Laura Seitz, Deseret Morning News
The Beehive State has breathtaking scenery from green-mountain peaks to red-rock deserts. But it also has a wide range of events, many of which give you a glimpse of the state's history. If you visit Spring City for its Heritage Day on May 26, for example, you will be able to tour homes built by pioneer settlers, many of whom came from Scandinavia.
On the far end of the summer season is Midway's Swiss Days, which has become a Labor Day weekend tradition for many Utahns. And then there are the many arts festivals and rodeos.
One event that caught our attention for small-town ambience is Boulder Heritage Days, July 12-14. The tiny community puts on a heartfelt celebration that includes a tribute to a founding family that had the courage to live year-round in one of Utah's most beautiful but isolated regions.Here, in chronological order, are some of the many events that will take place in our state this summer:
Scandinavian Heritage Festival
Description: Storytelling, Scandinavian supper, entertainment and sports are among events that pay homage to Scandinavian pioneers who settled Sanpete County.
Where: Snow College, 150 E. College Ave., Ephraim
When: May 24-26
Cost: Varies, although many events are freeInformation: scandinavianheritagefestival.com
Spring City Heritage Day
Description: A tour of restored homes and buildings highlights this celebration in what is possibly the best preserved 19th century Mormon town in Utah, now a budding artists colony. Art and antiques sales, as well.
Where: Spring City, 12 miles northeast of Ephraim
When: May 26
Cost: $10 adults, $5 children under 12Information: www.historicspringcity.org
Moab Arts Festival
Description: Arts and crafts including jewelry, pottery, wood, sculpture, fine art, photography, music, kids' area, food court.
Where: Swanny City Park, Moab
When: May 26 and 27
Cost: Free admissionInformation: www.moabartsfestival.org
Deseret Peak Stampede and Days
Description: A potpourri of events including a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, craft show, pony rides, entertainment.
Where: Deseret Peak Complex, 2930 W. Highway 112, Tooele
When: June 1 and 2
Cost: $5-$10 adults, $3-$5 childrenInformation: www.deseretpeakcomplex.com
American Indian Art Show
Description: Paintings, beadwork, leatherwork, wood carvings and more by Amerian Indian artists.
Where: Western Heritage Museum, 328 E. 200 South, Vernal
When: June 4-23
Cost: Free, donations acceptedInformation: www.co.uintah.ut.us/museum/whMuseum.php
Quilt Walk Festival
Description: An homage to Panguitch's pioneer heritage with a quilt show in the high school gymnasium, quilting demonstrations, cowboy action shoot, Lions Club breakfast, Dutch oven cooking classes, craft fair, parade and races.