Pioneer Day events begin next week
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by Easton Bowring

The summer months are packed full of celebrations, events, and activities for San Juan County residents.

Following the Fourth of July celebration in Blanding, the City of Monticello hosts the Pioneer Day celebration in honor of the first Mormon pioneers who entered the Salt Lake valley in 1847.

This year’s celebrations will be held July 19-21 in Monticello, featuring plenty of action, games, and fun.

Starting on Thursday, July 19, the Monticello Public Library will host a movie at Veterans Memorial Park. Disney’s Brave starts at 7 p.m. and is rated PG.  

On Friday, July 20, the Monticello Visitors Center hosts a Civil War demonstration.

Gary Mooneyhan will present the demonstration in full costume and with great passion.

A second show will take place the following day. Both presentations will run from Noon to 4 p.m.

Artisan Jewelers will host the Monticello City Treasure Hunt from 3-6 p.m. on July 20.

All participants will receive prizes, with the top three winning significant awards. This year’s grand prize is a 25 oz bar of .999 fine silver. This event begins and ends at Artisan Jewelers.

A Home Run Derby opens the action at the softball fields beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday. The top slugger receives a trophy, with medals going to the second and third place finishers.

Starting at 4 p.m. July 20, vendors will be in Veterans Memorial Park selling homemade goods, food and crafts.

The Monticello Library will host a quilt show July 20-21. The show will showcase some of the best quilts created in Monticello and surrounding areas.

Quilts will be on display Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The famous Men’s Fast Pitch Softball Tournament returns to Monticello, bringing in more than 10 teams.

This two-day tournament begins Friday at 5 p.m. following the Home Run Derby. Each team is guaranteed to play at least four games.

The tournament will break Friday night, but picks back up Saturday morning at eight and runs late into the evening.

Friday night, Katy Ainge will perform live in concert at Veterans Memorial Park. This event is free to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. It is requested that those in attendance bring their own chairs or blankets.

Starting early Saturday morning, July 21, the Monticello High School cross country teams will host the 2018 Blue Mountain Pioneer Day 5K and 1 mile fun run.

Registration begins at 6 a.m. at Loyds Lake. The 5K begins at 7 a.m. with the 1 mile fun run at 7:45 a.m. Register before July 14 to guarantee your T-shirt. Registration is available at

The annual Monticello Lions Club breakfast is Saturday morning at the LDS Stake Center on Main Street. Breakfast is available for purchase starting at 7 a.m. and will be a first-come first-serve basis.  

The Land Above the Canyons parade will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday with the Color Guard in the lead.

The parade will start at Monticello High School and run down 200 South until the intersection. It will then make its way down Main Street to the stoplight and turn up Center Street and back to the high school.

Immediately after the parade, guests will have an opportunity to savor some of the area’s best food, enjoy games, contests, sporting events, and buy craft items from local vendors.

Booths will be set up at Veterans Memorial Park on main, as well as the baseball fields on center street.

This year, the City of Monticello will host the first-ever Sand Volleyball Tournament beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The tournament will take place by the city swimming pool. Registration is still open on the City’s website.

Monticello’s swim team will hold a Quarter Dive from 1-3 p.m. at the Monticello Swimming Pool. There is a $1 entry fee, but will include admission into open swim from 3-4 p.m.

Saturday night, the City of Monticello will fire off the second-largest firework show in San Juan County.

The show is set to begin at dark at the softball fields. Due to the major drought however, the City is prepared to cancel the firework show and ban all fireworks if weather conditions do not improve.

“The Pioneer Day Celebration will be a great addition to the summer activities,” said San Juan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Bayley Hedglin.

“There is a lot of hard work going into planning this event, and it’s going to be a successful celebration.”

From softball to tractors and fireworks, this three-day celebration is going to be something you don’t want to miss. For more information or to register for any event, visit

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