Art exhibits, music, activities for children, food and fun are scheduled this week at the 33rd annual Tooele Arts Festival at Aquatic Center Park.
“With the numerous entertainment acts, coupled with all the other activities, we are excited about this year’s festival,” said Kaye Christensen Beeny, chair of the community event.
Events run Thursday through Saturday, and 50 artists are scheduled to be on hand with displays featuring paintings to pottery to photography and more. The park is located at 200 W. Vine, Tooele.
A children’s art yard for kids up to 14 years of age will be held at the pavilion beginning at noon on Thursday until 5 p.m. It starts again at noon Friday until 6 p.m. and runs on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
“Over the course of three days, kids will enjoy finger puppets, color wands, superhero shields and a host of other activities,” Beeny said.
Activities for adults ramp up on Thursday with a performance by the country duo Buckaroo Balladeers at 4 p.m. and a performance from the classic rock band Backwood at 5 p.m.
Beeny said Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox will deliver a keynote address at a Flag Day ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday. Next, Tooele City Mayor Debbie Winn will sing the National Anthem after a presentation of the colors by Cub Scout Troop Pack 4724.
“We are especially honored that Lt. Gov. Cox will visit our community and are looking forward to a large turnout,” Beeny said.
Battle of the Bands is scheduled for Friday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Singer-songwriter Nick Whitesides will next take the stage at 6 p.m. with the country-rock group Jana & the Rebels on stage at 7 p.m. Rock group Dirty Harry will close out the night with an 8:30 p.m. performance.
The winner of the Battle of the Bands is slated to perform on Saturday at 2 p.m. Slim Chance & His Psychobilly Playboys are set for 3 p.m. followed by Wild Country at 4 p.m., Two Weeks Notice at 5 p.m. and Ghost Town Jury at 6 p.m.
Blues-rock group Vintage Overdrive is slated for 7 p.m.
Tooele’s own Carver Louis and his band will close out the festival playing from 8-10 p.m. Saturday.
“With all the trees and the weather fully cooperating, the park is an ideal place for families and friends to gather for a few hours,” Beeny said.
She said international food vendors will offer a wide range of meals, treats and drinks throughout the three-day community event.
Beeny said K-Bull 93 radio station will set up a remote site at the festival on Saturday.