CH needs you to help us “Flip Our Float”

CH needs you to help us “Flip Our Float”
Posted on 01/23/2012

Each year, Cottonwood Heights builds a float and enters it into several parades in the Salt Lake Valley, including the annual Days of ’47 Parade. The city owns the float base, but each year we like to come up with a new idea for the float design based on the Days of ’47 theme and our city’s rich heritage.

This year, we are turning to the creative residents of Cottonwood Heights for our float design by creating a city-wide contest called “Flip Our Float.” Don’t worry—we won’t expect you to show up with staplers and glue guns to build the float! We’re just looking for great design ideas.


The theme we’ve chosen for our float this year is “Dreaming of the future, honoring the past.” Float designs should meet the following criteria:

  • Float designs MUST follow the theme, and should be submitted as a hand-drawn or digital representation of your vision for the float.  Digital drawings should be converted to either .pdf or .jpeg format before submission.
  • Keep in mind that the highest point of the float design cannot reach more than 14 feet, and the float can’t be longer than 26 feet or wider than 11 feet.
  • People need to be able to ride this float, and should be incorporated in the design drawing. (In the past, float riders have dressed up as pioneers, construction workers, etc. in keeping with the float’s theme for that year.)
  • Designs should be economically conservative.
  • Designs must be submitted to the city by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29. They can be hand-delivered or mailed to Cottonwood Heights City Offices, c/o Ann Eatchel, 1265 E. Ft. Union Blvd. Ste 250, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84047. Designs can also be submitted via email to Ann Eatchel at aeatchel@ch.utah.gov.
  • Designers must include their name, address, phone number and email address with their submissions.  The winning designer will be required to sign a legal release of their design.

The winning design will be selected by a committee made up of elected officials, city staff, and members of the city’s volunteer committees during the first week of March.

The winning designer will be notified during the second week of March and will have the opportunity to ride on the float in the Days of ’47 Parade. They will also receive a gift certificate to a local business.

We look forward to seeing great float designs from our residents. Thanks in advance for helping us “Flip Our Float!”