Thursday , July 17, 2014 - 5:02 PM
Ogden Pioneer Days is now in full swing and I thought I’d take the opportunity to sell you today on why you should participate in one of the many events available to our community.
Since the inaugural celebration in the summer of 1934, Ogden Pioneer Days has become a tradition where we honor, preserve and promote our pioneer heritage. The original objective was to create a national attraction by organizing a western festival to “boost the spirits of the locals and entice tourists to visit the city.” Today’s celebration expands that vision as activities span over the course of a month where there truly is, “Something for Everyone.”
When was the last time you went to the rodeo? For many families it has become an annual tradition and a highlight of the celebration. Ogden's rodeo has been nominated numerous times for the best rodeo of its size in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. It is considered one of the 20 best rodeos in a field of more than 700 in the country.
With a majestic view of the mountains from Ogden Pioneer Stadium, approximately 50,000 attend the rodeo over the five nights. It takes 600 volunteers and 100 sponsors to pull off a great event. Whether it’s the mutton bustin’ competition, the bull riding, the Whoopie Girls, the Miss Rodeo Utah Competition, or the fireworks, it’s a great evening regardless of the night you go. The rodeo runs July 19, 21-24 and is affordable for the entire family. Arrive early and rekindle your tradition or start a new one this year.
They say everyone loves a parade and the commemoration of Utah’s statehood starts with Ogden Pioneer Days’ Grand Parade, running through the heart of Ogden. Approximately 80,000 attend the parade each year and it’s a great way to support our own. The parade starts at 9 a.m.; find a shady spot and celebrate our statehood.
If these activities aren’t enough for you, visit www.ogdenpioneerdays.com for a full list of events, times, tickets and history on this great celebration.
We are fortunate to live in a community where we recognize the past and look forward to the future. Come and join in on what Ogden Pioneer Days has to offer.
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