Saturday, September 11, 2010, inaugurates the inception of the first annual Carmel Mountain Music and Arts Festival taking place at the Thunderbird Golf Course in Mt. Carmel Junction, located 12 miles east of Zion National Park. Presented by Dixie State College, CEBA, the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts and the Thunderbird Resort, the festival will feature everything from arts and crafts to a farmer’s market to live entertainment.

Highlights of the event include live dance performances by the St. George Contemporary Dancers at 1 and 6 p.m., live music at 4 p.m. by the Katch, and headlining the festival is the band Cold Creek at 7 p.m. Cold Creek, Utah’s premier bluegrass band, will present a captivating blend of traditional and progressive bluegrass, featuring original tunes, tight harmonies, incredible picking and playing, and interesting arrangements.

In addition to the spectacular entertainment and fun there will be a 9/11 tribute and fundraiser to honor our friend and fallen hero, Kane County Sheriff Deputy Brian Harris. Deputy Harris commemorative t-shirts will be available for sale and all proceeds from fundraising activities will be administered by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office for benefit of the Harris family.

Festivities kick-off at noon with the “Soup City” soup cook-off, arts and crafts, a farmer’s market, and live painting demonstrations with a wet painting show and sale hosted by the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts. Closest-to-the-hole golf contests will take place throughout the day and a golf cart will be awarded to the first person to hit a 160-yard hole-in-one shot. There will also be a Rocky Mountain Oyster feast, booths and games, a car/motorcycle show and shine and plenty of vendor food booths.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The fun-filled day will have something entertaining and memorable for everyone to enjoy. The festival has been designated as a Dixie State College Centennial Event and is FREE to the public.

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Harris family and we appreciate the support and participation of our sponsors and the efforts of all the volunteers who are making this event possible for everyone to enjoy” said Commissioner Daniel Hulet, Board Chair of the Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA).

Event sponsors include CEBA, Thunderbird Resort and Golf Course, Dixie State College, Kane County Office of Tourism, Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area, White Mountain Trading Post, the Town of Orderville and Kane County.

“We are happy to celebrate the heritage of Mount Carmel and are honored to pay tribute to Deputy Harris and his contributions to our community” explained Ed Myers of the Thunderbird Resort and Golf Course. Myers continued, “Brian was extremely supportive of the festival and we hope the event promotes continued community unification and healing.”

For more information about the festival visit www.cebakanecounty.org or call 435- 899-0443.