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Welcome to Heritage Festival

What's Happening

Monday, September 11, at the downtown park on Main Street, the party starts at 5:00 PM and will continue until 8:00 PM. There will be fun activities, great music, food, and all your favorite people- family, friends, and neighbors- enjoying the fact that Pleasant Grove is turning 167.

Most of our favorite traditions will be there. The Nielsen’s will be there to help you work their huge 2-man saw and pick out your favorite branding iron to use on your wood slice. Ken Millet will teach you how the early pioneers made bricks and then let you try making one of your own. Buggies and a hay wagon will take you on a ride over to the cemetery where the sweet Hannah Jane Driggs will answer questions about her father, Shadrack Driggs, one of PG’s founders.

There will be demonstrations and opportunities to try your hand at some of the skills our ancestors did as part of their daily routine- spinning wool, quilting, and washing clothes with a wash board. Roshan Richards of Soaplicity will be giving lessons on old fashioned soap making and why we are lucky to have had that skill evolve over the years.

The Kiwanis club candy cannon will be there, exploding with sugary treats off and on throughout the night. They will also bring everything needed for your little ones to master the art of wielding a hammer and hitting a nail. Best fun ever.

The Lion’s club is teaming up with PG’s own Big Daddy’s pizza for a fund-raising dinner. Plan on a huge slice of pizza and a bottle of water for only $3 and a chance to support a great cause.

If you are still hungry there will be birthday cake at 6:30 at the pavilion. Maceys and Alisha’s Bakery are providing the cakes. There will be enough for the first 300 people and only 12 corner pieces so…

At the neighborhood booth you can check out the giant map to see which of the 12 neighborhoods you live in. Also available will be maps with the neighborhood history printed on the back for only $1. The neighborhood format and histories are a fun and unique part of Pleasant Groves past. Come learn all about it.

Come and try your skills at playing some pioneer games…tug-of-war, arm wrestling, stick wrestling, gunny sack races and others. Make a button yo-yo to keep.

New this year will be the Ivie Acres Farm petting zoo with an amazing variety of animals including a large tortoise, a baby guanaco, a baby yak and some farm animals that the pioneers would have actually recognized.

The zucchini contest is also new to the festival. Bring your heaviest, longest, strangest shaped, most creative or one that resembles a celebrity to the FFA booth. Be creative! Dress that squash up! There are fabulous prizes available. Win one of the 5 categories but remember that all entries have to go home with you after the festival. All of them.

We are excited this year to introduce Relative Finder. With the group name PleasantGroveUtahfoundingfamilies you can learn how to log on and see which of the founding families (1850-1853) you are related to. Bring your smart phone or let one of the volunteers help you through the process of finding your family. One word of warning: Relative Finder is absolutely addictive and energizing. You will never be the same, cousin dear, never.

On the stage we are lucky enough to have some of our most favorite performers.

The Schedule

  • 5:05-5:45 The Funeral Potatoes
  • 5:50 The National Anthem by the Utah Children’s Choir with director Kay Asay
  • 6:00 The Story of Pleasant Grove by renown storyteller Carson Center
  • 6:25-7:05 The Walker Brothers
  • 7:10-8:00 The Shane Lee Band
Every town has a story….experience ours!