A float appropriately depicting the pioneer spirit captured the sweepstakes award as the best entry in Monday's Days of '47 Parade.
Decorated and designed by the Bountiful Central Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the colorful blue, white and gold float included a full-size covered wagon, cheery pioneers and the Nauvoo temple on its hilltop. The large sweepstakes trophy awarded by the Days of '47 judging committee was also displayed.The float also won the first-place spot in the Historical Section A category. Second place was captured by the Monument Park 7th Ward for its float showing the driving of the Golden Spike. The float included two colorful purple and pink train engines pulling coal carts with a Golden Spike in between. Third place went to the Garden Park 1st Ward for its replica of Sutter's Mill. The entry included a log mill and silver waterfall.
The Home Builders Association captured the first-place award in the Big Business category. The association's float included three homes the size of children's playhouses. A huge, colorful soldier was bursting out of the first home, and his coattail doubled as a rainbow over the others.
Second place went to AT&T for its float of a sea monster happily swimming around a pink ship and a huge, colorful parrot. Modern Display was awarded third place for its Disneyland Float, a replica of the famous magic castle, complete with "Happy Birthday Mickey" signs.
In the Small Business category, KSOP radio won first place for its stereo float, complete with a huge radio dial and speakers. Institute of Terror was awarded third place for its float of a haunted house, a replica of Freddy Kruger's famous home in "A Nightmare on Elm Street."
The City of South Salt Lake received first place in the Civic Government A category for its patriotic float of a golden eagle surrounded by two large American flags. Salt Lake Sister Cities was awarded third place. Sandy, Provo and West Valley City received first, second and third place, respectively, in the Civic Government B category.
Hogle Zoo captured first place in the Civic category for its blue and white polar bear float. The entry showed a life-size bear feeding her baby a fish. The two animals were stationed on a huge iceberg platform. West High School was awarded second place and Utah Dairy Commission received third.
Primary Children's Medical Center captured the first-place award in the animation category for its dinosaur float.