Family-friendly Pioneer Day celebrations planned across the state

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

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
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. See all the events by clicking through the list, or click below for events happening in your county:

Box Elder County
Cache County
Davis County
Salt Lake County
San Juan County
Sanpete County
Tooele County
Utah County
Washington County
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Star Valley Ranch, WY

As opposed to family unfriendly celebrations?

Park City, UT

I suppose the family friendly thing is why we do not acknowledge Pioneer Day in Park City.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

What a bunch of paranoid whiners. Family friendly denotes the fact that the celebrations include 'stuff' that kids may enjoy......more than simply face painting. Activities focused on kids.


Park City, UT

Lighten up. It was a feeble attempt at a somewhat self-deprecating joke.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

Family friendly activities? in Utah? For Pioneer day?

Good thing I'm not a Vegas Odds maker; I'd struggle w/ this one.

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