Cotton Days kicks off with parade, tractor pull, festivities; STGnews photo gallery

Cotton Days Celebration held in Washington City, Utah, April 25, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY – Tractors and classic cars dominated the landscape at the Washington City Cotton Days Celebration which kicked off its slate of week-plus long activities Saturday morning.

Cotton Days Celebration held in Washington City, Utah, April 25, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Cotton Days Celebration held in Washington City, Utah, April 25, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

The fun started with an early morning 5K and Lions Club breakfast served up by Washington City leaders.

A cheerful parade brightened the cloudy day with colorful clowns, classic cars, decorated floats and more.

But not everything was bright, several characters from cinema’s darker side made an appearance during the celebration including Star Wars’ ultimate bad guy, Darth Vader, and the dark knight himself; Batman.

The action continued at Veterans Park where a festival complete with bounce houses, bubbles, a soapy slip and slide, face painting, vendors, food and entertainment delighted crowds.

Cotton Days Celebration held in Washington City, Utah, April 25, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Cotton Days Celebration held in Washington City, Utah, April 25, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Amber Vanderheyden, mayor of the Washington City Youth Council was on hand, along with other members of the youth council, to paint faces, run booths and participate in the parade.

The youth council volunteers at several community events, Vanderheyden said adding that they try to help wherever they can.

Over at the Old Nisson Foodtown’s parking lot a fierce battle of antique tractors was waged which showcased the prowess of the old but capable machines.

Cotton Days Celebration held in Washington City, Utah, April 25, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Cotton Days Celebration held in Washington City, Utah, April 25, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

A classic car show and more rounded out Saturday’s day of fun.

St. George News Photographer Dave Amodt was in attendance and captured the day’s magic.

Cotton Days continues through May 8. A full line-up of events can be found here.

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