Fiesta Days in Spanish Fork draws crowds to celebrate Pioneer Day


The weeklong festivities of the 70th annual Fiesta Days in Spanish Fork drew many people out to celebrate Pioneer Day.

With the wide range of events like a 10K race, fairs, carnivals, parades, rodeos and fireworks, Spanish Fork had no short supply of activities for students and families alike to participate in.

The Grand Parade, which took place on Tuesday, welcomed the city’s police force, firefighters, city council members, high school teams and organizations, Utah pageant winners and other citywide organizations.

“I love coming and seeing all the people lined up alongside the street, especially the kids, to watch the parade,” said Jamie Hills, a BYU graduate who studied French. “You could see how excited people were for the floats and all the festivities that come along with Pioneer Day.”

Many of the participants in the parade also had family members on the sidelines waving and cheering them on as they walked along Main Street. “It was fun to see all of the little girls waving and cheering for all the pageant winners, since my little sister just won Miss Provo,” said Rachel Purse, a BYU senior studying exercise and wellness.

The fun did not stop at the parade however. To end the weeklong celebration of Fiesta Days, there was one last night of carnival and rodeo fun that ended with a fireworks show.

“It was fun to see how Pioneer Day is celebrated in Utah, since we don’t celebrate it in California, where I’m from,” said Andrew Davidson, a BYU junior studying mechanical engineering. “It was definitely a small-town carnival with all of the rides and the booths, but I thought it was fun that they ended the night with fireworks.”

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