FARMINGTON -- Bikes and birds turned out to be good for Davis County this year, officials said Tuesday at a Davis County Commission meeting.
Both events were successes, Neka Roundy, a community development specialist for Davis County who chaired county-sponsored events in May and June, told commissioners.
Roundy reported the annual Antelope Island by Moonlight Bike Ride had the second-highest attendance in its 17-year history.
More than 1,200 people signed up for the 22-mile night ride in late June, and attendance was only better at last year's race.
"It was a great mix of folks," said Bret Millburn, a Davis County commissioner who rode the island route.
Sixty volunteers helped with the accident-free event, Roundy said.
"Nobody ran into a buffalo," she said of the island's wandering residents.
In mid-May, the Annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival drew an estimated 3,500 participants, officials were told.
Despite the cancellation of the main speaker, Terry Tempest Williams, the five-day festival sold 83 percent of the field trip tickets.
"We saw about 200 species of birds," said Roundy, who described the 100 events that made up the festival schedule.
Event proceeds will go to state park projects.
More than 800 student artists submitted their work for display at the festival.
Commissioners noted that, according to attendance records, attendees at both events came to Davis County from more than 10 states.