Wasatch County Health Department Holding Safety Fair On Tuesday

At the end of spring break Wasatch County elementary school children were challenged by the county health department to complete a mile by mile marathon. The challenge wraps up with a safety fair on Tuesday.

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Jonelle Fitzgerald, Health Promotion Director for the Wasatch County Health Department says instead of running 26 miles all at once, Wasatch children were asked to run 25 miles over the course of the month or participate in 30 minutes of any form of active play which also equals one mile. Students should have one final mile left for the run on Tuesday May 21st.

“After kids finish 25 miles, if they do that before the safe kids fair, they can register and come and participate in the last 1.2 mile. That finishes their mile by mile marathon. So, that last mile happens at the safe kids fair or they run into the fair where they’ll come in under an archway and receive their metal and a T shirt for the mile by mile marathon that they’ve completed. It’s a super fun program, that just encourages kids to be active and get some exercise and be healthy.”

Fitzgerald says they don’t have final numbers yet, but registration is usually between 150 and 200 kids.

Runners will meet at 4:45 at the Legacy Bridge on Midway Lane and make their way to Southfield Park. The park will not only be the finish line for the mile by mile marathon but also the location of the Kid’s Health and Safety Fair.

“We have a number of things there for young kids and for families. Car seats, helmets, all kinds of resources that are available in the community. As well as some blow up slides and some fun things for them to do. A number of community agencies are involved in putting on this fair. They are there to help people know what resources that their agencies provide, and also make it a super fun night for the kids and their families.”

Other activities at the fair include bike registration, free health screenings, state park passes, face painting and balloons.

For more information you can call the Wasatch County Health Department 435-657-3260.

“They can definitely call the Health Department if they want more information or jump on Wasatch county’s website to register for the marathon. There’s more information about the fair there as well.”

You can find a link to the Health Departments page 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/.