Pioneer Day Extravaganza

Pioneer Day

It is that time of year again! Families can celebrate their pioneer heritage at Provo’s annual Pioneer Day Extravaganza on Thursday, July 24 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at North Park, 500 N 500 West. There will be a variety of activities for the whole family at the free event:

Pioneer Activities

Live entertainment - There will be live bands performing on the Xfinity Stage throughout the event. Hear from Natasha Christensen Band, Utah Fiddlers, and Brushfire.

Homemade Pie Cook-offjudged by me, Miss Provo and The Sweet Tooth Fairy

Pie Contest

Games & Crafts – duck hunt, slingshot saloon, pan for gold, DIY mustaches, face painting, tomahawk throw, lasso a bull, county jail, hairstyles, outlaw shootout, etc.

Panning for Gold

Ride & Competitions – root beer chugging, pony rides, covered wagon rides, log saw competition, tug-a-war, etc.

Pony Rides Log Saw Competition

Reenactments – pioneer village, pioneer museum, native american village, mountain man encampment, trader’s camp, etc.

Native American Village

Activities for the whole family – photo booth, scavenger hunt, butter making, find the sheriff, etc.

Lots of yummy food – food vendors, farmer’s market, homemade pie sampling, etc.

Win Prizes – You can even come dressed in your pioneer best and receive a prize at the Information Booth!

Provo book Giveaway

Prominent local historian, Robert Carter is releasing his new book, Troubled Times this fall. The book will be the third volume of his Provo book series – portraying the history of Provo’s early settlers.

In honor of Pioneer Day, we will be giving out (a limited amount) Robert Carter’s previous book (volume 2), From Fort To Village at the Pioneer Extravaganza Information Booth. The book covers Provo’s history between 1850 – 1854. Carter searched many journals, histories, letters, and records of the earliest people of Provo and has now made them available to the casual reader.

If you would like a copy of the book, stop by the Info Booth during the event and pick one up. First come, first serve.

Event Map

There’s so much to do at the Pioneer Day Extravaganza, you may need this map:

Pioneer Extravaganza Map

Provo is #3 for Business and Careers

Provo Business and Careers

It’s great to be recognized for hard work.

This week Forbes ranked Provo, Utah #3 for Best Places for Business and Careers. Provo leads a trio of Utah cities with Salt Lake City at #8 and Ogden ranked #11. Provo’s job growth was tops in the country last year at 5.3%, it ranks seventh best over the past five years, and the unemployment rate is a microscopic 3.2%.

Global multilevel marketing firm Nu Skin Enterprises, which is based in Provo, opened a new $100 million headquarters in the city in October and Brigham Young University brings a stabilizing presence to the $19 billion Provo economy.

Read the whole article here.

Temple to Temple 5k – Traffic Heads Up

The second annual Temple to Temple 5K will take place on Thursday, July 24, 2014. It is expected that over 8,000 runners will be participating. The event will start at 8:00 am at the NE corner of the Provo Temple, and will finish at 51 S. University Ave (across from the Provo City Center Temple). Participants are encouraged to carry a picture or put a name on a T-shirt and run in honor of an ancestor. Registration is free, but all participants must register. Those who are registered will receive a race bib. A T-shirt and timing chip combo are available for $10. The T-shirt …

We’ve Been Yarn Bombed!

I can’t say that I even knew there was such a thing as a yarn bomb but after being bombed I have become a fan. Yet one more really unique thing happening in our downtown. The bomb was the work of the good folks at Heindselman’s Yarn and Needlework. They hatched the idea on June 20th and with the help of their customers, who helped them knit and crochet the squares, had it up by July 2nd. The tatting on the light pole is the gifted work of Dale Pomeroy. Word on the street is that they are already plotting for a bombing …

Charity Pancake Breakfast

The following is a guest post from Brent Goddard, President of the Kiwanis Club. Each morning was made brighter by the flight of majestic hot air balloons taking off from Fox Field during this year’s Freedom Festival. Thousands of Provo residents and guests viewed the spectacle while enjoying an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. This charity breakfast was organized by the Provo Kiwanis Club, but could not succeed without the help of volunteers from RAH, Circle K club at BYU and other Provo community organizations. The best part of the event is that while participants satisfied their appetites they were also feeling …

Provo on Instagram

Every Saturday I share pictures of Provo that I find on Instagram. It is great to see Provo through the eyes of its residents and check out all of the wonderful things happening in our amazing city. Trending on Instagram this week: Downtown historic buildings, sunsets, wall murals, world’s only still-flying B-29 Superfortress, and Millennial Youth Pirate’s new music video, Dance Love! If you would like to be featured in future posts, use the hashtag #Provo or #ProvoRocks when posting your picture. I am also on Instagram and you can follow me at @ProvoMayor. Check out last week’s photos here »

Lyke Watch Giveaway!

Most people know about my sock fetish but few know I also have a watch fetish. It started when I was a BYU student in 1983. The Citizen Watch Company offered me the position of their Territory Representative (a serious upgrade from my job of sweeping what is now the CVS parking lot). I was 23 years old and on top of the world. I traveled 6 states and tried to make a name for Citizen which at the time was little known. I was also a full-time BYU student, married and we had our first child. It was a busy and fulfilling …

Reuse + Recycle = Reward

The simple truth of trash talk is that we Americans generate a lot of garbage. We represent only five percent of the world’s population yet we generate 30 percent of the total amount of the world’s garbage. So we spend $10 billion a year on landfills to hold it, bury it and contain it. We can do better. In Provo, we’re making a good start. In 2013, we kept 2,206.62 tons of recyclable garbage out of the landfills and saved $66,198.60. When you factor in that Provo City pays $30 a ton for disposal of waste into a landfill, that’s …

World’s Only Still-flying B-29 Superfortress in Provo

Thanks to the Commemorative Air Force for making the Provo Airport one of its stops with the only still-flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, aka FIFI, and the C-45 known as Bucket of Bolts. FIFI has is celebrating 40 years with CAF. They’ll be around at Hangar B till 5:00 pm tonight – Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Come on down! Admission cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 18. Children age 10 and under are free. The airplanes will be on static display when they are not flying. B-29 cockpit tours are included in the admission price. Ride …

A Historic Look at Utah Lake

In order to truly understand the potential that Utah Lake has, it is helpful to look into the past and see the history of the lake. Recently the Utah Lake Commission featured 10 historic Utah Lake photographs. They are definitely worth a good look. Check them out on the commission’s web site. The Utah Lake Commission is a government agency funded and empowered by 17 area governments, including neighboring municipalities of Utah County, the Department of Natural Resources, and the great state of Utah. Photo courtesy of Norman Smith Wright.