St. George Heritage Days to be held for city’s 150-year-birthday

Photo by Sue Byford

ST. GEORGE – Instead of a New Year’s Eve party, St. George City has put a pause on the festivities until Jan. 10, 2012, when a seven-day-long celebration marking the city’s 150-year birthday will begin.

A plethora of performances and activities will be taking place in downtown St. George, Dixie State College and the Dixie Center during the week-long events called St. George Heritage Days. All events will be free to the public.

People can find a detailed list of Heritage Days activities at the St. George City website.

Performances will be had at the Opera House and  the St. George Tabernacle. In conjunction with the Visual Arts Association of Utah, presentations and art seminars involving The Red Rock Film Festival, DocUtah, Arts to Zion, the St. George Children’s Museum and many local artists will also be held throughout the week.

One of the larger activities scheduled to take place is the Decades of Dixie Heritage Festival, an event that Summer Robertson, the chairwoman of St. George Heritage Days, described as “a giant family reunion.”

The festival will include local talent, food vendors, children’s games and numerous exhibits of memorabilia, artifacts and items that were used in southern Utah’s Dixie and define the St. George Area.

“This is a call for displays of items that are distinctive to our region,” said event organizers via a press release from the city.

Items as early as 1862 through to the present such as quilts, food and recipes, paintings and other artwork, furniture, clothing, houses wares, photography, musical instruments, news clippings and history displays from families, businesses or organizations are asked for.

“We are inviting the public to come and share their heritage,” Robertson said.

More information on the Decades of Dixie Festival can be found here.

As the week reaches its conclusion, however, what grand finale do the planners of St. George Heritage Days have in store for the public?

“We have a big birthday bash concert at the Burns Arena,” Robertson said.

The public is invited to join the mayor and city council at the Burns Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 17, the official birth-date of St. George City. American Idol finalist Brooke White will be giving a live performance, followed by a 20-minute documentary on the history of St. George produced by veteran film maker Phil Tuckett.

Birthday cake will be provided, Robertson added, and fireworks – the same pyrotechnic displays missed over New Year’s Eve – will be back and exploding in the skies over St. George as the concert, and St. George Heritage Days, come to an end.

“We don’t turn 150 often,” she said.

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  • Big @$$ Bob December 22, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I guess if all these prophecies and rumors of 2012 being the end, who really wants to celebrate the new year anyway right? lol

  • MSLL January 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    There were a lot of people dissapointed about the cancellation of all New Year´s Eve celebration, and I´m one of them. The city didn´t have to go all out if there isn´t enough money, but apparently that´s not the problem, since they spend it in whatever they decide is best (for them). I couldn´t care less about the anniversary to tell you the truth, and I´m sure I´m not the only one, but come one, New Year´s Eve?? how could they not do anything at all?? This was ridiculous. St. George was probably the only city in United States who did nothing on New Year´s Eve. You don´t have to spend millions of $$ to allow people to gather and have fun. Only in St.George you do this things, or even better, like the year they changed the celebration to the night before, just because it happened to fall on a Sunday… give me a break!
    How if they asked us people what would we like to spend out tax money on for a change?? It´s not like we´re blind and don´t see all the money that´s being wasted all over, so don´t say it was because there isn´t any money, we´re not stupid!!

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