Just for the record, West Valley residents really do have a full-fledged community celebration of their own: Westfest.

It's a good 'un, too. Three days filled with music, art, athletic events, fireworks, a parade and a Dutch oven-cooking competition.And it's scheduled for Thursday through Saturday at both Granger Park, 3500 S. 3600 West, and Centennial Park, 5400 W. 3100 South.

Organizers of the 1998 Westfest Celebration were a bit worried that their event may have gotten lost in the news that West Valley City was bidding to become the home of the annual Utah Arts Festival.

Then there was that humorous little flap last month when city officials jokingly suggested they were also interested in hosting the Park City Arts Festival, the Cannes Film Festival and the Festival of the American West.

(Some folks didn't get the joke and took all that seriously!)

But Westfest is back, and it's bigger than ever following the decision to expand the celebration to two locations and add several athletic events to an already extensive lineup of activities.

There is no admission charge for any of the Westfest events and competitions.

The community festival will feature three days of continuous entertainment on three stages. The talent competition will be held Friday night, and the annual Westfest Parade on Saturday.

New to the celebration this year are the Dutch Oven Cook-off at Centennial Park Saturday and a number of athletic events including a 5-kilometer run, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a tennis tourney and a figure-skating competition and exhibition at the Acord Ice Sheet.

The fireworks shows have also been expanded, and there will now be a "fireworks preview" on Thursday night in addition to a larger display Friday and the grand finale pyrotechnics show Saturday.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the 1998 Westfest Parade will roll out of the Valley Fair Mall parking lot and wend its way to Granger Park via Lancer Way, Market Street and 3500 South.

Unlike most celebrations of this magnitude, Westfest is not a city function, although the West Valley City Parks Department and the Salt Lake County Recreation Department are listed among its sponsors.

It is run by Westfest International, a nonprofit organization made up of community volun-teers.

Hours of the celebration are from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25; and from noon to 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27.

For additional information, call Sherrie Willden at 886-9351 about the talent competition; Kevin Conde at 966-3600 about the Dutch oven-cooking contest; and John Warnas at 886-9351 about the parade.

Call Todd Bean at 966-3600 for information about the athletic events and LaRene Carlson at 886-9351 about the entertainment.

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Additional Information

Westfest entertainment schedule

Time Stage One Stage Two

THURSDAY, June 25, 1998

5:00 West Valley City Royalty

6:00 Native American Performers L.A. Dance Company

7:00 Dancing Maxinettes

8:00 Paul Brewer's Magical Entertainment "America Sings" Musical Revue

9:00 Angie Biesinger and the

Hardly Working Band

Stage Three

5:30 Spotlight Sensations

6:30 Onstage Productions

7:30 Good Vibrations and Footloose

8:30 Escapade and Standout

9:30 FX

FRIDAY, June 26, 1998

3:00 Orgill Family Singers

4:00 Castleview Dancers Aubri and Ashley

5:00 Reflections of Diversity West Valley City Royalty

6:00 Elite Academy Dance Studio Talent Showcase Competition

(Senior Division)

7:00 Los Hermanos de Los Andes

8:00 Paul Brewer's Magical Entertainment "American Sings" Musical Revue

9:00 Kairo By Night

Stage Three

2:30 The Polynesians of San Jose

3:30 Shelley's School of Dance 4:30 Three of Hearts

5:30 Chazez Voice Technique

6:30 Polynesia

7:30 Stage Right Theater

8:30 Concord Mahoney

SATURDAY, June 27, 1998

12:00 Junior Jazz Dance Smooth Sailing - Karaoke with

John & Orlando Archuletta

1:00 Miss Margene's Creative West Valley City Royalty

Generation Musical Theater

2:00 Castleview Performing Co. Talent Showcase Competition

(Children's Division)

3:00 Miss Margene's Creative

Generation Musical Theater

4:00 Debra Bonner Speech Level Spotlight Sensations

Singing Academy

5:00 Mexican Fiesta Dancers

6:00 Voyage Productions Talent Showcase Competition

Latin American, Native American, Finals

Polynesian (cultural dances) (Junior and Senior Division)

7:00 Elvis On Tour

8:00 Westfest Awards Ceremony "America Sings" Musical Revue

9:00 Fire Baton Twirling

Stage Three

12:00 Tongan Society Dancers

1:30 Triple Double

2:30 Intermountain Country Dance Assn.

3:30 Range Fire Country Band

4:30 Hypnosis in the Howes - by Kenneth Howes

6:30 Liahona Band

7:30 Norm

8:30 Spotlight Dance Troupe

9:30 Time Cruisers