July 7 – Family Fun Day
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Utah State Fairpark, SLC
Start with festive rides and games, thousands of smiling children and lots of volunteers, then locate them all at the Utah State Fair Park. The result: Family Fun Day, an event for all ages.
How can all the carnival rides, crafts, games and entertainment be free? Who loves this event more—the parents or the children? There are lots of smiling children and photo ops here!
Contact Ken Shields, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801.931.5526 for information about Family Fun Day.
July 10 – All Horse Parade
The Sandy City Centre welcomes the return of the All Horse Parade in 2012. And The Days of ’47 welcome you back to this marvel of equine beauty and precision. Be sure to set aside the evening of the 10th to see horses of every description parade on the streets of Sandy.
Contact Merl Thurgood, 801.510.3313 to learn more about our 2012 All Horse Parade.
July 14 – Youth Parade
Parade 10:00 a.m.
Parade route begins at 600 East and 500 South and ends at City/County Building, 200 East 500 South, SLC (Youth Festival at City/County Building)
Head downtown for this ideal family event featuring one of the largest youth parades in the United States with nearly 5,000 children involved. Grandparents will be snap-happy with the camera and mom and dad will enjoy the chance to let the kids exhaust some of their pent-up energy.
Contact Youth Parade chairs Jodene Smith, 801.254.4656, email@example.com or Jim Williams, 801.694.9828, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 14 – Youth Festival
After the Youth Parade, stay for the Youth Festival at Washington Square! There are booths with games, crafts and hands-on learning activities, face painting, inflatable slides and other entertainment. Food for the entire family is available. The estimated Festival attendance has risen to more than 15,000 people! Who are the volunteers who make this happen for the children who participate and what does it take to pull off a community event of this size?
July 20, 21, 23 and 24 – The Days of ’47 Rodeo
The Maverik Center, West Valley City
Utahns are spoiled with this annual rodeo, as it is consistently voted one of the top rodeos in the nation by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Get an up-close look at high-intensity competitions including bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing and even wild cow milking. The rodeo kicks off July 20th!
Contact: Craig Peterson, 801.583.4398 or Lois Harmon, 801.250.6832
July 17 & 18 – Float Preview Party
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
South Towne Expo Center, 9575 South State Street, Sandy
Want a sneak peek at The Days of ’47 KSL 5 Parade floats? Unlike some other famous parades across the country, most of The Days of ’47 Parade floats are not created by professionals, but by civic organizations, a variety of church groups and local businesses. Meet the creators and technicians to learn how the massive extravaganza of The Days of ’47 KSL 5 Parade comes together. Enjoy bands, clowns, entertainment and much more. Be sure to vote for your favorite float, then watch for prize banners in the Parade on the 24th to see if your favorite won!
Contact Tom and Cheri Colligan, 801.254.3207, email@example.com
July 21 – *First Encampment Hike
Meet at Donner Park, corner of Crestview (2770 East) and Kennedy (990 South), SLC
This five-mile walk retraces the steps of the first pioneers to enter the valley. At this family-oriented event, the First Encampment Hike recalls the arrival of the first contingent of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley two days before an ailing Brigham Young. What are the thoughts of those who make the walk? Are they descendents of those early pioneers or are they folks interested in a summer morning stroll? The five-mile hike allows for wagons and strollers for children. Hikers must bring their own water. Participants are encouraged to bring a flag, make a name-tag or wear pioneer clothing to honor the pioneers.
Contact: Kathi Izatt, 801.257.7959, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 24 – The Days of ’47 KSL 5 Parade
Route starts at South Temple and State Street, travels east to 200 East, south to 900 South, then east to Liberty Park at 600 East, Salt Lake City
Celebrate Utah’s pioneers at this fun-filled parade, which is one of the oldest in the United States. Colorful floats, bands, horses, clowns and other entries thrill tens of thousands of spectators every year. What are the logistics involved — from traffic and law enforcement, to getting all the entrants in line at the staging area, to the final disbandment after the Parade? Who wields the baton?
Contact our Parade Co-Chairs, Jodene Smith, 801.254.4656, email@example.com and Jim Williams, 801.295.1914, firstname.lastname@example.org.
*These events are not sponsored by The Days of ’47, Inc.