Subject: Western Mining & Railroad Museum's 5th Annual
Heritage Week needs you...
Date: Fri, May 23, 2008 1:58 pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2008
STEP BACK OVER 100 YEARS AND SEE THE "BLACK SHEEP OF UTAH"
HELPER, UTAH'S FIFTH ANNUAL HERITAGE WEEK
Howdy to all --
June 2-7, 2008 is Helper's
5th Annual Heritage Week. Started by the Western Mining & Railroad Museum, Heritage Week
has grown to be such a popular event that it drew the attention of True
West Magazine and led to Helper, Utah becoming the 2006 #10 Top Ten
True Western Town and then jumped to become 2007's #1 Top Ten True Western
Known as the "Black Sheep of Utah," Helper's Heritage Week
celebrates its' unique and colorful history of Iron Horses, Black Diamonds,
Blazin' Six Guns, Outlaws and more Bars and Brothels than Churches!
Usually Heritage Week is filled with historical, educational and entertainment
events, but this year the committee went above and beyond. "We have
pulled in speakers, events and sponsors from all over the Utah to provide
entertainment promoting Helper's unique history," said Darrin Teply,
event coordinator, sponsor and re-enactor.
Events start off Tuesday, June 3, 2008 with a caravan tour of the
area's Ghost Towns and offers a preview of Museum Director SueAnn Martell's
2nd book Coal Camps of Eastern Utah, available later this year in
September. Thursday, June 5, 2008 is the 2nd Annual Bordello Ball
with outlaw and lawman historian Joel Frandsen followed by a wild
auction that raises money for the Western Mining & Railroad Museum Expansion
Project. Dinner is served by the E. Clampus Vitus Matt Warner Chapter.
Advanced tickets are required to the Bordello Ball. Friday, June 6 and
7th will be the 1st Annual Helper Model Railroad Show starring the
Ophir Tintic Western Model Railroad Club with some amazingly expansive model
railroad setups. Friday, June 6 is also our Old West Evening Outdoors
with famed Helper band Hillbilly
Voodoo with other performers, Cowboy Poets and food available.
Saturday, June 7th is our biggest day where we take over Helper's Main
Street. Starting off with an Old West Chuckwagon Breakfast at the
Balance Rock Eatery, as part of our expansive Family Heritage Day,
we also have guided museum tours, Old West Hollywood Smoky Blank Shootouts
in the street by the Balanced Rock Regulators, Mining Safety demonstrations
by West Ridge Coal Mine, and the University of Utah Marriott Library Special
Collections Photograph Exhibit on the Immigrants of Carbon County. During
Family Heritage Day, food, vendors and a Helper Merchant's Sidewalk
sale will also be occurring. To finish the day off we are having our 1st
Annual Bordello Bed Race where we have teams compete with themed racing
beds down Helper's Main Street.
It's not too late to sponsor this event, become a vendor or enter a Racing
Bed for our 5th Annual Heritage Week. Current up-to-date details of events,
locations, Heritage Week sponsors, entry forms and Heritage Week's history
can be found at DestinationHelper.com,
by using the contact information below, calling the Western Mining &
Railroad Museum at (435) 472-3009 or by downloading
Even if you can't sponsor Heritage Week or feel you don't have the "legs"
for a Bordello Bed Race, come and see the event that brought international
attention to Helper, Utah and the Western Mining & Railroad Museum and
brings in repeat tourists year after year from locations as far away as
Las Vegas and California! Admission to most events is free, but donations
are appreciated and turn of the century costumes are encouraged, but not
-- Darrin Teply
Helper: a division of
Teply Graphic Arts & Publishing, LLC
50 A Street
Helper, Utah 84526
Phone: 435.472.6666 | Fax: 472.6667
See the gun-slingers who help to keep the Old West
alive in Helper, Utah -- the #1 True Western Town of 2007!