If you've never seen a miniature parade, Lehi is a good place to be this weekend. After all, tiny floats are hard to come by.
The Lehi Round-up got under way this week and will continue through Saturday with the traditional rodeo, a carnival, a 10K run, and of course, the miniature parade.The parade starts at 6 p.m. Friday from Wines Park and will move south down First East toward Main Street. There will be an encore at 10 a.m. Saturday on the same route, and more than 1,000 people are expected to participate.
The floats in the parade must be no more than 8 feet high, 10 feet long and 8 feet wide. The little creations are such a novelty that other Utah cities often rent them for their own parades, said Suzanne Christofferson, chairman of the Round-up special events committee.
"There's a lot of love that goes into those floats. They take a lot of time and effort to put together," she said.
The floats will be pulled by local children. Each of the 11 floats in Friday's parade required work by eight to 15 people.
"They just enjoy doing it," Christofferson said. "It's something that's just been a tradition in Lehi, and parents like to have their kids pull the floats."
The week-long celebration has something for everyone. Thursday, a sidewalk sale will be set up downtown until 6 p.m., a fine arts tea and awards ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the old Lehi Junior High band room, and the rodeo will hold family night. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Tickets for adults will be $6. The rodeo starts at 8 p.m. nightly through Saturday.
A chuck wagon breakfast will be served from 6 to 9 a.m. Saturday at Wines Park. The 10K run begins at 8 a.m. in Wines Park, and the second showing of the parade is at 10 a.m. A fine arts display will be held from noon to 6 p.m. in the City Building. The carnival and boutique will begin after the parade on the football field west of the Lehi City Library.
The 51st annual celebration will focus on aspects of the community of which Lehi residents are most proud, Christofferson said.