ANTELOPE ISLAND -- Hollywood style, but casual camp dress.
Gov. Gary Herbert has declared the week of Aug. 1-7 as Utah State Parks Road Trip Week, challenging Utahns to visit at least one state park this season.
In celebration, a film premiere of the road trip in which six prominent Utahns visited 43 state parks, will be screened at the Antelope Island State Park Visitor's Center at 7 p.m. Aug. 5.
The film is being screened for the first time to the public as part of the state park week.
This film premiere is casual -- no tuxedos or evening gowns required -- and film admission is included with the paid entrance into Antelope Island State Park, said Utah State Parks spokeswoman Hollie Brown.
The film highlights the journey of six Utahns who visited all 43 state parks in 72 hours, Brown said. The road trippers, Barbara Riddle, Chris Dallin, Tim Hughes, Russ Smith, Bill Francis and Vaughn Jacobsen, will be on hand for the showing.
Riddle is president and CEO of the Davis Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau; Dallin is spokesman for Intermountain Healthcare; Jacobsen is business manager of the Standard-Examiner; Francis owns The Imagination Company; Hughes is a KSL radio host; and Smith is with Skycall Communications.
"We challenge every Utahn to visit a state park this year. If we can do all 43 parks in three days, you can visit one," Smith said.
Concerned about budget cuts that may have an impact on the state park system, the group piled into an RV donated by the All Access Recreation Club and drove about 2,200 miles visiting the state parks, Brown said.
Chevron provided a cash donation for fuel and other expenses.
Established by the 1957 Utah Legislature, the state park system has been a recent target of budget cuts, stripped of $8.3 million in general funds over the past four years, Brown said. With no new funding in sight for operations or replacement of aging facilities, she said, the intent of the road trip was to raise awareness about potential state park closures.
"The idea of the road trip was to showcase the importance, beauty and diversity of Utah's state park system and rally Utahns to come out and support their favorite state parks," Riddle said.
Excerpts from the road trip can be viewed at www.utahstateparksroadtrip.com.