OK, Days of '47 fans, it's your turn.
In the interest of fairness, we asked Greg James, vice president of communications for the Salt Lake City organization, to tell us what makes our state's other well-known Pioneer Day celebration distinctive.
* Broncs plus tunes: Not only do you get to attend a PRCA rodeo, this year's event also features concerts after the dust clears, James says. Country singer Jessie James performed July 20, The Farm took the stage July 21 and the All-American Boys Chorus will sing Tuesday at the event at West Valley City's Maverik Center.
* Float preview party: If standing around in July heat for hours on end isn't your thing, check out the Days of '47 parade entries in advance. The floats are available for up-close viewing and photographing in the air-conditioned comfort of the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy; this year's party was July 16-17, but watch for it next year.
* Colossal parade: At around 140 entries, the Day's of '47 parade on July 24 is a bit larger -- Ogden has about 100 entries -- and also has a longer history, James says. "The Salt Lake parade offers things that Ogden probably doesn't," he says, although he adds that the two events aren't really a competition: "We do this because we love the heritage of the state," he says of organizers in both cities.
* Indoor rodeo: Rodeo is enjoyable wherever it is, James says, but there are advantages to being inside a facility like the Maverik Center. "The weather has no impact on the quality of the rodeo; it happens rain or shine because it's indoors," he says.
The spectators stay cool and comfortable in an air-conditioned arena, James adds, and the animals are friskier, too, because they aren't overheated. And when you're getting dirt thrown on you from the animals, you know you're plenty close to the action, he says.
-- Becky Cairns