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Logan celebrates 164th Pioneer Day with food, fun, fireworks

July 27th, 2011 Posted in Arts and Life

By Cassidee J. Cline

LOGAN—Fireworks lit up the night sky over Logan Monday as the grand finale for the Pioneer Day celebration.

Throughout the day, hundreds of people flooded Willow Park at 450 W. 700 South for a day filled with activities, entertainment and art.

Booths were spread throughout the park displaying local artwork, food and merchandise for sale.

Nick Smith, 25, has been running a kettle corn booth and participating in the Logan’s Pioneer Day for the past four years.

“[Kettle Corn] is a salty sweet popcorn we make here and specialize in,” he said. “It is super good and everybody loves it.”

Smith is a Utah State alumnus who graduated as a business major and took over the kettle corn business, which has been in his family for around 12 years. He said Pioneer Day is only one of many places Smith’s kettle corn booth visits.

“The event is awesome,” Smith said. “We’ve always been successful here and have had a good time.”

The park opened itself to culinary masters, artistic talents and even kept children entertained.

Cliffhanger Recreation set up a 24 ft. climbing wall, a giant inflatable slide, an obstacle course and a bounce house to keep kids entertained and active throughout the day.

Shaylon Christiansen, 21, was in charge of the rock wall. He said his father has been running the business for 10 years.

He said Cliffhanger Recreation has been providing equipment, like the rock wall, to Pioneer Day for four years.

“Logan City puts on a good show,” Christiansen said. “We are here for the long haul.”

Lily Purcell, 7, tackled the giant wall as her mother, Randa Purcell, 24, stood and watched below.

“We’ve been coming here for the past seven years,” Randa said. “The girls love the fireworks and they have these fun slides and adventure rock climbing.”

“The fireworks are fun and loud,” Lily said as she stood by her mother after mastering the climb.

Pioneer Day is celebrating the entry and settlement of the first Mormon Pioneers in Utah on July 24, 1847.




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