Park City will host its 125th Birthday Bash on June 13, 2009, complete with a walking parade, family activities such as face-painting and party-hat making, birthday cake, beer gardens, and a long line-up of live music including bluegrass/newgrass artist Sam Bush. Mayor Dana Williams cordially invites Parkites, friends, and visitors to enjoy free activities all day during this historic celebration of Park City’s past. “Park City has a rich and varied history beginning as an industrious mining town in the late 19th century, a near ghost town in the 50’s and 60’s and  today enjoys the reputation as a world class ski resort destination,” Mayor Williams explained. “One thing that has remained constant over the past 125 years is Park City’s enduring sense of community and its ability to pull together to surmount  natural disasters and economic downturns.”  Officially incorporated as a mining town in 1884, Park City has long prided itself on its diversified heritage and liberated lifestyle, and to celebrate its roots, Park City is putting a modern spin on its historic past during its 125th Birthday Bash. 

Following the discovery of silver in the Wasatch Back in the 1860s, the Park City area attracted migrants from across the world looking to strike it rich. By the time the silver mining boom hit in the 1880s, Park City’s population flourished and was officially incorporated as a town in 1884. Due to the decline in metal prices, residents gradually moved away in search of more opportunities, leaving the city, according to some, a desolate ghost town in the 1950s. But by the early 1960’s, miners began looking to capitalize again on the town’s natural resources and soon tapped into a new commodity and what is now Park City’s signature trademark – snow.  

To commemorate Park City’s rich history, the town will offer free festivities and music all day long on June 13, 2009. Throughout the day, stop by the Beer Gardens on Main Street to sample some of Utah’s favorite brews, enjoy outdoor dining at Main Street restaurants or find great sidewalk-sale deals at Main Street businesses. Enjoy a mix of Park City’s eclectic regional bands and finish the evening with a performance by bluegrass/newgrass artist Sam Bush. 

A full schedule of events is as follows: 

        9:00 am Breakfast at Your Favorite Main Street Restaurant 

        11:30 am Walking Parade down Historic Main Street. Bikes, dogs, people and banners are welcome. No motorized vehicles, please. Meet at the Wasatch Brew Pub parking lot at 11:15am. 

        12 pm – 4:30 pm Kids activities at Kimball Art Center Patio, including face painting and Mad Hatter birthday hat-making 

        12 pm – 5:30 pm Live Music and Beer Garden at Miners Plaza (415 Main Street):

        John Boy’s Mule (12pm – 1:30pm)

        Swagger (2pm – 3:30pm)

        Fat Paw (4pm – 5:30pm) 

          1pm – 3 pm Historical storytelling by costumed docents of the Park City Museum 

        1 pm – 4 pm Share your personal stories of Park City with KPCW and The Park Record.  Interviews will be conducted at the Kimball Art Center 

        4:00 pm – 9:30 pm  Beer Garden on Lower Main Street 

        4:30 pm – 9:30 pm Live Music on Main Stage on Lower Main Street (900 Main Street):

        Park City High School Jazz Band (4:45pm – 5:30pm)

        Tai Chi demonstration (5:45pm – 6:15pm)

        Irish Dance Troupe (6:15pm – 7pm)

        Presentation of Summit County’s Gift to Park City (7 pm – 7:30 pm)

        Presentation and Serving of Birthday Cake (7pm – 7:30pm)

        Sam Bush (7:30pm – 9:30pm)