As June approaches, Nibley is gearing up for its weeklong annual Heritage Days festival.
The 2019 Heritage Days will begin Saturday, June 15, and run every day until Saturday, June 22. Chad Wright, Nibley’s recreation and community services director, said that this year’s event will be just as “big and fun as years past.”
“We will be doing chalk art for families with young children in front of our city hall,” Wright said, “as well as a free community run, a disc golf tournament, a quilt show and more.”
The Nibley Heritage Days in years past has featured Ryan Innes from season five of NBC’s “The Voice” as well as the unveiling of a historical mural that hangs inside Nibley City Hall.
This year, the tradition of a children’s theater performance continues, directed by Emily Rigby.
“Many of the parents of this year’s participants were in the children’s theater show when they were children,” Wright said.
The performances will be on both Thursday and Friday, and Wright said that the theater has a long history of building confidence and leadership in the youth through performing arts.
Like in years past, a parade with candy, water guns, tractors, classic cars, bands and royalty will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22.
The community fun run and disc golf tournament will kick off the festivities the week before.
The fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. at Virgil Gibbons Heritage Park and the disc golf tournament begins at 11 a.m at Sunrise Meadows Disc Gold Course.
The Chalk art show will be at 6 p.m. June 19 with the children’s theater the following two days and a quilt show from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, June 21.
“There will be outdoor yoga on the morning of the fun run, and new kids’ loops where kids can run around with paper plate steering wheels to make the most laps,” Wright said.
On June 22, there will be bubble soccer, a gaga ball pit, nine-square, a climbing wall and a spike ball tournament for adults and teens.
“We always have a variety of carnival-type games along with historic games and activities enjoyed by early settlers,” Wright said. “There is great food, a fun folk band, vendor booths for shoppers and a water fight with the firefighters to wrap up the event.”
This year there will be a “longest and best” beard contest for the men with prizes that include thick-cut bacon, Wright said.
Throughout the day, the party in the park will have music, food, contests, dancing, fireworks and a youth dance. The mayor and City Council will be serving free ice cream before the fireworks.
“We will have more announcements on our social media pages, but ultimately, this is a short, exciting week for our community with activities for all ages, including traditional classic favorites and some fun new experiences designed to celebrate what’s great about living in Nibley,” Wright said.
More information, including parade entry and vendor application requests, can be found at nibleycity.com and on social media in the upcoming weeks.