Crowds of people are expected to fill Monticello this week for the annual Pioneer Day celebration. In addition to a host of family and class reunions, the City of Monticello and Monticello Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a variety of activities.
The Pioneer Day parade, under the theme of “Now and Then” will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday with a new parade route. After two years of heavy-duty road construction, which caused havoc to Main Street in Monticello and resulted in adjusted parade routes in previous years, it is construction near Monticello Elementary School that is resulting in a change in the parade route this year. See the map on page 18 for the new parade route.
After the parade, celebrants will gather in Veterans Memorial Park for live music, food booths, and a host of games and contests.
Events begin in earnest on Friday, July 23, with the beginning of the annual Blue Mountain Invitational Fast Pitch Softball Tournament. Sixteen teams are expected to vie for the championship trophy in games that will begin on Friday and continue throughout the day on Saturday, culminating in a championship game in the late evening. The annual softball tournament has earned a reputation as one of the top fast pitch tournaments in the Intermountain West.
Greg Westfall and a group of volunteers are running the tournament, the first softball tournament in the “Post Allred-era”, after the recent retirement of longtime Monticello City Recreation Manager Eddie Allred.
A community talent show will begin at 7 p.m. at the Monticello High School football field. The show will feature a host of local acts and maybe even a few visitors. After the talent show, Lyman Cellular will present a movie at the football field.
It will be an early start to Pioneer Day as the annual 5K race begins at 7:30 a.m. at Loyds Lake. The Monticello High School Cross Country team is joining with the family of the late Curtis Holden to sponsor a diabetes awareness run. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. After the 5K race, a one-mile run for kids will take place.
For those who would rather eat than run, the Lions Club will serve breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. at the pavilion east of the post office.
The Big Four Tractor pull at the San Juan County Fairgrounds begins at 1:30 p.m.
A Gymkhana horse competition begins at 4 p.m. at the rodeo grounds.
Boxing will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Monticello High School. Organizers will donate proceeds to the Monticello High School boys basketball team.
In addition to those listed above, there are a variety of other activities.
The new seasonal swimming pool in Monticello will be open for swimmers from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
In addition, the Hideout Golf Club reports spectacular golfing conditions and will accept tee times every day of the week.
Fishing is reported to be good at Monticello, Foy and Loyds Lakes
The day culminates in the annual fireworks show, staged from the Monticello High School football field.