Family-friendly Pioneer Day celebrations planned across the state

Published: Wednesday, July 17 2013 2:16 p.m. MDT

The Days of 47 Frontier Camp is a free family-friendly event featuring cowboys, Native Americans, mountain men, pioneers and buffalo soldiers. The event will take place July 19, 20, 22-24 at 2 p.m. outside the EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple.

Days of 47

Pioneer Day celebrations taking place across the state range from rodeos and parades to pancake breakfasts and firework shows.

New to the celebrations this year are the Days of '47 Frontier Camps, which will take place July 19, 20 and 22-24 on the plaza of the EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple.

The camps, which will begin at 2 p.m. each afternoon and continue until after the Days of '47 Rodeo, are free and include groups of Native Americans and cowboys and demonstrators dressed as mountain men, buffalo soldiers and pioneers.

According to Tom Whitaker, one of three Frontier Camp directors, the camps will give people a sense of the role each group played in Utah and provide a kind of living history display in which people can talk to participants and look at the period clothing and demonstrations.

"It's going to show a lot of families and young people some of the heritage and history of our state," said Whitaker.

There will also be free pony rides for kids and free wagon rides for anyone, musical entertainment, food venues and Dutch oven demonstrations each day.

"We just encourage people to … come out and have a fun afternoon and a fun evening," said Whitaker.

The following is a list of Pioneer Day celebrations across the state, listed by county.

Box Elder County

Tremonton: Tremonton City Days, July 19-27, time and location vary by event, free. (435-257-9500 or www.tremontoncity.com)

Cache County

Logan: July 24, 7 a.m., fun run; 7:30, Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, $6 per person, $3 for children and $5 for seniors and one- and three-mile fun run, Mountain Man Encampment and volleyball, free; 9 a.m., horseshoe tournament, soccer and basketball, free; 10 a.m., food and craft booths, Home Run Derby and kickball tournament, free; noon, Pioneer Day Parade; 1 p.m., candy cannon, Pioneer Playland, Pioneer Day celebration car show, free; 1:15 p.m., magician, free; 2:15 p.m., pie eating contest, free; 2:45 p.m., family fun square dance, free; 3:30 p.m., watermelon eating contest, free; 3:45 p.m., family fun bingo, free; 5:15, entertainment featuring the Fender Benders, Wasatch Back and Mile Marker 6, free; 10 p.m., fireworks, free. All events take place at Willow Park, 450 W. 700 South. (435-716-9250 or www.loganutah.org)

North Logan: Pioneer Day Celebrations, July 23, 7 p.m., "The Widow's Lazy Daughter," LDS church, 1100 E. 2100 North, free. July 24, 6 a.m., Run to Deseret, Elk Ridge Park, 1060 E. 2500 North; 6:45 a.m., flag ceremony and breakfast, Elk Ridge Park, donations requested; 8 a.m., fishing contest, King Park Pond, 2300 E. 1900 North, free; 10 a.m., parade, route begins at 1600 E. 1900 North and ends at Mountain View Park, 1100 E. 2100 North, free; 11 a.m., games, food, displays and entertainment, Mountain View Park, free; 1, 3 and 7 p.m., "The Widow's Lazy Daughter," LDS church, 1100 E. 2100 North, free; 5 p.m., Donkey Town vs. Skin Town All-Star Game, Elk Ridge Park, free; 6 p.m., Charity BBQ, dinner and music, Elk Ridge Park, donations requested; 8:45 p.m., outdoor screening of "Toy Story," Elk Ridge Park, free; 10 p.m., fireworks, Elk Ridge Park, free. (435-752-1310 or www.ci.north-logan.ut.us)

Wellsville: Pioneer Festival, July 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American West Heritage Center, 4025 S. Highway 89-91, $6 for seniors, students and military, $5 for children. (435-245-6050 or www.awhc.org)

Davis County

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