For 10 days, their neighborhood is the most happening place in Utah.
Residents of the streets that border the Utah State Fairpark, 1000 West and 300 North, share their community every September with the hordes of Utahns that flock to the Utah State Fair.For some, that means excitement and the opportunity to see and meet all sorts of people. But others claim the traffic and noise from the late-night concerts are enough to drive one batty.
"I like it, but I know some people don't," said Deborah Magnuson, who lives just across the street from the main Fairpark entrance on 1000 West. "I just really enjoy sitting on the porch listening to the entertainment."
Magnuson's children are just a few of the neighbors on the block who park cars on their property to make a few extra bucks.
The same people park in her yard year after year, and that's because the children - who are after some extra money for school clothes - take good care of the cars.
"We never go to bed until the last one's gone," Magnuson said.
Jim Simmons, who lives around the corner from Magnuson on 300 North, also profits from the fair by parking cars on his lawn. But his complaint with the fair is that the grandstand bands, which usually play until at least 10 p.m., are unnecessarily noisy.
"The main bands are too loud. They need to have somebody monitor that," Simmons said.
Other than that, he doesn't mind the fair and even ventures over once or twice himself. Fair patrons are usually well-behaved and respectful of property, Simmons said.
Simmons' neighbor, Setaleki F. Mailau, sitting in a lawn chair looking at the cars crunched into spaces in front of his curb, said traffic is a problem.
As a thank-you to those who have to deal with the constant influx of people, fair administrators have been known to give out free passes to nearby residents.
"(The passes) are to let them know we appreciate them," said Tiffanie Sammons, spokeswoman for the Utah State Fair. "Most rally around the Fairpark because it brings community spirit."
Many residents in the area serve on the Fairpark Community Council and are able to give the administration feedback, Sammons said.
Upcoming Utah State Fair events:
Friday afternoon and evening Utah State Fair events:
3 p.m. - Tony Caputo's Market and Deli Easy Italian, demonstration (Lustre Craft Zion Building)
3:30 p.m. - Ronald McDonald (Gazebo)
4 p.m. - Cockatoo Circus (Family Fun Tent); Gordon Bullen, juggling and magic (Pioneer Building)
4:30 p.m. - Baking Stone Pizza and French Bread, demonstration (Lustre Craft Zion Building); Mary Beth, country singer (W. Centennial Village Stage)
5 p.m. - Beehive British Brass Band (Gazebo)
5:30 p.m. - Country Crock Family Muffin Marathon registration (contest at 6 p.m.) (Family Fun Tent); Jack Hart, hypnotist (Pioneer Building)
6 p.m. - Alta High Madrigals (Super Target South Plaza Stage); Utah Team Penning (Coors Arena)
6:30 - p.m. National Best Spam Recipe Contest registration (judging at 7 p.m.) (Lustre Craft Zion Building)
7 p.m. - Four Peaks Dancers, Navajo dancers (E. Centennial Village Stage); Jack Hart, hypnotist (Pioneer Building)
7:30 p.m. - Angie Biesinger, country singer (W. Centennial Village Stage)
8 p.m. - Lynyrd Skynyrd, classic rock (Pepsi Grandstand); Top Flight K-9s (Center Mall)
8:30 p.m. - Five a Day With Healthier Leonard, demonstration (Lustre Craft Zion Building); Christopher Fair, magic (Family Fun Tent); Jack Hart, hypnotist (Pioneer Building); Michael McLean, musical theatre (Gazebo)
9 p.m. - Kismet, belly dancing (Super Target South Plaza Stage)
9:30 p.m. - Dale Myerberg, yo-yo man (Family Fun Tent)