Step right up, ladies and gentlepeople. Utah Valley has a booth for you. Whether you are thirsty, patriotic, laughable or just plain ready to listen, take a stand — because this land is your land.
Darrell Anderson & Shawn Lucas
Lindon native and Apiary Fund founder Shawn Lucas and his business partner, Darrell Anderson of Cedar Hills, will be embarking on a cross-country cycling trip this July to prove it’s possible to make significant income through currency trading. The ambitious duo (along with Shawn’s wife and eight children following by bus) will be funded solely by profits from Shawn’s daily trading account. Follow their trading tour, Pedals and Profits, mile by mile and penny by penny at pedalsandprofits.com.
The Stadium of Fire is the crowning and crooning event of America’s Freedom Festival in Provo. Utah Valley puts on a clinic of patriotism throughout the 25 events of the Freedom Festival, and Executive Director Paul Warner is the man behind the curtain. For seven years, Paul has been flying the flag for the event, which has roots back to the 1870s. Other festival highlights include the balloon launch on July 3-5, the Grand Parade on July 4, and the Colonial Fest on July 3-5.
Emily Burmester brings the magic of folklore and not-so-fairy-tales to Utah County as the graphic artist and office support for the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. Celebrating 25 years of colorful story sharing, the 2014 festival promises a trip around the world via your imagination. The best storytellers in the country fly in to share their talents at the Mt. Timpanogos Park (mouth of Provo Canyon) and SCERA Shell. And that’s a true tall tale.
BYU journalism grad Ryan Hamilton is coming up laughs on the national comedy circuit. The native of Ashton, Idaho, has won numerous comedy competitions including The Great American Comedy Festival and Sierra Mist’s America’s Next Great Comic Search. Recently, he appeared on Conan to rave reviews. He’s known for bringing good, clean fun to the stage — including a two-night run at Wiseguys in West Valley last month.
James Arrington is fiddling around at Sundance this summer as the director of the summer theater production. “Fiddler On The Roof” will play July 24-Aug. 16 on the outdoor stage above the resort.
James is best known for his plays about the Farley family and LDS cultural quirks. This actor, director, playwright and scholar makes his day-to-day home in the Department of Theatrical Arts for Stage and Screen at UVU.
Sarah Wiley is one of four responsible for making Provo noisier. In 2010, Sarah, along with C. Jane Kendrick, Mindy Gledhill and Justin Hackworth gave themselves a mission call to bring more people to downtown Provo. Years later, crowds rock and roll on the first Friday night of every summer month as bands sing from the rooftops. The July 4 lineup includes Summertime Blues and Bat Manors.