HYRUM — Hyrum City’s <a href=”http://hyrumcity.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Star-Spangled-Celebration-2017.pdf”>Star Spangled Celebration 2017</a> kicked off June 23-24, with the 73rd annual Star Spangled Rodeo. The festivities continue this weekend with a youth parade on City Square on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. and a water fight with the fire department at 11 a.m. at East Park. A Medieval tournament will take place at 4 p.m. at the Hyrum City Rodeo Grounds.
Ron Salvesen, Hyrum City’s administrator, said he is looking most forward to Sunday’s event, a patriotic program being held at 7 p.m. on City Square. The evening will feature guest speaker <a href=”https://cca.usu.edu/contact_us/deansoffice_staff/jessop_craig”>Dr. Craig Jessop</a>, along with performances by the <a href=”http://www.americanfestivalchorus.org/”>American Festival Chorus</a>, the <a href=”https://music.usu.edu/summer/alumniband”>USU Alumni Band</a> and a children’s choir comprised of elementary school-aged students from the south end of Cache Valley.
“We think it will be one of the larger events that we’ve had,” Salvesen said. “With the Festival choir and with the children’s choir, we feel like those will be things that bring a lot of interest in the community. They do a very quality program and they seem very excited to be here. I think that is probably going to be one of the big highlights this year.”
Hyrum City will host a full day of activities on the Fourth of July, beginning at the Power Plant at 7 a.m. with the <a href=”http://www.topofutahmarathon.com/freedom-home/”>Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run</a> and ending with a teen dance at Elite Hall from 10:30 p.m. until midnight. In between will be a chuck wagon breakfast benefitting the Mountain Crest High School Marching Band, a noon parade along Main Street and free watermelon at City Square after the parade.
<a href=”http://hyrumcity.org/”>Hyrum City</a> will also host booths and entertainment on City Square from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a Patriotic Flag & Historic Main Street Display will be open for public viewing at Elite Hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hyrum Hornets fans are invited to a baseball game at 7:30 p.m. at East Park, and entertainment and fireworks take place on the city soccer fields from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Salvesen said the Star Spangled Celebration is a tradition that brings the community together. Coordination of the event involves Hyrum City’s staff, city council and mayor, along with many volunteers.
“There’s a lot of people that are involved,” Salvesen said. “It’s just something that we look forward to as a city. I think there’s a lot of people that have lived in Hyrum and have moved who look forward to coming back for the celebration every year, or at least when they can. I think it becomes one of those things that brings people back to Hyrum, kind of to their roots. They’ve done this for so long that it’s something they look forward to.”
More information about the Star Spangled Celebration is available at <a href=”http://www.hyrumcity.org/”>www.hyrumcity.org</a>.