78.8 F
Monday, July 13, 2020
Support our Community Sponsors

Mapleton Pioneer Day lights up the night

Chris Bairdhttp://www.servedaily.com
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

More from Author

Giveaways: Summer Giveaway

Click to View our Sponsors Websites

Time to get your try on

Many say this is a year that should just be cancelled, however, I believe this is a year that can be used...

Fiesta Days Rodeo To Be Held As Scheduled

Spanish Fork City, the Fiesta Days Rodeo Committee, and the Diamond Fork Riding Club are excited to announce that the 2020 Fiesta...


Springvile Art City Days 2020 to resume in 2021.

We never know the path others are traveling

It saddens my heart that so many are sick and so many are dying. May we at this time pause and have a moment of silence for those that we have lost. They are our family members, friends

r MAPLETON – Taking advantage of the weekend, Pioneer Day was celebrated  Saturday, July 22, in this suburban community.

It was the only official Pioneer Day celebration in South County, according to eight town’s websites, but Payson’s Western Heritage Day July 15, with a dutch oven dinner and concert, seemed to harken to the same celebration of the pioneer spirit that brought settlers to the area in the mid-1800s.

In Mapleton, daytime activities July 22 were led by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers organization. The town of Mapleton planned the evening events.

“The fun stuff is the evening stuff,” said Camille Brown, city recorder, who has participated in Mapleton’s Pioneer Day activities since she was a child. “The fireworks are awesome and the concerts are great!”

If the evening activities are “fun,” then the daytime activities might be classified “informational,” but no less entertaining.

A “Wake-up Call” at 6:30 a.m. fudged a bit on the 5 a.m. bugles blasting Mormon pioneers awake as they traveled West, but it took them two hours to cook, clean up, gather their things and be ready in their wagons or behind their push carts to start the day’s 15- to 20-trek across the nation’s heartland.

Mapleton residents can probably be ready to go in 30 minutes, which is a good thing because of the 7 a.m. Flag Ceremony and breakfast in Mapleton Park.

A 5k fun run also started at 7 a.m. in front of the city offices at 125 West 400 North.

The annual Pioneer Day parade started at 9 a.m. at Mapleton Junior High School, and to took its usual route. Longtime and active town residents Tom and Lois Murdock were the 2017 Grand Marshalls.

Among the many daytime activities were sack races, relays, tug-of-war, ring toss and stick pull for youngsters. Adults might have been more interested in learning about spinning wool, dipping candles and making butter.

The city website said, “There will be tours of the Mapleton Heritage Museum and the Levi Kendall Cabin all day as well. Come see the new displays!”

Kristen C. Betts was the coordinator this year of the daytime Pioneer Day activities.

Evening activities started with dinner at 5 p.m. at Ira Allen Park. The age-graded helicopter ping pong ball drop started at 6:30 p.m. with skydivers at 7:30 p.m., opening ceremony at 8 p.m. and a concert by “Party Crashers” at 8:15 p.m.

The fireworks show that started about 10 p.m. and was said to, “rival any show in the valley,” according to the website.

Pioneer Day celebrates the arrival July 22, 1847, of pioneers and the first camp established in Salt Lake Valley of Mormons who had traveled primarily from Illinois. Mapleton was first settled in 1850 as an agricultural extension of Springville. Legal actions regarding water rights split the two towns, though Mapleton wasn’t incorporated until 1948.

More articles

Our Print Advertisers

More in Category

Computer application helps remind people to make kindness a daily activity

By Daniel Whitlock Kinding started as a project for me to practice my design and front-end development skills.

Achiever Preschool closes after 36 years

Achiever Preschool of Spanish Fork is closing its doors after 36 years. The preschool was started by Beverly Anderson....

Aviation enthusiasts gather for breakfast and to discuss future events at airport

The Spanish Fork Airport Manager, Cris Child, not only manages the airport for Spanish Fork, but he is also a pilot and...

Happiness for Heroes Campaign gives hope to veterans in isolation

The veteran’s home in Payson is an excellent facility, as anyone who has visited knows. However, because of the COVID pandemic our...

Kara Poulsen of Diamond Fork Junior High named Drama Teacher of the Year

Kara Poulsen, drama teacher at Diamond Fork Junior High School, was honored by Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education, as...