Utah communities celebrate summer in a variety of ways. Some pay homage to agriculture by honoring the area's dominant crop. Some pay tribute to history. Some events ring with nostalgia. And some are simple community get-togethers where friends and neighbors meet and mingle.
We invite you to forsake the big city for a day and take your kids where they can ride a pig in a rodeo, run a three-legged race or eat jello topped with whipped cream to their hearts' content.You might stumble onto an old-cc12p3fashioned Fourth of July that reinds you of the town where you grew up; or an arts and crafts display reminiscent of the church bazaar to which your mother contributed a chocolate cake and crocheted illowcases; or a community dinner where the food is genuinely home-made.
What may be lacking in sophistication is made up for in old-fashioned friendliness.
Utah's towns, like their counterparts across the country, welcome visitors to their celebrations.
Grass-roots travel is becoming the theme of the `90s, whether it's the Pear Blossom Festival in Oregon's Hood River Valley, where you drive through a blossom-laden valley stopping to look at arts and crafts displays and eating home-cc8pmade food along the way, the Festival of Nations at Red Lodge, Mont., a tiny town located on one of America's most scenic highways, or Vernal's Outlaw Trail Festival, which harkens back to the days of Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch, visitors are flocking to community festivals.
They are searching for the simple pleasures of life.
Some of Utah's festivities attract thousands of people. The Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti is one. Provo's Freedom Festival is another. Park City's annual Arts Festival brings in enough people to make Main Street look like a New York subway at rush hour.
Other celebrations are more down-home. The farming community of Enterprise, in southwestern Utah, has a 10K run on July 24 for which families from out-of-state come to participate. The community's rodeo, also in July, features events for children as well as adults.
Here's a sampling of Utah's community events. Many of them will cost you little or nothing.
JUNE 16-JULY 28
OUTLAW TRAIL FESTIVAL
A number of events make up this festival. The Outlaw Trail Ride begins at Sears Canyon and takes you to Jarvie Ranch in Browns Park, hideout of the Wild Bunch. Registration deadline is June 13. Festival Day on July 4 includes a children's parade, historic, patriotic programs, crafts display, food booths, 10K run, art exhibits, story telling and fireworks. The musical "West of the Law" runs July 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, and 28 on the grounds of Vernal Middle School. Begins at dusk. "Western Competition Country Showdown" July 11. Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo July 12, 13, 14. 1-800-477-5558.
ANTIQUE CAR SHOW
500 cars are expected to be displayed on Coalville's Main Street. `50s street concert in the evening. Free. 336-5574.
SAVOR THE SUMMIT
Sample what Park City area restaurants have to offer from noon to 7 p.m. at Park City's Resort Center. Cooking demonstrations, live entertainment. Coupon books are $5 apiece. Street dance that evening in the parking lot of Wasatch Brew Pub. Free. 1-800-640-6420.
OUTLAW COUNTRY FAIR
Home-cooked chuck-wagon dinner begins at 5 p.m. in Naples city park. (Naples is a small community southeast of Vernal.) $15, families; $5, adults; $2.50, children. Live entertainment and an auction of hand-made crafts such as afghans, wool blankets and wood items. Proceeds go toward improving the city park. Women's softball tournament the evening of June 29 and all day Saturday. 789-9090.
JULY 2-SEPT. 1
UTAH SHAKESPEAREAN FESTIVAL
At the Adams Theatre on the campus of Southern Utah State College. "Romeo and Juliet," "Titus Andronicus" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona." "Romeo and Juliet" matinees on Wed. and Sat. at 2 p.m. Evening performances begin at 8:30. For ticket information call 586-7878.
"Ghosts," "Waiting for Godot" and "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the Randall L. Jones Theatre July 5-Sept. 8. Matinees Mon., Tue, and Wed. For ticket information call 586-7878.
GREEK FESTIVAL DAYS
At the pavilion of the Greek Orthodox Church in Price. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sumptuous Greek food, Greek dancers, gift shop, handicraft shop, children's games, Greek coffee shop, dancing to the Chris Dokos Band. 637-5762.
MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHY'S WEST FEST
Western performers, western art, food. Deer Valley amphitheater. Gates open at 11 a.m. Performances from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission fee. 1-800-640-6420.
JULY 12, 13, 14, 17-21
MORMON MIRACLE PAGEANT
On the grounds of the Manti Temple. Gates open at 6 p.m. Pageant begins at approximately 9:15 p.m. Free. Hot roast beef or barbequed turkey dinners available at Manti LDS ward houses. $5 per person. Food booths near pageant site. Large tour groups should make reservations for seating. 835-3000.
ENTERPRISE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Parade, children's races, 10K run. 878-2212. Enterprise is a farming community northeast of St. George.
JULY 24-AUG. 4
OLD-FASHIONED GRAIN HARVEST
Ronald V. Jensen Living Historical Farm south of Logan on Highway 89/91. Harvesting and binding barley and wheat. Bundled grain is transported to the farm on horse-drawn wagons where it will be threshed Aug. 7-11 using a 1914 Case steam engine and a 1923 Case separator. Cooking demonstrations, too. 254-4064.
JULY 27, 28, 30, 31
FESTIVAL OF THE AMERICAN WEST
The Great West Fair on the USU campus includes 1800s crafts demonstrations (Native American, Spanish colonial, pioneer); Indian dancing; 1860s military brass band; Frontier Street shops with period artifacts; gold mining camp where you can pan for gold; mariachi band and folk dancers; cowboy folk songs and cowboy poetry reading; Old-West gun fighter demonstrations; Little Wrangler Rodeo. Admission: $4 adults; $2 children.
CASTLE VALLEY PAGEANT
Dramatization of the pioneer story. Begins at approximately 8:30 p.m. at outdoor ampitheater seven miles from Castle Dale on the road to Orangeville. Free. There is space for campers and RVs to park. Mutton fry at Castle Dale city park at 5 p.m. $5 per person. 381-2195.
Activities at Golden Spike National Monument include reenactments of the driving of the Golden Spike (10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.), old-fashioned games, professional spike-driving contest (2 p.m.), and 25th anniversary activities. Admission to the monument is free (this day only).
PARK CITY ARTS FESTIVAL
, Art and craft booths line Main Street. Performing arts, too. 1-800-640-6420.
WASATCH COUNTY FAIR
Parade in Heber City at 6 p.m. Rodeos begin at 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Demolition derby, flower show, home arts, fine arts, children's crafts. 654-3666.
TINTIC SILVER FESTIVAL
Eureka's big celebration begins at 6:30 a.m. with a 10K mountain run. Mountain bike ride starts at 8:30 p.m. Both leave from Tintic High School. Boy Scout's serve breakfast at the LDS ward house, $2.50 per person, $10 per family. Parade at 10 a.m. Mine tours, $4 per person, take you inside Iron Blossom Tunnel. Wear walking shoes and take a jacket. Tintic Mining Museum at the Depot and City Hall will be open. Free admission. Arts and crafts show upstairs in the Memorial Building. Street vendors. Mini Mountain Man Rendezvous at the city park. Evening concert in the high school auditorium. 433-6842.
AUG. 31-SEPT. 1
Craft market, food booths, 10K race, open-pit barbeque, chuck-wagon breakfast, flower show, entertainment, parade. All take place in Midway at the town square. 654-3666.
25 balloons are expected to participate. Inflating begins at 6:45 a.m. at Park City's Park Meadows Golf Course. Ascension starts at 7:15. Free. 1-800-640-6420.
TRAPPERS LOOP MOUNTAIN MAN RENDEZVOUS
At Mountain Green near the base of Trappers Loop Road. Indian dancing, arts and crafts; mountain man traders, story telling, dutch oven cooking. 829-6390.
Food booths, hand-made crafts, games, fiddlers contest, free melon samples, community fair. Green River. 564-3448.