Iron County celebration of Utah Pioneers in coming week
by Holly Coombs
On July 24, 1847 the Mormon Pioneers made their way to the Utah Valley and since then a celebration of their heritage has taken place throughout the state and even in Wyoming, and Iron County has a celebration of the holiday this coming week.
In Cedar City at 8 a.m. on Monday, a Pioneer Day Town Meeting sponsored by the Sons & Daughters of Utah Pioneers will take place at the Rock Church, at 75 E. Center St.
The event will include heritage essay winners from local elementary schools, SUP Scholarship recipients, modern pioneers, outstanding citizen award recipients and Cedar City Temple President Daniel Jones and his wife, JoAnn Jones as keynote speakers.
The Pioneer Day parade will stroll down Main Street from 200 South to 400 North at 10 a.m. Grand Marshalls are Bud and Larae Garfield. Lineup for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Main Street between 400 South and 200 South.
Activities throughout the day will include food, games races and other fun in the Main Street Park following the parade.
In Enoch, the parade line-up begins at 4 p.m. at the intersection of Midvalley Road and Enoch Road. The parade will begin 30 minutes later and proceed town Midvalley Road to Enoch Road, ending at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 451 E. Midvalley Road.
For more information on the parade contact Craig and Jen Davis at (435)592-4759.
The Theme will be “The Trail of Hope.” Following the parade games, dinner and free musical entertainment will follow on the grass near the church.
At 5:30, group tours will also take place going through a place set up as “The Trail of Hope,” organizer Matt Peterson said.
“The trail of hope tour consists of groups stopping at different stations and hearing short stories for approximately five minutes each, of the pioneers and all their trials and tribulations getting to the Salt Lake Valley and eventually selling all of Utah,” Peterson said.
Dinner will follow the tours and costs $5 per plate or $20 per family of six.
“It is important for us to remember all the hardships and sacrifices that the pioneers went through for us to be here in this beautiful state living the lives that we are privileged to live today,” Peterson said of the day to celebrate.