It is a “Cello”-bration with a full range of events under the sponsorship of the San Juan Chamber of Commerce and the City of Monticello.
The theme for the celebration is Honoring the Past.
The annual Pioneer Day parade is often the highlight of the celebration. The parade is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. The parade will follow the traditional route, beginning at Monticello High School and traveling down Main Street before returning to the school.
The parade will feature floats made by local businesses, the San Juan County Fair, the Monticello High School drill team, queens and royalties, and more. There may even be a Civil War reenactment.
Winn Westcott is the Grand Marshall of the Pioneer Day parade, with the Big Four tractor expected to be front and center. Westcott is honored for his years of work on the spectacular tractor.
Festivities on Saturday, July 22 will begin at 7 a.m. with the Lions Club Breakfast at the pavilion behind the post office and adjacent to the LDS Church Stake Center. In addition, a 5K race will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Loyds Lake.
Following the big parade, vendors in Veterans Memorial Park will offer a variety of delicious foods, prizes, gifts, and games.
The 23rd Army Marching Band will perform at the Memorial Park stage, and a quilt Show will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A tractor pull will begin at 2 p.m. at the Monticello Visitor Center.
The annual Blue Mountain Invitational Fast Pitch Softball Tournament begins on Friday and continues throughout the day on Saturday.
The Monticello Pool will host diving for prizes and $1 swim beginning at noon.
The day will end with fireworks once it gets dark. Make sure to snag a spot on the ballfields if you want the best view of the firework show.
Events on Friday, July 19 include a Home Run Derby starting at 3 p.m. at the ballfields. The evening will feature vendors in the park, a quilting expo at the Monticello branch of the San Juan County library, and kick off the fast pitch softball tournament.
Moodlite and Fear and Loathing will perform a concert at Veterans Memorial Park beginning at 7 p.m. A movie will will play at Veterans Park after the concert.
On Friday, July 19 from noon to 4 p.m., Gary Mooneyhan will have a Civil War demonstration at the Monticello Visitor Center. He will repeat the demonstration on Saturday.
There are a host of family reunions and class reunions over the weekend, including the Monticello High School graduating classes of 1969, ‘79, ‘89, ‘99, 2009, and more.
The celebration is made possible by the City of Monticello and the volunteer service of a number of people. Chamber of Commerce Director Bayley Hedglin heads up the volunteer effort.
A full schedule of events can be found in this issue of the newspaper and can be downloaded here.