SPRINGVILLE — Children's squeals carry from the carnival rides and linger with the smell of giant turkey legs, funnel cakes and, of course, scones that are a rich part of Springville Art City Days.
"They can't resist them. They'll line up in rainstorms and wait to get them," Kiwanis Club member Jerry Cluff said of the scones stand, run by the Kiwanis Club.
Art City days, which continues Saturday, kicks off a festival season that celebrates the history and joys of each town from each end of the state. Chuck Keeler, organizer of the festival, said Art City Days is a celebration of Springville for Springville residents.
“It’s a party Springville throws to celebrate itself,” he said, noting that the festival brings in about 80,000 people each summer.
“We still want to keep that flavor of the hometown activities, but we’ve been really fortunate to be able to expand it and break into more of the sought out entertainment or activities,” Keeler said.
Rod Oldroyd, operations manager for Springville, said Art City Days was one of the first city celebrations in the state, and especially in Utah County.
"Boy, it’s just a lot of fun," Oldroyd said. "It brings a lot of the residents out. You see a lot of people having fun, you see a lot of smiles."
Sarah Studdert, 18, and sisters Scottee, 16, and Ellie, 12, were enjoying the festival Friday afternoon.
Sarah Studdert said it's their fifth or sixth year attending the festival.
"It just shows your city spirit," she said. "It just kind of shows good-old Springville."
Ellie said she enjoys the carnival rides best.
Oldroyd said Art City days has been very successful, and the festival is bigger this year than it ever has been with about 90 booths.
With a range of activities from a carnival, parade, rodeo, art exhibits, and local performing artists, Keeler said every event is family-focused.
"I’ve been here 50 years, and it's been ever since I’ve been here, Cluff said. "It’s just a city planned recreation for the whole town.'
Cluff said the various activities of Art City Days like plays, art shows and art galleries give children of the community an experience in art.
"It brings all the children who’s interested in art together to learn something. The city puts on a lot of different things for the community on this program," he said.
Cluff said the festivals in Utah make each town and their particular qualities known to others.
"We’re considered the art town. It helps us let everybody else know we’re an art community and we have been an art community from way back," he said, adding that Springville is a community of service.
"We provide service. There’s a lot of service during Art City Days."
Gina Goddard came to Art City Days for the first time Friday from her hometown of South Jordan.
"I think they’re really fun and just a good way to get the community out and together," she said. "Especially for kids."
Art City Days is just one of many festivals sprinkled throughout the state bringing communities together to celebrate their communities.
Salt Lake City hosts a wide array of festivals and activities through the summer and into the fall, including a downtown farmers market every Tuesday and Saturday, the popular outdoor Twilight Concert Series, the Utah Arts Festival and Salt Lake Greek Festival, in addition to the annual Days of '47 Parade.
Other festivals throughout Utah include:
American Fork: Steel Days, July 12-19.
Brigham City: Peach Days, September 3-6.
Cedar Hills: Family Festival, June 21-28.Comment on this story
Draper: Draper Days, July 11- July 19.
Farmington: Farmington Festival Days , July 7-12.
Lehi: Lehi Roundup, June 21-30.
Logan: Summerfest Arts Faire, June 12-14.
Midway: Swiss Days, August 29-30.
Ogden: Arts Festival, June 13-14.
Payson: Onion days, August 29- September 1.
Park City: Kimball Arts Festival, August 1-3.
Pleasant Grove: Strawberry Days, June 16-22.
Provo: Freedom Days, Julye 3-5.
Sandy: Heritage Festival, September 13.
Spanish Fork: Fiesta Days, July 16-24.