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Blacktop Knight

Emery County introduces an exciting, new community event-a "Blacktop Knight." The event, presented by Emery County Recreation District in partnership with the Emery County Arts Council, embraces a medieval theme with entertainment, games, prizes, medieval shows and dinner. This big event will be held on the blacktop surface of 100 North in Castle Dale on May 27 from 6 p.m.-midnight and all are welcome. 100 North and 100 East streets will be closed to traffic during these hours to accommodate all the activities. Tyrell Jewkes, creator and chairman of the event, hopes to make it an annual celebration that will become bigger each year.

"It's a summer kick-off party," says Jewkes. He continues, "Our goal as an organizing committee is to create a fun experience unlike any other for both young and old to memorialize. That's why we've added a medieval theme to nearly every activity. There might even be some medieval characters visiting the event." Jewkes believes that with nearly 150 volunteers involved in coordinating, not to mention cast members and entertainers scheduled to appear, that the event will be an astounding celebration.

This year the event features a low cost medieval style "Feast" that includes food served in the medieval period. Strolling minstrels and actors in medieval character and costume will roam the street. The evening concludes with a theatrical stage production and appearance by local band "Hitch." Arrangements have also been made for pedestal jousting, castle bounce houses, bingo, horseless polo, goldfish moat, Dance Dance Revolution, and dozens of other activities for residents of all ages. Vendors and booths will also comprise what the event calls "Faire of Camelot."

Commissioner Drew Sitterud, member of the Blacktop Knight Organizing Committee, states, "I hope everyone gets out and supports Blacktop Knight and that we can make it an annual event. The organizing committee has put a lot of work into this full evening of events with something for everyone, and we feel it will be a good thing. This is one you don't want to miss."

Mark your calendar for the evening of May 27 and plan to attend the first annual Blacktop Knight gala. Information about the event and how to get involved is available at city and county government offices, libraries, and online at

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