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Festivities abound for Pioneer Day

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With July 24 just around the corner, residents in the Salt Lake Valley can look forward to a lot of festivities.

The Days of '47 celebrations commemorate the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in 1847. Activities are:- Rodeo - The Days of '47 Rodeo, which kicked off Friday and continues until July 24. The rodeo begins at 7 p.m. at the Delta Center from Friday, July 17, to Thursday, July 23, and starts at 6 p.m. Friday, July 24. Tickets are $8 or $12. Call 801-325-7328. There is no rodeo on Sunday.

- An Invitational Art Show will be at the Utah State Fairpark Grand Building, 155 N. 1000 West, Saturday, July 18, to Friday, July 24. The show will be open from noon until 9 p.m. Work by internationally renowned artist A.D. Shaw and pieces by Utah artist and sculptors will be on display.

Work by young Utah artists will also be featured at the Bonneville Building.

- The Deseret News Marathon begins at 5 a.m. Friday, July 24. A 10K begins at 6:15 a.m. on July 24. More than 1,000 runners are expected to follow the original pioneer route from the Wasatch Mountains to the Salt Lake Valley.

Walk-in registration began June 15 at all Granite Furniture locations, the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation office, 2001 S. State #5-4900, or at the Deseret News Building, 30 W. 100 South, fourth floor. Call the Deseret News Promotions/Marketing Department at 237-2135.

- The Sunrise Service begins at 7 a.m. Friday, July 24, at the Tabernacle on Temple Square. The gathering includes musical selections and an address by Elder Bruce D. Porter, member of the Second Quorum of Seventies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

- The Days of '47 Parade begins at 9 a.m. at South Temple and Main Street Friday, July 24. A limited number of bleacher seat tickets can be obtained by calling the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, 535-1050. Tickets are $7 each.