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Sugar City is getting ready to celebrate with the Sugar Days event this weekend

CITY OF SUGAR — City of Sugar residents will gather this Saturday at Heritage Park for Sugar Days, the annual event celebrating their community and its people.

The event brings together local families and businesses to honor the proud heritage of Sugar City and its people. It’s a day of games, food and fun for everyone.

“The idea is to bring the community together and celebrate the legacy of Sugar City and get everyone together to hang out and have a good time in the city park,” said Sugar City spokesperson Glenn Dayley, at EastIdahoNews.com. “We get local businesses to sponsor certain activities and things. It is a combination of heritage, historical celebration and family and business celebration.

The fun begins with a community breakfast at 7 a.m.

“We will have five or six different types of inflatable activities,” he said. “We will have inflatables, we will have an inflatable obstacle course and we will have inflatable bull riding activities. We will have carnival style games. We have it all and it’s all free for kids.

“We have vendors who will be out there selling different products or offering different services,” Dayley added. “We’ll have food or crafts, pretty much any type of whoever wants to open a stall there.”

Dayley said they still have room for vendors. Interested sellers can contact Sugar City City Hall at (208) 356-7561.

Adam Forsgren, EastIdahoNews.com

The highlight of Sugar Days 2022 will be the awards ceremony honoring notable Sugar City residents. Joyce Cromar will receive the Distinguished Citizen award. Cromar was tasked with keeping Sugar City Cemetery in Moody operational for 22 years. Recently, she was the driving force behind a fundraiser that raised $50,000 to replace a well pump at the cemetery.

“(Cromar) is an ideal resident,” Dayley said. “Over the years, she has always found ways to serve the city and the other citizens of the city on committees or by participating in the organization of activities. Anyone would be happy to have him as a neighbor or in their town.

Dave Thompson will receive the Public Servant of the Year Award. Until recently, Thompson served on the Sugar City Planning and Zoning Commission and devoted countless hours of service and hard work to improving the city.

“(Thompson) is a workaholic when it comes to the city and civil government and the running of the city,” Dayley said. “He was the head of planning and zoning and he put in many, many hours of his time, sacrificing a lot to help with everything from activities like Sugar Days to planning and zoning issues and controversies. He has done very well on everything he has done and he has a lot of knowledge and wisdom and a lot of connections with people in the area.

Dayley said events like Sugar Days are important to show appreciation for residents who have helped create the city’s heritage as well as what makes Sugar City a special place to live.

“I think the pioneer heritage and the small-town feel and feel has allowed people to thrive here and connect with their neighbors,” he said. “The community has remained strong all these years. We’re seeing a lot of growth, but even in the midst of all that growth, (Sugar City) has found a way to maintain that kind of close neighbor-to-neighbor relationship.

Sugar Days 2022 kicks off at 7 a.m. at Heritage Park in Sugar City with a community breakfast. The opening ceremony and awards ceremony are scheduled for 11 a.m. Activities and games are free to the public.

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Adam Forsgren, EastIdahoNews.com