Event includes games, contests, rides and foodThis year's Summerfest in Orem features some old favorites and some new excitement as the city's annual celebration takes place Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13.

The second annual squaring-off-on-the-softball-diamond between Orem city and Provo begins at 5:45 p.m. in the City Center Park at 250 E. Center.Preceded by the baby contest, and followed by a community dance for all ages and a high school game between Timpanogos and Mountain View, the softball game promises to bring good-natured rivalry on the field to a climax.

"We've learned the definition of a ringer," said Councilman David Palfreyman at a recent council meeting. "We'll be bringing a few of our own this year."

In addition, on Friday, there are a variety of activities planned at the park, including the "Taste of Orem" sampling event, a craft boutique, carnival rides for children, a golf chipping course and a three-point basketball shoot.

On Saturday, a community pancake breakfast, prepared by the Orem Rotary Club, opens the festivities at 7:30 a.m.

A 5K run begins at 8 a.m. at the City Center.

Hot air balloons lift off from the area of 300 East and 400 North between 6 and 8 a.m., followed again by activities in the park and the talent festival.

Talent Festival performers include ventriloquist Ken Karter, the Spell Bound Belly Dancers, vocalist Patti Miner, the Miss Orem and Miss Utah Valley State College royalty, the Kathy Higby Dance company, "Pals," the Tanny Petterson Performers, Fire & Ice, Fire on the Mountain, the Utah Valley Skyline Barbershop Men's Chorus and American Indian dance troupe "Tribe of Many Feathers."

Free magic shows for children are scheduled between 1 and 2 p.m. and again between 3 and 4 p.m.

Free craft classes for youngsters ages 5-12 will be every 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Free samples of the fare being created in the Old West Dutch Oven Cook-off can be picked up around 4 p.m., just prior to the judging at 5:30 p.m.

A children's parade is at 6:45 p.m., beginning at 400 E. Center St.

The official Summerfest Parade, led by the Utah Jazz Bear and Jazz Dancers and including a fly-over by a pair of F-16 jets, will begin at 7 p.m. from 400 South and 800 East.

Fireworks finish off the 1998 festivities, beginning at 10 p.m.

For more information or Summerfest pamphlets, call 229-7508 or 229-7194.