Miner’s Day celebration: The Running of the Balls

Posted at 4:40 PM, Sep 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 19:18:51-04

PARK CITY, Utah - Thousands of families celebrated more than just Labor Day, they kicked off Park City's Miners’ Day!

It honors the city's mining heritage.

Park City was the second largest silver mining city in the United States back in late 1800s.

Families watched the “Running of the Balls,” which is a tradition every year when thousands of golf balls are rolled down Main Street.  The Park City Rotary Club charges $5.00 a ball and the money goes to local charities.

This year 8,000 balls went down the street.

Last yea, donations totaled $30,000.

Families enjoyed watching the Miners’ Day parade with their young children, and some have been attending for decades.

“To me it`s all about the people,” said long-time parade goer, Roger Williams.  “To watch the people, to watch the little kids when they run the balls; it`s just so exciting to me as a grandfather.”

After the parade there was a kids race, live music all afternoon and a mucking and drilling contest to honor the mining heritage.