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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Park Silly Market (June 13 - Sept 26)

  1. Park City's Historic Main Street Gets Silly From Top to Bottom
Park Silly Sunday Market Dedicates Kid's Activities Program

Park City's Historic Main Street welcomes back the Park Silly Sunday Market and will host the event each week beginning Sunday, June 13-September 26, 10am - 5pm. (With the exceptions of Saturday, July 3 to allow for the traditional 4th of July parade and on Sunday, August 8 for the Kimball Arts Festival.) The market organizers are excited to call Main Street home for the next many years after signing an extended service contract with the Park City Municipal to keep the event on Main Street.

Plentiful parking is available near the top of Main and in the China Bridge parking structure on Sweede Alley. Begin your day at the top of the street to visit the many small, locally owned stores who will host sidewalk sales and don rainbow windsocks to indicate "Silly Sunday Specials" in the restaurants and shops. The Park City Museum and galleries are open and the market hours have been extended to encourage patrons to enjoy the lovely evenings Park City offers.

The layout for the market is an indicator of the new dynamic relationship with Main Street. The entire street will be programmed with musical performances and entertainment throughout the day. Miner's Park will host morning classes such as yoga and Qigong. Just across the street is the new location for the 5th Street Farmers & Gourmet Market. Holistic Chef Jason Kieffer will offer a tour of the Farmers Market in the mornings prior to hosting the Chef Presentations on the Main Stage. A little further down the street in the pocket park dedicated to one of our fallen officers; Schreurs' Centennial Park will be transformed into Body~Mind~Peace Park and is the location to stop for an interesting health presentation, a quick massage, henna tattoo or tarot card reading. Cross Heber Avenue where you can safely hula hoop in the street if you wish and zig zag to see the variety of local vendor and artisan offerings. The food court and "Bloody Silly" beer garden, located at the bottom of the street, features a new bloody mary bar and the exciting addition of gourmet offerings from some Park City's finest restaurants.

On opening day, there will be a ceremony to dedicate the Kid's Activity Program to Park City's beloved councilman, Roger Harlan, who passed away unexpectedly in January of this year. "Roger had supported us from the very beginning, I still wear the shawl his daughter Lynn knit and sold at the market the first year." says Kimberly Kuehn, Co-founder of the market. "It was Roger's wish for us to keep the event on Main Street. He was our inspiration to bring it back. It means a lot to all of us, that together, with the support city and the Historic Main Street Business Alliance, we were able to make that wish come true." says Jewels Harrison, Executive Director and Co-Founder. When the group ran the new name by his wife, Marilyn, she laughed and said " His friends used to call him that and it certainly is silly!" The kid's program will take place on the Town Lift Plaza and will futhermore be known as " Roger Dodger Land" kid's activities.

Volunteer/Vendor, What's happening this week and 50/50/Free Park City Weekend Getaway Promotions visit www.ParkSilly.Org or call 435.655.0994.

FAST FACTS of the Park Silly Sunday Market; much of this data has been extracted from the economic analysis study conducted in 2009 by Economic Planning & Systems, Inc. (EPS) of Berkeley, CA.:

PSSM takes place on Sundays beginning June 13 - September 26 from 10am - 5pm with the exceptions of Saturday, July 3 to allow for the traditional 4th of July parade and on Sunday, August 8 for the Kimball Arts Festival.

PSSM signed a 7 year contract (3 years with 2-2 year automatic renewals) with Park City Municipal Corporation to host the event on Park City's Historic Main Street.

PSSM has seen a monumental increases in attendance each year since inception: 30,000 in 2007; 60,000 in 2008; 90,000 visitors in 2009! We anticipate another 30% increase in attendance this season.

PSSM is one of few free events on Sunday in the entire state. Each week features different vendors, entertainment, music and activities for kids and adults.

Market demographics: 65% locals from Park City, the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back.

Zero Waste goals have been surpassed: 2007 - 70% of waste was recycled; 2008 - 7.5 bags of trash to landfill; 2009 hosted 90,000 visitors and sent only 2 bags of trash to landfill.

Park Silly Sunday Market
The Park Silly Sunday Market is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create an eco-friendly open air market, street festival and commUnity forum to showcase all of the things that make Park City, Utah one of the finest places on our planet.

Park Silly Sunday Market takes place on Sundays, June 13 - September 26 from 10 am - 5pm on Park City's Historic Main Street.


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