Days of 47 Parade 'presses forward'

Published: Monday, July 25 2011 4:55 p.m. MDT

"(Monday was) probably the biggest day we've ever had for this celebration," Kramer said.

The festival was held on Saturday and Monday and gave families the opportunities to get a taste of pioneer life through demonstrations and activities. On Monday, children were having sack races, riding horses, feeding sheep and enjoying ice cream and shaved ice from the G.R. Huntsman Saloon. Festival staff also staged bank robberies, held pie-eating contests and at least twice a day fired off the candy cannon, spraying the park's Main Street with saltwater taffy.

"If people could see their kids in action here before they brought them, they'd be bringing them here all the time," Kramer said.

Kramer said with all the activities, families would have no trouble spending a whole day at the festival.

"It's interactive here; you're not walking through a museum," Kramer said. "It's unlimited fun."

E-mail: benwood@desnews.com

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