It may be one of those small Utah communities freeway travelers pass without much notice, but Lehi is starting to make a name for itself with its annual rodeo and miniature parade.
About half of the people who attended the recent Lehi Round-up were from out of town, said Suzanne Christofferson, chairwoman of the Round-up special events committee."I think it has been one of the best-kept secrets around, but it's growing," she said. "People don't really notice Lehi, but I think this is something the community would like to share."
Residents did share it after weeks of preparation for events that included a Western poetry reading, a chuck wagon breakfast, 10-K run, fine arts display and, of course, the big rodeo and miniature parade.
The parade is unusual because the floats must be no more than 8 feet tall, 10 feet long and 8 feet wide. After the first showing of the parade, five entries were given cash awards.
Sweepstakes went to the Keystone Cops for a tiny black, white and gold police car with officers inside; first place was awarded to the Lehi 6th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its fire engine with a moving ladder; the 8th Ward came away with second place for its postman's truck; a covered wagon put together by the 10th Ward won third place; the 18th Ward's depiction of a dinosaur took fourth place and 14th Ward won fifth place for its miniature lions in a cave.
More than 1,000 people turned out for the parade, and many of the floats will be rented out to other Utah cities for their parades.
"I feel really good about the whole week," Christofferson said. "I think everything was a big success. It's kind of fun to see a lot of people from out of town come in. The community has a lot of fun putting it together, too. We wanted to show off that we have a lot to be proud of in our community. It's just kind of a big community-involvement week. Everyone celebrates working together."