Silt HeyDays kick off Friday
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Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Highlights include a Friday night concert, Saturday’s pancake breakfast and parade and Sunday’s HeyDay Hobble 5K. Visit the town’s website for a complete schedule of activities.
Concert tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the gate for adults. Children and senior tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the gate.
Stoney Ridge Park, 648 N. Seventh St., and Silt Historical Park, 707 Orchard Ave.
Though the rains have started to fall in Garfield County, the town of Silt wants to throw one last summer blowout bash as the annual Silt HeyDays is set to begin. The 47th annual Silt HeyDays will kick off with rock tribute bands on Friday, and Saturday will be filled with activities for all ages. Proceeds from the event will go back to the town, the HeyDays committee and Silt Historical Park, the local museum dedicated to the town’s history.
“Over the years we’ve tried to improve the music and show to be at a little bit of a different level,” Silt Mayor Rick Aluise said. Tribute bands have become a tradition. “We’ve already presold around 500 tickets, our highest presale to date.”
This year’s theme is “Beach Party in Silt” with friendly contests like beach volleyball and a beach body competition taking place to celebrate the final weeks of summer.
Friday night music at the Stoney Ridge Pavilion features performances by Eagles cover band The Long Run and Journey cover band Another Journey. Fireworks will follow the shows.
“We rival a lot of the bigger firework shows around,” said Janet Aluise of Silt Community Development. “We get a lot of people from outside the area, but many of our citizens come as well. The money goes to pay back the bands and firework show. We don’t quite break even, but it is a community event, and we are here to support it for its public value.”
Silt HeyDays started as a community event many years ago, and it evolved into a way to support the Silt Historical Park.
Proceeds from Saturday’s beer tent, the Heyday Hobble 5K run and Saturday’s pancake breakfast will go to the museum. Twenty percent of proceeds from the cornhole and horseshoe tournaments go to the historical park as well.
“It’s been great having the town support us, but they always have,” said Alice Jones of the historical park.
“Heydays is becoming the one event that people are looking forward to more and more,” Rick Aluise said. “It’s the one that the community shows up more than any other.”
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