CEDAR CITY–Fast cars, fun times, good music and old friends are what make Cedar City’s July Jamboree one of the greatest events in southern Utah. In 2018, the good times only get better with the 21st Annual July Jamboree presented by the Cedar City Rotary Club and sponsored by Tink’s Superior Auto Parts.
On Saturday, July 14, more than 200 classic cars, and highly modified custom street rods, will take over Main Street in Cedar City for one of the biggest block parties in the Festival City. Last year the event had 240 car entries from several states and drew approximately 15,000 visitors to historic downtown Cedar City.
“The Cedar City Rotary Club is proud to bring this special event to town once again as it showcases what a great place Cedar City is,” said Wayne Clark, who co-founded the July Jamboree with Byron Linford more than two decades ago. “It brings tourists and residents together in our historic downtown to enjoy friends, food, classic cars and some great local music.”
The event kicks off on Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m. with a welcome party at Toadz featuring 50s and 60s music from DJ Lance, a barbecue dinner and prizes for best dressed towards the theme.
Registration for car show entries into the car show begins Friday evening, July 13, from 5-7 p.m., and at 8:30 a.m. on July 14 at the Southwest Technical College with a breakfast buffet. At noon, Rotarian staff will shut down Main Street from 400 North to University Blvd. and more than 100 vendor booths will begin setting up.
The July Jamboree officially kicks off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 with live bands performing on a stage in the parking lot of Charlie’s Southern Barbecue. A food court offering many varieties of cuisine will be offered in the same parking lot, including a beer garden offering fare prepared by Southwest Tech Culinary Arts.
“This year we are excited to have some great local talent playing such as Full Tilt Boogie and Radio Flyer,” said Dolly Trujillo-Wearn, Rotarian Chair of the Food Court. “We have some of the best local food establishments selling food as well — so come hungry.”
Large crowds are again expected at this year’s July Jamboree, one of Festival City’s premier family-friendly festivals that is free to the public.
Locally, the Cedar City Rotary Club uses funds generated by the event to make donations to the Boy Scouts, Little League Baseball, SUU Athletics, Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center, Iron County Care & Share, scholarships for Southern Utah University and Southwest Tech students, The Happy Factory and the Rotary Centennial Veteran’s Park, to name a few.
Current humanitarian projects by the local Rotary Club include; new stoves for the Mayan people of Guatemala and assisting in building Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Kenya.
All are invited to attend the 21st Annual July Jamboree on Saturday, July 14 and experience Cedar City hospitality at its finest. For more information, visit their website at www.julyjamboree.com or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The July Jamboree would not be possible without the sponsorship from a wide variety of locally owned and operated businesses. The Cedar City Rotary Club would like to thank Southern Utah University Community Education, Iron County Today, Boulevard Home Furnishings, Grifols, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Jenkins Oil, Mountain America Credit Union, Centro Pizzeria, Best Western Town & Country Inn, SUU Athletics, Cherry Creek Media, State Bank of Southern Utah and the many other sponsors who make this event happen.