FARMINGTON -- For 25 years the Summerfest celebration has had people dancing in the streets.
On Tuesday, Summerfest organizer Emma Dugal nearly danced for joy when the Davis County Commission presented her with a $5,000 check to be put toward this year's Summerfest event, scheduled for Aug. 7-10, at Bountiful City Park, 400 N. 200 West.
The contribution the commission presented to Dugal came from county tourism tax revenues, which consist of a restaurant tax, a hotel room tax and a vehicle rental tax, said Davis County Community and Economic Development Director Kent Sulser.
Dugal said this is the 25th year of the annual celebration that brings in a host of dancers from around the world.
To commemorate this year's event, Dugal said, Summerfest organizers have created a 25-year anniversary pin. Organizers will present the pins to members of the dance troupes participating in the four-day celebration.
Dugal, curator and executive director of the Bountiful Davis Art Center, said she was surprised by the amount of the county's contribution, which now makes the county one of the major sponsors of the cultural and economic event.
"We have tremendous support, not just from sponsors, but volunteers and host families," Dugal said.
Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said many of the international dancers who perform at the event develop an appreciation for the county and later return to permanently live here with their families.
"I think it has a great return," Downs said of the positive economic impact the celebration has on the county with entertainers staying at the local hotels and eating at the local restaurants.
Last year's Summerfest drew about 18,000 visitors, roughly 20 percent of those from outside the county, Dugal said.
In addition to dancing, the festival offers a variety of food and vendors.