AMERICAN FORK — The American Fork Steel Days committee has finished negotiations with several acts to perform at their annual Steel Days Big Show on July 19.

Nan Kuhn, a representative of the committee, presented the acts' contracts to the City Council this past week, all of which were approved.

"We have decided to start at about 5 o'clock this year and we are going to have four local bands play while people are arriving," said Kuhn, the director of the Big Show event.

After the local bands, the pre-show entertainers will take the stage. Local touring acts Drew Williams and J. Marc Bailey will both perform, as well as the nationwide touring a cappella group Eclipse.

"Eclipse is an a cappella group that started at BYU and is now professional," Kuhn said. "They are spread out a little now but they perform all year long and they are really good."

The headliner of the show will be The Return, a nationally respected tribute band.

"The Return is a Beatles tribute band, so we will be having a lot of fun Beatles music going on that night," Kuhn said.

In past years, the Big Show has had performances from Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband, Peter Breinholt, John Schmidt, the Little River Band and Diamond Rio.

The cost of this year's acts will be $20,000 combined, and more than half of that will be going to The Return. But only $20,000 appeared to be reasonable to members of the council.

"This is not very expensive compared to some years," said Mayor Thompson, who was pleased with the contracts.

Steel Days provides a variety of events for the family and people of all ages. Main events will include the City of Fun Carnival, picnic in the park, car show, grand parade and the concert.

Besides the main events, there will be many other events such as the baby contest, children's parade and the youth theater for the kids, while the teenagers can participate in the skating tournament and the battle of the bands.

The Big Show is the final event of the week, and usually the most popular. Tickets to the show will be $8.50 this year, with kids getting in for free. One of the main goals for the city is to try to find acts that will be family friendly.

"These acts are very economical and it appeals to a wide segment of our community," said Councilman Shirl LeBaron.

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