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Historic Walk to Explore the Stories of Midway and Preserve a Rural Future
The Midway Volksmarch fundraising event is a perfect kick-off to the beautiful fall season. Join us for the 4th Annual Midway Volksmarch and earn a new collector’s stocknagel (pronounced shtewknaygl, also known as a walking stick medallion)!
Proceeds from the Volksmarch will help us to preserve Midway's priceless rural spaces that are worth saving. Our current projects include Mountain Spa and the Kohler Dairy as well as many in progress. Our route map will highlight the progress we are making, but preservation can only be done with your support – so THANK YOU for putting your money where your heart is and helping to preserve the Midway we all love!
Volksmarching is a European tradition that involves people of all ages in a fun, non-competitive walk to bring people together and highlight what makes their town unique. We are continuing this tradition in our Midway Swiss Mountain Village. Midway's Volksmarch will take walkers past historic homes, barns, unique geologic features as well as our quaint businesses on Main Street, to the top of our iconic Memorial Hill and back to Midway Town Square for a festive fall party with live music, European food, booths, activities, games and more.
Local artist Robert Duncan, has shared his painting “Anniken and the Cows” to show some things are worth saving and Quinn Calder, whose photographs depict rural Midway. Both have contributed prints to sell which have captured the essence of rural Midway, which we are striving to preserve for future generations.
There will be cow bells, walking sticks, Calder’s print, Duncan's posters and more for sale at the event. You won’t want to miss out on the incredible prizes at the opportunity drawing!
You’ll receive a wristband at check-in which will give participants special discounts on meals and retail items that local businesses plan to offer. So be sure to make this a weekend event and explore the many great things Midway has to offer. Consider any of our amazing places to stay including the Zermatt, Blue Boar Inn or the historic Homestead Resort (currently being updated and preserved).
**There is also a historical mile walk for those who may need a shorter route on paved roads.
**Your registration includes a stocknagel (walking stick medallion) and the opportunity to help preserve Midway's rural spaces.
CHECK-IN: 9:30 am - 11:00am at Midway Town Square and goes until 11:00 am.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.
START TIME: 10:00 am - Official Volksmarch kick off with help from our local farm animals.
COURSE: The paths will be on a combination of asphalt and hard-packed road base. Pick your “Pathway to Preservation” from 2 available routes, which meander through Midway along neighborhood streets and roadways where, at times, you will be walking on the shoulder. Please be sure to obey all pedestrian rules of the road. Strollers and wheelchairs are fine, but may be difficult if you choose to go up Memorial Hill.
Bring your walking stick or purchase one at the event. We will have a station to attach your new stocknagel! Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and any other items you will need. Lederhosen is welcome and encouraged!
Route 1: Discover what Preserve Midway helped save with your support. This path takes you through an experience of old Midway and new. Leading you to two recently preserved historic spots - Mountain Spa and the Kohler’s Heber Valley Dairy. Plan on walking rural paths. This route can be completed in about 1-2 hours depending on your pace.
Route 2: Historic Mile: This loop can be completed in about 30 minutes, but if you take time to read the historic stories and breaks to eat and shop at our quaint shops and eateries, you could spend all day.
PARKING: Parking will be available at the LDS church on 165 N Center St, Midway. You will receive an email as the event approaches with parking details.
**PLEASE walk, bike, or carpool to Town Square to keep traffic minimal on the walking routes.
FESTIVITIES: Join us for a festive celebration upon completion of your route. Help us raise funds by entering our Opportunity Drawing (Raffle) for amazing prizes and shop at our Merchandise Booth (walking sticks with medallions, T-shirts, Preservation Artwork, Pins and more). There will be live music, food, and bounce houses. Com have FUN! Booths and festivities will go until 2:00pm. Feel free to join in even if you weren't able to complete the walk. There will be something for everyone!
PET POLICY: Although we love our furry friends, they are not allowed at Town Square.
DOWNLOAD: The route is detailed on the Utah Heritage Walks app and we encourage you to download the free app for enhanced route details and the historic Stories of Midway. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/utah-heritage-walks/id913495313
HOSTED BY: This event is hosted by Preserve Midway (501c3), Midway Historic Preservation Committee, and the American Volkssport Association (AVA). www.historicmidwayutah.org www.ava.org www.preservemidway.org
Thanks to The Heber Valley Tourism for a generous advertising grant! www.gohebervalley.com
ABOUT: Preserve Midway is dedicated to thoughtful growth and providing education regarding agricultural and rural preservation aspects. The volunteer group has helped with zoning initiatives and bond efforts to promote rural preservation and has saved over 200 acres with more in the works. We could not do this without your support! www.preservemidway.org
Midway Historic Preservation Committee has been instrumental in gathering the histories and stories you will learn abou. www.midwaycityut.org/Historic-Preservation-Committee
DONATIONS: Please consider making a charitable donation to Preserve Midway and have that donation DOUBLED thanks to a matching grant from The Market at Park City.
**NOTE for AVA Members: You can just show up at the AVA registration table day of event.
A huge thank you to all our awesome sponsors! Without their support, this Volksmarch would not be possible. Please stop in and visit and support them!
** Invite your family and friends, choose your “ Pathway to Preservation,” and come out for the fun - rain or shine!
Support each other, Support local businesses and Support rural preservation efforts!
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