The Heber Marathon Half-Run for Autism is set for this weekend June 29th.
An organizer for the event, Aleena Nelson, said it’s the second annual event, being held to benefit the Kids on the Move Autism Center in Orem.
“We have a half marathon, a 5K, and an all abilities half mile run which is the perfect kids run,” Nelson explained. “It’s all downhill, all of the races are. It’s next Saturday June 29th in Heber City. It starts at Lake Creek Road and it goes down through the Heber Valley mountains. It’s a really beautiful race that ends at Old Mill Elementary. There’s going to be super fun finish line activities. We’ve got a bounce house; we have a huge blue foam party that the kids love. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
She said that registration for that run is $89. For the 5K it’s $35, and for the half-mile, it’s $10.
She also explained what comes with that price.
“You get a participant shirt that says Heber Half Run for Autism,” Nelson said. “You get a really cool medal. The medals are actually puzzle piece shaped and they interlock over four years. So, they’re really cool, this year’s medal has actual moving gears on it.”
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/.