♪Tradition♪! Tradition!! Park City loves them! One of our most revered local traditions will be celebrated next Monday, September 3rdfor the 121sttime. While the rest of the country is observing Labor Day, we will once again claim it to be Miners’ Day! Park City was built on the blood, sweat, and tears of miners; so naturally, we have a deep appreciation for the toiling workers who founded our town. The level of admiration that we hold for those courageous men and women is boundless. We have named our schools, streets, canyons, trails, and buildings after them. Extensive effort has gone into the preservation of many old mining structures that can be seen dotting many of the ski hills so that tourists and locals alike will never forget Park City’s rich mining history. Park City’s Miners Day celebrates who we were, who we are, and who we want to become.
Far more than a massive parade
Miners’ Day is more than a massive parade; it’s an all-day spectacle. The day begins early in City Park with a pancake breakfast and the Funky 5K run. From there everyone moves up to Main Street to witness the not-so-internationally-renowned Running of the Balls. Over 9,000 bright yellow tennis balls will be released to stampede down Main Street. The first ball to cross the finish line wins prizes for its owner, including season passes at ski resorts, vacation stays in local hotels, and more. All the money raised from this adrenaline-soaked race will be donated to local non-profits, so join the fun and buy a ball!
Immediately following the Running of the Balls, the Miner’s Day Parade will start down Main Street and Park Ave. The parade ends in City Park where there will be a barbeque lunch, beverages, games for the kids and live music.
Mucking and Drilling
The Mucking and Drilling competition is a demonstration of the gritty, challenging work the miners did. In the City Park parking lot, you can watch competitors from around the mountain west tackle the machinery and techniques used by the early mining industry. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen. The last event of the day is the Skateboard Bowl Jam. Watch athletes, both amateur and professional, fly through the bowls of the skateboard park getting huge air and doing tricks that amaze.
Miner’s Day Celebration Schedule
|7:30-9:30am||Miners’ Day Breakfast||City Park|
|8:00am||Miners’ Day 5k Run||City Park|
|10:45am||Running of the Balls||Main Street|
|11:00am||Miners’ Day Parade||Main Street|
|11:45-5:00pm||Music in the Park||City Park|
|12:00-2:00pm||Barbeque Lunch||City Park|
|12:00-4:00pm||Fun in the Park kids’ activities||City Park|
|12:30-1:00pm||Kids Games||City Park|
|2:00-3:30pm||Mucking and Drilling Competition||City Park|
|3:00-6:00pm||Skateboard Bowl Jam||Skateboard Park|
The members of the Chin-MacQuoid-Fleming-Harris family are looking forward to seeing you at this years Miners’ Day celebration. It’s a 121 years of history packed into one day a year that honors Park City’s humble beginnings. Join us in partying like a miner!