A number of activities are planned in Delta this weekend to celebrate the second birthday of the nation's youngest national park, Great Basin National Park.

"What makes this park especially nice is that it's the closest national park to Salt Lake City," said Dr. Robert Starr Waite, who has been declared the "father" of the national park by a Utah legislative proclamation. "This celebration of the park is easily the highlight of the year in Delta," he said.The Great Basin National Park is located 90 miles from Delta just across the border in Nevada.

The activities will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, at the Delta City Park with an antique car show. A gun show, art show, antique farm exhibit and a rock show will also be on display both days at the Delmart building, 278 W. Main. Grand opening ceremonies will be at noon in the city park, and food concessions will be available. The exhibits will be displayed Friday and Saturday.

At 7 p.m. Friday, the city will have a program with entertainment and speakers. Free bowling will be available both days, and a taxidermy exhibit will be on display at the Christensen Department Store.

Saturday morning, a chuck wagon breakfast will be from 7 to 9 a.m. A horse show will begin at 8 a.m., and a marathon will start at 8:30 a.m.

One of the highlights of the celebration will be a parade on Delta's Main Street at 10 a.m. Saturday. Following the parade, children's games will be held in the park. At noon, Gov. Norm Bangerter will speak during another program.

After the governor's speech, sky-diving exhibitions will be held. At 6 p.m. and old-fashioned barbeque will be held at the park and a family entertainment program will begin at 7 p.m.

Following Saturday's program, Waite will present a slide show of the national park, and a dances will be held at Delta High School and the Delta City Park. Tours to Great Basin National Park will also be available.

For more information, call the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, 864-4316.