Pioneer Day full of fun
by Scott Boyle
Jul 27, 2011 | 5938 views | 0 0 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Devin Wright pulled away from Collin Hatch in the finishing stretch to claim first place in the annual 5K race at Loyds Lake.   A large number of runners participated in the race. Staff photo
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Don’t you just love the multitudes of people that come to our towns for the Independence Day and Pioneer Day celebrations?  

It is exciting to see Main Street lined with masses of people scrutinizing the parade.  By the way, I am fond of the new route.  

It somehow seems fitting to have the parade “parade” the length of Main Street from south to north.  And the hordes of parade viewers are impressive.  

This year, I did something I’ve done only once before, which was to watch the parade on Main Street.  Our typical viewing spot was lost when the parade was re-routed and we were looking for new territory.  

Another thing I’ve never done before; I went down early and put up chairs on the street. Much to my surprise, when I took my chairs downtown two hours before the parade, the street was nearly completely lined with chairs.  I had a tough time finding a spot for my three chairs.  Has it always been that way on Main Street?  

The best part of the parade: the Utah National Guard Sappers, recently returned from Afghanistan, leading the parade.

The first event of the day, however, is the annual 5K run at Loyds Lake.  Devin Wright, age 18, was the first of 67 runners to cross the finish line with a time of 18:55.  

Right behind him was MHS junior-to-be Collin Hatch in 19:12. Walter Bird was third overall with a time of 21:34.  

The top overall female runner is San Juan star Brielle Francom, who finished in 23:19, besting all but five of the men.  Annie Anderson was second in 24:19 and Marilyn Redd was third in 26:.  

Besides Francom and Anderson, who won the teens and 20s age divisions, other female age division winners are Kelcey Tupuola 30s, PJ Maughan 40s, Lillian Bayles 50s, and Tanya Lowry 60s.  

Male winners, besides Wright (teens) and Bird (40s), are Aaron Hansen 20s, Stephen Allen 30s, and Robert Hatch 50s.  

Seventeen kids ran in the kids race.  Thanks to all the helpers and organizer Jeff Hunt.  

Now an apology. There are simply too many people to mention who were triumphant at the Lions Club breakfast, which occured simultaneous as the Loyds Lake race.

Page Break, Larry Miller’s old team, won the Blue Mountain Fastpitch Softball tournament. PB triumphed over surprise finalist Moab DW Construction.  DW upset tournament favorite, Aces, 6-5 to gain the championship game.  

Twelve teams enjoyed a rain-free tournament along with what tournament chairman Greg Westfall called three to four times more fans than usual.  

Two highlights of the fastpitch tournament were the Sappers of the Utah National Guard fielding a team and the home run derby.  The top four homer-hitters were all Page Break guys, with one hitter blasting 25 homers in only 50 pitches.

Tractor Pull
Ok, I don’t mean to make fun or be disrespectful.  Please don’t be offended but I don’t get the Big Four Tractor Pull.  

The tractors are cool, especially the ancient ones and the sight of them in the parade is enjoyed.  The Big Four coming down Main Street is always a fascinating sight, but I just can’t figure out the tractor pull. How can you tell who wins?  

Now, as you may know, I’m not one for victory celebrations. I’ve written disparagingly about taunting and strutting and drawing attention to oneself on the basketball courts and football fields, but tractor pullers seem to take that to the other extreme; barely a knowingly raised eyebrow and definitely no fist pumps.

Maybe the tractor operators (or is it drivers?) don’t know if they’ve won either. The guy with the most animation on his face is the guy sitting on the back of the sled pushing buttons.  

I have no idea what he’s doing.  I guess I don’t know what are the criteria for winning. Is it distance or speed or weight or the depth of the furrow?

Someone tried to explain the highbrow nature of the competition and the complicated formula used to calculate pulling power, but it was all John Deere to me.  I just wanna know the final score.  I just wanna know who won so I can take their picture and write their name in the paper.

Del Hunter captured the Hideout Match Play Championship contested over the last two months. Sixtyfour players started the annual competition but Hunter and Doug Pehrson survived to the championship match.

The two battled it out evenly until the 18th hole, where Hunter won with a par to beat Pehrson’s par.....what?   The golfers’ respective handicaps gave Hunter a stroke on that hole, allowing the win. Del Hunter won.  Where’s the picture?
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