GARLAND – By Cari Doutre – July 6, 2020
There isn’t a city or town in Box Elder County that didn’t have to modify or cancel their annual summer celebrations all-together this year to meet current state restrictions and guidelines during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Garland City decided to hold their annual Wheat and Beet Days celebration this year but scaled down their celebration to just one day. The celebration will be held Saturday, July 11, at the Garland City Park.
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Garland City Mayor Todd Miller wasn’t ready to pull the plug completely on Wheat and Beet Days this year, as discussed during the May 22, Garland City Council meeting. Find that discussion in this previously posted article by BRVNEWS.com below:
“For me it’s like saying, ‘hey, we’re not defeated here.’ We might be modifying but we’re still really happy to be Garland citizens,” Miller said.
There are still changes to the 2020 schedule – most notable are several cancelled events.
2020 Wheat and Beet Days cancelled events:
· Miss Bear River Valley Scholarship Competition
· Garland Children’s Charity Theater production
· Wheat and Beet Days parade
· Little Miss and Lil Mr. baby contests
· Inflatable bounce houses and misc. activities
· Garland Fire Department water fight
· Saturday morning Garland Public Library breakfast
· Cook shack
· All-Star baseball and softball games
· Movie in the park
· Wheat and Beet Days children’s parade
· Watermelon eating contest
· Dutch oven contest
One thing that remains the same for Wheat and Beet Days in 2020 is keeping the city’s annual Wheelon Award recognition and honor going this year. Recipients of the Wheelon Award are honored for their service and dedication to Garland City throughout the years.
The 2020 Wheelon Award recipients are Lee and Lanette Sorensen. A complete article on the Sorensen’s will be posted soon at BRVNEWS.com.
As the day of celebration comes to an end on Saturday night, Garland City will be closing out the 2020 Wheat and Beet Days with a bang – their annual fireworks show at 10 p.m.
“I don’t want to go any lower than fireworks only,” said Miller. “There’s no reason to cancel fireworks.”