Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Walking around Utah on July 24 must be an odd experience for someone unfamiliar with the state.
It's like walking straight into the past, thanks to numerous individuals roaming the streets clad in pioneer-style wardrobe.
But all the bonnets and beehives aren't just for show. They represent a celebration of Utah's historic pioneer past, one characterized by difficult labor, an extensive trek across the Plains and, of course, hard work — symbolized by the beehive on the state flag.
Officially, Pioneer Day, July 24, is a commemoration of the entrance of the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. The holiday has practically been celebrated every year since then, with the first official commemoration headed by Brigham Young in 1857, according to the Utah State History Markers and Monuments Database.
True to tradition, celebrations are being held across the state from St. George to Logan. The following is a list of family-friendly celebrations in honor of Pioneer Day:
Box Elder County
Brigham City: July 24, 8 p.m., Monroe Crossing Pioneer Day concert, Fine Arts Center, 58 S. 100 West, $10.
For more information, call 435-723-0740 or visit www.bcfineartscenter.org
Tremonton: July 21, Tremonton City Days, 7 a.m., fun run; 7:30 a.m., flag ceremony; 8-10 a.m., breakfast; 8 a.m., booths; 9 a.m., baby contest and car show; 1-3 p.m., family contests; 2 p.m., Home Run Derby; 4 p.m., family games; 6 p.m., stage performances; 8 p.m., army band; 10 p.m., fireworks. All events are free and held at Jeanie Stevens Park, 700 N. 1000 West.
For more information, call 435-257-9485 or visit www.tremontoncity.com.
Logan: July 24, 7:30-10 a.m., Lions Club pancake breakfast, $6 per person, $3 per child 10 and under, $5 for seniors and immediate family members; 7:30 a.m., fun run, Mountain Man Encampment, King & Queen of the Beach volleyball; 9 a.m., horseshoe tournament; 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., food and craft booths; 10 a.m., Home Run Derby and kickball tournament; noon, Pioneer Day Parade, beginning at 500 W. Center St. and ending at 700 South; 1 p.m., Hula Halau O Kaahumanu entertainment; 1-3 p.m., candy cannon every hour and Pioneer Playland; 2:15 p.m., pie eating contest; 2:45-4 p.m., family fun square dance; 3:30 p.m., watermelon eating contest; 4:30-5:45 p.m., family fun bingo; 6:15-7:30 p.m., Saddle Strings entertainment; 8 p.m., Nathan Osmond entertainment; 9:45 p.m., fireworks. All events are free and held at Willow Park, 450 W. 700 South.
For more information, call 435-716-9250 or visit www.loganutah.org.
North Logan: July 24, 6:45 a.m., Flag ceremony and breakfast, Elk Ridge Park, 1060 E. 2500 North; 10 a.m., parade, begins at 1600 E. 1900 North and ends at Mountain View Park, 1100 E. 2100 North, free; 11 a.m.-2 p.m., games, food and entertainment, Mountain View Park; historical displays, LDS Cultural Hall, 1100 E. 1900 North; 2 p.m., King Nature Park Recognition with Congressman Rob Bishop, King Nature Park, 1060 E. 2500 North; 6:30 p.m., scout charity BBQ dinner and music, Elk Ridge Park; 10 p.m., fireworks, Elk Ridge Park.
For more information, visit www.ci.north-logan.ut.us.
Wellsville: July 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spirit of '47 Pioneer Day Festival featuring activities, contests and music, $6 for ages three and older; 6 p.m., Pioneer Handcart Progressive Dinner, $25 for adults, $20 for children ages three to 11, $80 for families up to six members. All events are held at the American West Heritage Center, 4025 S. Hwy 89-91.
For more information, call 435-245-6050 or visit www.awhc.org.
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