Planning is underway for Salina’s first annual Coal Days- a celebration honoring the area’s trucking and mining heritage. The festival is scheduled to be held Saturday, September 24 in Salina, in conjunction this year with the Rocky Mountain Trucking Association’s Antique Truck Show held at Robinson’s antique truck yard.
Members of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting the event, but are asking assistance from all local businesses, groups, clubs, and citizens to help make the weekend successful.
“I can’t do it alone, and we’d really like to make this into something wonderful for our community,” said Chamber President Carol Lowman at a meeting held Thursday, August 4. “The Chamber’s Board of Directors came up with several ideas, but we’d like more input, and certainly assistance in implementing any plans. We want it to have a festival atmosphere while honoring our local mining and trucking heritage.”
Bounce houses, relays, games, and informational booths will be set up at the Salina City Park from 11-4. Barney Trucking will have a coal truck on location with photo opportunities, and Nelson Sunbeam Coal has donated 2 tons of lump coal as a contest prize. Western Protectors will sponsor a chili cook-off, Redmond Minerals will likely offer mine tours as well as other games and activities, and SUFCO, Robinson Transport, and other local businesses have also pledged support.
In addition, a parade of trucks, both antique and modern, will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the route tentatively planned from the CCC Buildings at the top of Main Street to the Robinson truck parking. Nothing will be thrown from the parade entrants, including candy. A blacksmith, panning for gold, a bike rally, and a poker run were other activities tentatively planned on.
The events hosted by the Chamber will be free of charge, and event organizers are still looking for vendor booths and even some concessions- sno cones, cotton candy- maybe a hamburger/hot dog lunch, popcorn, etc., that could be sold for a minimal fee, and perhaps even entertainment by local talent groups.
“We’d love to have everybody get involved,” said Lowman. “We’ve only got a few weeks left to get things solidified, so we will need to know what everyone is doing by Friday, August 19 so we can start advertising.”
For more information or to schedule an activity, contact Carol Lowman, Chamber President at (435) 201-4997 or Sherri Sampson, Chamber Secretary, at Utah Independent Bank (435) 529-7459.