Draper's "Utah Pioneer Pageant" enters its second year with high expectations for a large crowd this weekend.

The pageant recounts the journey of the Mormon pioneers and tells tales of Utah's other settlers, such as Catholic missionary colonizers, Greek and Italian pioneers, the Chinese and Jewish settlers and the Indians.The pageant, written and produced by Merrill Osmond, will play Friday and Saturday nights. Each performance will be followed by a fireworks display.

The production will be held at the Draper Elementary School, 1080 E. 12660 South. Gates open at 5 p.m. The production begins at 8:30 p.m.

The pageant features 500 youths, including a symphony and voice choir. It opened in 1987 with 12,000 in attendance for the one-night show.

This year, the performance has been extended for another night with seating available for 17,000.

The fireworks display at the end of the pageant is touted as the largest in the Salt Lake valley this weekend.

The audience must sit on the lawn, so blankets are advised. Tickets are $3 for children under 13 years of age and $5 for those over 13.

Tickets are available at VF Factory Outlet, by calling Draper City at 571-4121, or at the gate.