“It’s a culmination of all of the work that’s happened this year,” Oostema explained. “There’s a ton of common ground, so we’re so excited to share what that is. Then from there, we’ll move from celebrating that vision right into general planning effort. So, that’s the way that we implement the vision as a community.”

The schedule of the evening will include a presentation and an open house.

“We’re going to have a presentation that will begin at about 6:10,” Oostema said. “We’ll do that vision unveil the first part of the evening and then from there it’s basically an open house. People will be able to circulate among, I think seven tables, and provide a lot of feedback on more detailed components of the city.”

Oostema encourages all community members to come see the finished product.

“It’s been a wonderful experience with hundreds of people involved in the effort,” Oostema continued. “I hope that all Heber residents feel free to come out to hear what we’ve learned and worked on together. I’d really encourage anyone who has any interest at all to get involved as we move from creating the vision into like I said general plan. Basically, implementing that vision and identifying the guide or the road map for future development in the city.”

You can find more information about the Envision Heber 2050 project here.

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/.