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Cities to celebrate Pioneer Day Saturday, Monday
by Ashley Langston
Jul 20, 2011 | 923 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RESIDENTS ENJOY wagon rides during last year's Parowan Pioneer Day celebration.
RESIDENTS ENJOY wagon rides during last year's Parowan Pioneer Day celebration.
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IRON COUNTY – Iron County cities will be celebrating Pioneer Day this Saturday and Monday with a wide variety of activities and programs focused on families and honoring Utah’s heritage.

On Saturday the Parowan Area Lions Club will put on the annual Lions Family Rodeo, beginning at 11:30 a.m. It is expected to run until about 3 p.m., but that depends each year on the number of participants.

Sign-ups will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and there will be rides for kids 3 to 18 years old. Events include a chick chase, a stock horse race, mutton busting, barrel racing, a calf chase, and more. Some events have a $3 to $5 entrance fee.

The family rodeo will be at the Iron County Fairgrounds in Parowan.

Later that evening, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Parowan will sponsor children’s games and wagon rides from 5:30 to 7:30 next to the Old Rock Church, at 100 West Center St. Dinner will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and there will be a program at 7:30. Everyone is welcome.

Enoch will also celebrate the state holiday on Saturday, with a parade at 4 p.m. down Midvalley Road, from Enoch Road to the LDS church at 451 E. Midvalley Road. Committee member Kaylene Zobell said the parade will include entries from various LDS wards, residents and businesses from Cedar City and Enoch, and other churches in the area. The parade’s theme will be “Scripture Heroes.”

“It should be fun for the whole family,” Zobell said.

After the parade there will be games for children and adults, entertainment from locals, contests, and a meal in the park by the church at 451 E. Midvalley. She said the meal will be inexpensive as it will be provided at cost, with volunteer service, but as of last Friday she was not sure the exact amount.

Cedar City’s Pioneer Day festivities are planned for Monday, beginning with a town meeting at 8 a.m. at the LDS Stake Center at 61 N. 900 West. Michael Leavitt will speak. The yearly meeting is traditionally in the LDS Rock Church, but the building is closed for renovations.

At 9:30 a.m. Cedar City Leisure Services will put on its annual Main Street Mile Run and Walk beginning at Smith’s Food and Drug and ending at the Main Street Park. Those who would like to participate may register at Leisure Services, in the aquatic center, by Friday or at 8 a.m. at the event.

The Sons of Utah Pioneers sponsor the meeting and the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street, from 400 South to the Main Street Park. Festivities in the park, also sponsored by the SUP, will take place after the parade. This year’s theme is “New Frontiers: Modern Pioneers.”

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