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First-Ever UVU Alumni Family Fun Fair Slated for Sept. 18

14 September 2010 4 Comments

September 14, 2010
For Immediate Release

For more information: Nicki Gilbert (801) 863-6469
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6351

The Utah Valley University Alumni Association will hold its first annual Family Fun Fair Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the UVU North Field, near the McKay Education Building, 1200 W. 800 South.

The day will be packed with activities for adults, kids and everyone in between, and will start off with a Pancake Breakfast at 8 a.m. Employees of the Alumni Center will be serving their famous green pancakes with ice cream. Tickets for the breakfast are free for alumni with their ID card, and $3 for general community. A family breakfast pass is available for $15 for alumni or $20 for the general public.

After the breakfast, there is a bike rally from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cyclists can register their bikes with the Orem Police Department, and Mad Dog Cycles will be doing safety inspections. Participants can then join the Bike Rodeo and learn safe biking, and then show off their stuff in the Bike Parade.

There will also be bikes for big kids. Motorcyclists of all types will rumble in at 10 a.m. to show off their wheels. The public will vote for their favorites in the following categories — touring, softail, foreign, sporters, antiques, custom paint and ladies bikes.

For those born to roast instead of ride, there will be a Dutch Oven Cook-off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be a one-pot competition featuring potatoes. UVU President Matthew S. Holland and his family will be competing too, so chefs are encouraged to bring their best recipe. Awards will go to the Judge’s Choice and the People’s Choice.

Throughout the day will be demonstrations of skills that students can acquire in the various programs offered at the University. A chef from the culinary arts program will be making ice carvings. Staff from the fire science program will bring a fire engine and turnout firefighter suits so children can dress up and get their picture taken. A candy drop will also be held from atop the fire engine. UVU’s aviation program will soar in with an airplane display for up-close peeks.

“We wanted to bring alumni and families back to campus to see how UVU has changed,” said Nicki Gilbert, alumni program manager.

For more information about any of the day’s activities, go to www.uvualumni.org/familyfair, or call Nicki Gilbert in the alumni office at 801-863-6469. The public is invited to all events. Parking is available at 1200 W. 800 S. in Orem.


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  • Shauna Roberts said:

    Wow, and we’re only finding out about this today — the DAY BEFORE THE EVENT?! How was this not posted to our website wayyyy before now?

  • newsroom said:

    Actually, the press release was posted on Tuesday September 14th, 2010. It was then highlighted on our home page as well in the media box on Wednesday, the 15th. It has also been on http://www.uvu.edu/volunteer/ for the same time span. I am not sure why you only saw it today.

  • Mike Rigert said:

    The event has also been listed on UV Announce for some time and has been advertised in other community publications.

  • Diana Manseau said:

    I took my family there at 1:15 and it was all closed up, nothing to do.. Traveled for over an hour to get there, just to find out it closed early…. very disappointed. Maybe there will be a better turn out next year, so you can stay opened the advertised times.

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