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Spanish Fork plans plethora of Fiesta Days activities

Jul 11, 2017 09:50AM
It’s almost too much to take in, the varied number of activities planned for this small city’s annual Fiesta Days, set this year for July 15-29.

From rodeos to duck races, talent show to baby contest, car show, three parades and much more, there will be something to do virtually every hour of every day.

A list of event sponsors and events provides a clue to the action: Canyon View Medical Group sponsors the Speedy Spaniard 10K & Mile Run. Salem Smiles Family Dentistry sponsors the Family Concert Series. Legacy House of Spanish Fork sponsors Sunday Night in the Park. Grifols Biomat sponsors the Car Show. Oil Spout Sinclair Gas sponsors the Car Show Band. Guardian Real Estate sponsors Movie Night at the Sports Park. Ryan Mortgage sponsors the “Wild Wonders” Movie Night. Pacific Horizon Credit Union sponsors the Movie Night Concert. State Farm Insurance sponsors Spanish Fork’s Got Talent. American Leadership Academy sponsors the Street Dance. Intermountain Healthcare, Vincent Ridge custom home neighborhood, Pacific Horizon Credit Union, First Colony Mortgage, Jason Turner at Home Path Realty, Key Land Title, Designer Home Interiors, Anderson-Dart attorneys and Skiba Auto Repair together sponsor this year’s PyroMusical.

The 75th annual Fiesta Days Rodeo, set for July 20, 21, 22 and 24, has 27 sponsors of specific events, and overall sponsor Mountain View Hospital.

The Spanish Fork Rodeo has become a Gold Member on the Million Dollar Tour of Professional Rodeo, according to the city’s website. Each night is exciting and different, with different segments involving bucking bulls and wild horses, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women's barrel racing, mutton bustin' and pre-show entertainment.

“2016 was quite a year for our hometown rodeo,” according to the SpanishFork.org website. “Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo was voted the No. 1 Rodeo by the WPRA and Wilderness Circuit. By providing the best stock for cowboys to compete on, Fiesta Days was awarded the 2016 Polaris Remuda Award. To top it all off, our Fiesta Days Rodeo Committee became the first Utah rodeo committee ever to be inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.”

The Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo has had 44 consecutive performance sellouts, so early ticket purchases are advisable for the only Hall of Fame rodeo in Utah.

Rodeo action starts with pre-show action at 7 p.m. July 20, 21, 22 and 24 at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds.

No more applications are being accepted for rodeo vendors, craft fair, food vendors, PyroMusical food truck vendors. The city has determined there’s no room for more.

Fiesta Days Grand Parade. Photo by Eric Melander.

Other things not to be missed at this year’s Spanish Fork Fiesta Days: Grand Parade, Western Heritage Parade, Children’s Parade, Baby Contest, Car Show, Talent Show plus the carnival rides, midway action, food galore and so much more.

For a complete list of what’s happening when, see the the Spanish Fork website.

Non-rodeo sports-related events: July 15: Softball tournaments. July 18: Kickball challenge. July 19, Spikeball tournament. July 22: Golf tournament and Fish Rodeo. July 24: 10K Road Race, Speedy Spaniard Mile Run and the Duck Race. July 25-29: Tennis tournament. Also on July 29, bike rides.

Monday, July 17: Listen to a pre-movie concert with the Boothe Brothers at 7:30 p.m., interact with exotic animals from the Wild Wonders educational outreach, followed at dusk (about 9 p.m.) with a showing of the newest "Jungle Book" movie, all at the Sports Park Soccer field. Bring your own chairs or blankets.

Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the outdoor arena at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds, the 19th annual flag retirement ceremony and military tribute, with music from the National Guard’s 23rd Army Band and a 21-gun salute.

There's so much more. Check the website for complete descriptions of all activities.

Be sure to not miss the 13th annual “Adopt-A-Duck race,” which benefits the local firefighters association. It takes place at 2 p.m. Monday, July 24. Rent a plastic duck for $5 and watch it float down the river from the Main Street Bridge. The first duck to cross onto the catch basin at the West Park River Bridge will win $1,000. Following the second-, third- and fourth-place winners, the last duck will win $100.

For complete details of the duck race and everything else connected to Spanish Fork’s Fiesta Days, see the website.