Washington City remembers heritage with Cotton Days celebration; parade, 5K, festival

Combined image of Cotton Days events to be held in Washington City. Location and date not specified | Image courtesy of Washington City, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — Washington City’s annual Cotton Days celebration kicks off this week and continues through May 7 with a plethora of activities sure to delight young and old.

Combined image of Cotton Days events to be held in Washington City. Location and date not specified | Image courtesy of Washington City, St. George News
Combined image of Cotton Days events to be held in Washington City. Location and date not specified | Image courtesy of Washington City, St. George News

The almost two-week long celebration will honor the pioneer heritage of yesteryear while providing parades, races, games, tournaments and more for the residents and visitors of the city today.

In addition to the Cotton Days activities a special golf tournament will be held at Green Spring Golf Course May 13-14.

Cotton Days 2016 Schedule

April 25-April 29 | Second Grade Field Trips, 9:30 a.m. |  Veterans Park, 75 E. Telegraph­ St., Washington City

  • Local second grade students get the chance to learn about Washington City’s history. Students will learn about clothing and textile making, planting of crops, antique tractors and machinery, the first settlers and their modes of transportation

April 26 |  Ice Cream Social Historical Society,­ 6 p.m. |  Historical Museum, 25 E. Main Street., Washington City

  • Enjoy an ice cream social and wagon rides to historical sites such as the Covington Home, Adair Springs and Cotton Mill. Contact George Staheli with the Washington City Historical Society at 435-673-­3085

April 27 |  Junior Rodeo ­ 5:30 p.m. ­| Milcreek Ranch, 840 S. 100 East, Washington City

  •  Washington City is excited to continue the tradition of the Cotton Days Junior Rodeo. Once again the lights will be lit at the old posse grounds in Washington City for kids 17 and under to compete in events that include barrel racing, goat tying, breakaway, poles, flag chase, team roping and much more. This year’s rodeo will include mutton bustin’ that will allow all kids to come and get a little dirty. Put on your cowboy boots and hats, saddle your horse and c’mon down and enjoy a night of fun, food and entertainment. Download the Junior Rodeo registration form at CottonDays.org

April 30 | Activites all day starting at 7 a.m. | Various Washington City locations

  • Balloon Rally, 7 a.m. at Staheli Family Farm, 3400 South Washington Fields Road, Washington City
  • Cotton Days 5K, 7 a.m. at Telegraph and Main Street, Washington City. Register at the Washington City Community Center, 350 N. Community Center Drive, Washington City or online.
  • Cotton Days Mayors Walk,  7:30 a.m. at Telegraph and Main Street, Washington City. Register at the Washington City Community Center, 350 N. Community Center Drive, Washington City or online.
  • Cotton Days Lions Breakfast served by Washington Utah Lions Club and Washington City Mayor Kenny Neilson, 7:30-10 a.m., Veterans Park Gazebo, 75 E. Telegraph St., Washington City
  • Cotton Days “Feels Like Home” Parade, 9 a.m. Parade starts at 300 East and Telegraph St.
  • Cotton Fest featuring vendors, food, games, live entertainment and bounce houses, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Veterans Park,  75 E. Telegraph St., Washington City. For more information contact Marcia Whitney by telephone: 435-656-6360
  • Cotton Days Car Show featuring new, classic and vintage autombiles and free hot dogs and root beer while supplies last, 10 a.m., Nission Park, 30 S. 200 West, Washington City
  • Cotton Days Tractor Pull, 11 a.m., dirt lot west of Old Nisson’s Foodtown parking lot, 111 N. 100 East, Washington City. For more information contact Rosie Kirkland by telephone: 435-862-6212
  • Cotton Days Family Softball Tournament, 2 p.m., Washington City Softball Fields, 200 North 300 East, Washington City. For more information contact Mike Jensen by telephone: 435-229-9563
  • Cotton Days Music and movie in the Park, 6 p.m. music, 8:30 p.m. movie, Veterans Park, 75 E. Telegraph St., Washington City

May 1 | Fireside “A Trail Through Time,” 6 p.m. | Historical Museum, 25 E Main Street, Washington City

  • Come and enjoy historic photographs of Washington City’s heritage presented by the Washington City Historic Society. For more information, please contact Sherrie Staheli at 435-229-­5239

May 2 | Cotton Days Family Swim Party, 5-8 p.m. | Washington City Community Center, 350 N. Community Center Drive, Washington City

  • The community center is turning 8 years old, and the community is invited for a night of family fun to celebrate. There will be a variety of activities for the whole family, a night community members won’t want to miss. There will be great discounts for annual memberships and opportunities to win prizes. This evening will provide the whole family with the opportunity to enjoy the facility for free. Water walker balls, foam bubbles, vendor booths, live music and light refreshments all included. For more details please visit cottondays.org

May 7 | Iron Man Pancake Breakfast, 8-10 a.m. | Corner of Main Street and Buena Vista Street, see map for directions

  • The Ironman 70.3 St. George is coming and Washington City wants everyone to come out and cheer on the participants as they bike through the city. A free pancake breakfast will be provided. This is a great opportunity to show Ironman participants how Washington City supports them.

May 13-14 | Golf Tournament, 9 a.m. | Green Springs Golf Course, 588 N. Green Spring Dr., Washington City

  • The tournament features a shotgun start in a three-man scramble format. Entry fee is $125 per person for the two-day tournament. Price includes green fees, cart prizes, lunch and the payoff. See the event page for details or call 435-673­-7888

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