This Thursday marked the 167th anniversary of the pioneer settlement of the Salt Lake Valley.
Today their settlement is marked by an annual parade, rodeo and culminates the celebration with a firework display. Pioneer Days is a chance for the people of Utah to celebrate their heritage says Sheldon Cheshire, a participant in the parade. “I like the aspect of being able to celebrate everyone’s heritage, even if they aren’t of pioneer stock,” it’s just nice for everyone to come together for a community celebration.
The week long celebration kicked off Monday night with a rodeo at the Ogden Pioneer Stadium in front of a full crowd. “It’s a good rodeo,” saysProfessional Bull Rider Garrett Vig. “I always like coming out here,” touts Vig, “it’s always packed, good crowd, good stock.”
The morning of the 24th saw the community come out to celebrate the Utah pioneers, drawing crowds stretching 11 blocks to watch the varied community organizations strut in the parade. “Pioneer days is one of the biggest traditions that we have in Ogden,” heralds community member Phidia Cutrubus. The parade featured marching bands from local high schools, floats, horse drawn carriages and even Handcart Pioneers from the Ogden Utah Stake.