Enjoy the harvest without the backbreaking work.

Midvale's annual Harvest Days are in full swing, marking a week of civic festivity and fun."The celebration is called Harvest Days to remember the days when people in Midvale were harvesting their sugarbeets, hay and wheat this time of year," said city employee Joan Roberts, adding she never missed Harvest Days as a child.

The festivities began last weekend with several softball tournaments and the Miss Midvale Scholarship Pageant.

Anna Alexander claimed the title, with Rebekah Anderson and Juanita Martinez selected first and second attendants, respectively.

Nightly activities this week have included a dinner for area senior citizens, "Night Out Against Crime" activities and a public-safety fair sponsored by the Midvale police and fire departments.

On Wednesday, longtime Midvale resident and business owner Paul Christianson and the Union Community Council were inducted into Midvale's Hall of Honors.

Christianson has been a visible member of Midvale's community for the past 46 years as owner and pharmacist of Valley Drug, 7650 S. State. The father of six has also served on the city's beautification committee.

The Union Community Council was also honored for giving hundreds of volunteers a chance to participate in local government.

Activities planned include a hot dog and hamburger dinner Thursday at the Midvale City Park bowery, 350 W. 7500 South, followed by the popular annual bingo tournament. The food is inexpensive and the bingo's free, Roberts said.

Friday's events include a pasta dinner ($5 for adults, $3 for children) at the park bowery followed by the "Getting to Know You" Midvale Follies, a program designed to unite the city's diverse community.

A full day of festivities is scheduled Saturday, beginning with the annual Lions Club Breakfast in the park bowery from 7-10 a.m., a flag ceremony at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K run.

Runners can register for the 9 a.m. race from 8-8:45 a.m. at the starting line at Ft. Union Park, 700 E. 7350 South. Cost is $13 with T-shirt and $4 without.

The Harvest Days Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at 7500 S. State, running south to Center Street, 7720 South, then moving west to Midvale City Park.

Entertainment, food booths, and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament are included in Saturday's events in the park.

The 10 p.m fireworks show at Midvale Middle School, 138 Pioneer St., will close the celebration.

All events are being held at Midvale City Park, 350 W. 7500 South, with the exception of Saturday's 5K race and the evening fireworks show.