DOCUTAH kicks off second annual festival; activities scheduled all week

Phil Tuckett kicks off DOCUTAH. | Photo by Dallas Hyland, St. George News

IVINS – Among the many attendees at the kick off the second annual DOCUTAH were St.George Mayor Daniel D. McArthur, City Councilman John Pike, and of course Phil Tuckett, the man behind the vision of the festival.

The evening’s festivities were light and informal as finger food was served and people were able to mingle with and meet many of the people directly involved with the festival, including several film directors who have entries in DOCUTAH.

The main event of the evening was a documentary of Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton. The film chronicled much of his life and career, which began when he was six years old.

The film succeeded in showing why Newton is such a beloved icon in not only Las Vegas, but in the entertainment industry as a whole.

The film was followed by Newton arriving in person on stage riding one of his Arabian horses.

Many people over the years have attested to his charisma being the thing that makes his shows so good and he did not disappoint.

During the show, more footage of his life and times were shown, including his relationships with legendary icons such as Lucille Ball, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

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