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Pleasant Grove to celebrate birthday with Heritage Festival

September 7, 2018

Pleasant Grove’s Heritage Festival, a celebration to mark the city’s 168th birthday, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Downtown Park, located at 200 S. Main St.

“Every Town Has a Story…Experience Ours” is the theme this year and festival-goers will get to experience that story and understand a little bit about what it was like to live in 1850 – the year that Pleasant Grove was founded. Visitors will be treated to a petting zoo, buggy and hay wagon rides, log branding, old-fashioned children’s games that are similar to what children in the 1850s played, a Kiwanis Club candy cannon and domestic arts demonstrations.

The domestic arts demonstrations will include yarn making, spinning and quilting. Brickmaking will also be exhibited at the festival.

According to Laurel Cunningham, committee member, there are many traditional activities as well as some new ones.

Something new this year will be axe-throwing. Prodigious Entertainment, a company based in Pleasant Grove will be on hand for this event. Participants must be nine years of age or older.

Those who want to know more about their own history and how it connects to Pleasant Grove can visit a relative-finder booth. Committee members have gathered data about some of the founding families of Pleasant Grove.

“Bring your Family Search username and password and volunteers will help you go online to see how you are related to these families,” said Stacy Martineau, festival chairperson. “So far, everyone who has tried it has found a match. It’s a great way to see how we belong to and with each other.”

If people do not have usernames and passwords from Family Search, they can still come and get set up, Martineau said.

Then, visitors can ride in a hay wagon or buggy to the cemetery, where volunteers will help them find the graves of their ancestors.

Entertainers this year include the Utah Children’s Choir and local groups, Funeral Potatoes and The Shane Lee Band. Carson Center will be telling the story of how Pleasant Grove came to be.

“She is a very talented storyteller,” Martineau said. “Her story is very interactive.”

Because it is a birthday celebration, there will be complimentary birthday cake served at 6 p.m. The cake is sponsored by Smith’s Food and Drug and Cravings Cupcakes. “Everyone is invited,” Martineau said. “It shall be a hoot-nanny.”

City Councilwoman Dianna Andersen said that knowing about and celebrating history is important in a community.

“The history of Pleasant Grove matters so much to each of us. The families that settled and established our downtown, our mills, our schools, shape who we are and how we view the world. Our history matters,” she said.

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