There's nothing like a small-town Utah festival
Every summer, Utah celebrates its unique heritage with major events that draw thousands of people, such as the Days of '47 celebration in Salt Lake and Ogden or the Freedom Festival in Provo.
For a more intimate look at the Beehive State, there's nothing quite like attending a small-town summer festival.
There are Utah towns that celebrate outlaws, quilts, pioneers and all sort of fruits and vegetables -- from strawberries to onions -- with parades, music, races and greased-pole climbs. Here are 10 favorites:
Springville Art City Days, June 5-12 » This Utah County town pays tribute to its longtime commitment to the arts with a parade, hot-air balloon display, a Dutch oven cookoff and fireworks. More information at www.utahvalleyfestivals.com/spring.
Quilt Walk Festival in Panguitch, June 9-12 » This 13-year-old festival pays tribute to the early pioneers who used quilts to survive snowy conditions and get much-needed food supplies. Quilting classes, a chocolate festival, tractor parade, art show and a play depicting the quilt-walk story are part of what's offered. For information, call 435-676-2651.
Strawberry Days in Pleasant Grove, June 13-19 » One of Utah's longest-running festivals includes concerts, parades, a rodeo and, of course, a chance to enjoy strawberries and cream. More information at www.plgrove.org.
Jacob Hamblin Days in Kanab, June 17-19 » This pioneer celebration, named after a beloved Mormon missionary and Western explorer, includes a barbecue, rodeo and games. For information, call 435-689-0986.
Welsh Days in Wales, Sanpete County, June 25-26 » Residents celebrate their European founders with a parade, town raffle, dance, potluck dinner, strong-man competition, greased-pig race, pole-climbing contest and a mud-pit tug-of-war. More information at www.sanpete.com/events.
Butch Cassidy Festival in Beaver, July 2-3 » The birthplace of Robert Leroy Parker pays homage to the legendary outlaw with a car show, live bands and a tractor pull. More information at www.beaverutchamber.com.
Farmington Festival Days, July 5-10 » This Davis County town offers a kid-centered celebration with a movie night, parades, basketball tournament, fireworks and a dance. More information at www.farmington.utah.gov.
Price City International Days, July 29-31 » This Carbon County town has one of Utah's most diverse populations. They come together for a pool party, carnival, kids parade, food and games. More information at www.priceutah.net.
Garden City Raspberry Days, Aug. 5-7 » Celebrate the harvest of the famous Bear Lake raspberries with a craft fair, street dance, parade, rodeo, pancake breakfast, entertainment and run. More information at www.gardencityut.us.
Payson Onion Days, Sept. 3-6 » This venerable event will celebrate its 80th anniversary this year with a craft fair, carnival and Labor Day parade. More information at www.utahvalleyfestivals.com.
A list of most summer festivals -- large and small -- can be found at www.utah.com or at travel.utah.gov/events_calendar.
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