Nearly two weeks of monsoon storms have brought a nice green color to the dry foothills of the Blue Mountains.
The celebration begins on Thursday and extends through the weekend. A full schedule of events can be found in this issue of the San Juan Record.
Main events include the Pioneer Day parade, Lions Club breakfast, Tractor Pull, two days of vendors in the park, and sporting events, all culminating in a firework show after dark on Saturday night.
The theme of the annual Pioneer Day Parade is “Passion of the Pioneer”. The parade will begin at Monticello High School. The start time for the parade has moved from 9:30 to 10 a.m.
After the parade, the focus turns to Veterans Memorial Park, which will be brimming with food vendors, arts and craft booths, and games for the kids.
Another highlight is expected to be a dunking booth to raise money for the City Beautification efforts.
Talent will be presented throughout the weekend on the stage at Veterans Memorial Park beginning on Friday and extending through much of the day on Saturday.
Highlights will include a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday by Chameleon. The group features pop and patriotic music, with classical rock and a little country thrown in.
The 50-piece Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band has played for presidents, senators, congressmen and heads of state. They will play for Pioneer Day celebrants in Monticello on Friday, July 26 beginning at 8 p.m.
Each year the Band performs for thousands of people across the state of Utah and the United States, giving clinics and concerts for schools, performing at civic functions, marching in parades, and providing music for military dances, changes of command, and pass-in-reviews.
Local talent will be presented throughout the weekend and at a talent show at 6 p.m. on Friday. In total, local talent that will perform on Friday and Saturday include the All Star Tumblers, Gunnar Hollingsworth Band, Claire Hayes, and the quickdraw skills of Jim Brandt. Magician Rick Boretti will perform at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The annual tractor pull begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Monticello Visitor Center. The event grows every year and will hopefully feature the Big Four tractor.
There will be plenty of topflight competition for athletes and spectators. There are two golf tournaments at the Hideout Golf Club and the Blue Mountain Invitational Fastpitch Softball Tournament will take place at the City Recreation area.
The Hideout Shootout, a two-man best ball tournament, will take place on Friday. The Hideout Amateur, the biggest tournament of the year, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. They both take place at the Hideout, which was named by Golf Week as the 17th best municipal golf course in the United States.
The fastpitch softball tournament features many of the top teams from throughout the region. Tournament plays begins on Friday afternoon after a homerun derby, which begins at noon at the ball fields.
The weekend begins early with two events planned for Thursday, July 25. A Farmers Market will be held at Veterans Memorial Park beginning at 5 p.m. and extending through 8 p.m. The Farmers Market features a variety of garden grown fruits and vegetables and a number of artisans selling hand-made items.
Also on July 25 is the “Infected Zombie” game, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Loyds Lake. Registration closes at 7 p.m. If you are interested in escaping from Zombies (or becoming a Zombie), Loyds Lake is the place to be on July 25.
For more information, check out the Chamber of Commerce website or call Jana Husted at 435-210-8116.