LAVERKIN – The city of LaVerkin will be bustling with activity Saturday as it gets set to celebrate its first ever Founders Day, honoring the first settlers of the city as well as those who made the city become what it is today.
A host of fun activities has been planned for attendees including a free breakfast, a soapbox derby competition, a softball competition, homemade ice cream and more.
A special tribute will be paid to lifelong LaVerkin resident, Ardella Gubler Heiner, who is the youngest daughter of one of the very first settlers of LaVerkin, City Administrator Kyle Gubler said.
Gov. Gary Herbert will be the concluding speaker at the honoree program held for Heiner who is 95 years old, Gubler said.
City leaders plan to make this an annual event, Gubler said, and hope that people will come out and participate and enjoy a fun day in LaVerkin.
In addition to Founders Day, Safe Kids Washington County, The Southwest Utah Public Health Department and the LaVerkin City Police Department are hosting a safety fair at the LaVerkin City Park, located on North State Street.
The safety fair will feature a bike rodeo, free bike helmets (limited number), fingerprinting, internet safety, emergency vehicles on display and much more.
The safety fair is for everyone, LaVerkin City Police Officer Amber Crouse said, adding that it is going to be a lot of fun and very informative on how to keep kids and families safe.
LaVerkin city leaders, as well as Gov. Herbert, will also take part in a special ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration for the new Best Western Plus Zion West Hotel located at 44 W. 500 North in LaVerkin at 11:15 a.m.
Guided property tours will take place every 30 minutes starting at noon and attendees will receive swag bags full of goodies as well as be entered to win a complimentary stay at the hotel (must be present to win). Sonny Boy’s Barbeque will be catering the celebration.
Founders Day Activities
- 8-10 a.m. | Free breakfast sponsored by Davis Farmers Market and served by LaVerkin city leaders | Location: North of LaVerkin Elementary, 51 W. Center Street, LaVerkin
- 10-11 a.m. | Honoree program honoring Ardella Gubler Heiner with guest speaker Gov. Gary Herbert | Location: City Council Chambers, 111 S. Main Street, LaVerkin
- 11 a.m. | Ice cream social featuring homemade ice cream and molasses candy | Location: Old White Church gym, 111 S. Main Street, LaVerkin
- 11 a.m. | Soapbox derby competition | Location: Center Street, LaVerkin
- 11 a.m. | North vs. South co-ed softball game | Location: Field north of LaVerkin Elementary, 51 W. Center Street, LaVerkin
- 12:30 p.m. | Hot dogs, root beer, ice cream and candy at a nominal cost | Location: LaVerkin Elementary, 51 W. Center Street, LaVerkin
- 1:30 p.m. | Closing ceremony and awards for softball and soapbox derby | Location: LaVerkin Elementary, 51 W. Center Street, LaVerkin
- What: Family Safety Fair
- When: Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Where: LaVerkin City Park, North State Street, LaVerkin
- Cost: Free
Best Western Ribbon Cutting
- What: Ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration for the new Best Western Plus Zion West Hotel
- When: Saturday, April 25, 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ribbon cutting 11:15 a.m. Guided property tours every 30 minutes beginning at noon
- Where: Best Western Plus Zion West Hotel, 44 W. 500 North, LaVerkin
- Resources: RSVP to Darshan Joshi [email protected]
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