The Haunted Woods

fb_img_1477140879727The Haunted Woods and Lost Carnival is at the Willow Glen Inn (3308 N Bulldog Rd) on October 22, 28, 29 and 31st, 2016 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

$8 per victim. Group rates and family packs available for this Halloween event. For more information call 435-586-3275.

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Thunderbird Throwdown

suu-thunderbird-throwdown-basketballThe SUU Thunderbird Throwdown will be Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Centrum Arena.

Meet the basketball teams, dunk contest, 3-point contest and red & white scrimmage.

Free to the public.

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Dancing With Your Community Stars Benefit Show

iron-county-dancing-with-your-community-stars-showIron County’s Dancing with your Community Stars benefit show will be Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Heritage Center Theater at 6:30 pm.

Join them for a fun-filled evening as these amazing stars dance the night away raising funds for your local Iron County Children’s Justice Center.

Dancers include: Darin Adams (CCPD), Heather Allen (Sonny Boy’s BBQ), Mike Bleak (CCPD), Ashlee Dennett (DCFS), Derk Evans (Evans Hair College), Xavier Garcia (Paiute Indian Tribe), Matt Mellor (Delta Disaster Services), Tamara Reber (Rogue Training), Jennifer Weaver (Cedar City Corp.), Ashley Whiting (Cedar Middle School)

Tickets: Adults $15, Children (0-12) $10. Purchase tickets from any of the Stars, from the Children’s Justice Center (545 S 220 E), by calling 435-867-4275 or on the web at

The Iron County Children’s Justice Center is a safe home-life setting where victims of child abuse can receive a forensic interview, medical exam, and referral to victim services, such as mental health counseling and support services. All funds benefit the center.

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Hallelujah Night Festival

hallelujah-night-festival-cedar-city-halloweenThe Hallelujah Night Festival was Monday, October 31, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the SUU parking lot. It is a free Halloween event for the Cedar City area community. There will be lots of candy and prizes, free bounce houses, game booths and great music. Bring your kids and dress in costume for this fun event. The Hallelujah Night Festival happens each year.

If you have any questions, please call 435-867-8188.

Sponsored by Calvary Chapel.

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Gift & Craft Fair

gift-craft-fair-catholic-womens-council-cedar-cityThere will be a gift and craft fair on Friday and Saturday October 21-22, 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Newman Center (next door to the Catholic Thrift Shoppe). There will be local crafted items and baked goods.

This event helps fund the Catholic Women’s Council local community outreach projects.

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The Piano Guys Concert

The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys will be in concert in Cedar City on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Centrum Arena!

Tickets go on sale TODAY at 8:00 am and can be purchased at (look under Concerts), or by calling the Centrum Ticket Office at 435-586-7872.

Ticket prices: $25 for SUU students, $30 all other students, and $39.50 & $49.50 for adults.

Presented by: SUU Alumni & Community Relations, SUUSA, Cherry Creek Media and Iron County Today.

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Cedar City Livestock & Heritage Festival

cedar-livestock-heritage-festivalThe Cedar Livestock Heritage Festival will be October 28-29, 2016.

There will be a Johnny Rodriguez concert, quilt show, livestock festival, antique tractor and machinery show, “top dog” sheepdog demo, junior ranch rodeo, draft horse demo, vintage car display, Dutch oven cooking contest, cowboy dirt dance and more!



Iron County’s Livestock History
By Chad Reid, USU Extension Office
Dr. Jim Bowns and Janet Seegmiller, Southern Utah University.

Mormon pioneers entered what is now Utah in 1847 and colonization soon spread throughout the area. Cedar City was settled in 1851 and livestock production, a significant part of the agrarian society, was the main source of income from meat, milk, butter, cheese, hides, and wool. By the late 1860’s the fear of Indians and wild animals had subsided, and the local residents took up homesteads in the nearby mountains. The first agriculture activity was dairying. Women and children moved to the mountains for the summer and set up dairies while the men and older boys remained in the valley and farmed. Thus, dairy cows were the first livestock to utilize these mountain ranges. Milk was used mainly for making butter and cheese which was taken to town each week or two and sold or traded for needed items. The McConnell family was one of the first to have a mountain dairy in 1869 and a granddaughter described the “top of the mountain as a sylvan paradise and everywhere grass and wild barley, waist high, browse and vivid wild flowers carpeted the meadows and hillsides. Compared to the arid valley below, such untouched beauty and bounteous feed were overwhelming.”

In approximately 1890, some prominent Cedar City cattlemen went into the sheep business by purchasing a herd of sheep from Colorado. These early sheep men built up their herds by keeping as many ewe lambs as they could and selling only the 2- or 3-year-old weathers that were driven on foot or horseback to market in Chicago or Kansas City. Livestock men soon realized that sheep were ideally suited to southern Utah ranges, especially the mountain summer ranges where Larkspur (Delphiniumbarbeyi) was common. This plant is highly toxic to cattle but is well tolerated by sheep and is considered valuable forage for them.

Even today despite the declining numbers of sheep in the West, sheep are still the dominant livestock species on Cedar Mountain. In the first decade of the 21st century, Iron County has some 160 farms involved with cattle and sheep. In 2002, the number of cattle and calves was 25,683, with sales of cattle in the year of 14,467. The number of sheep was 34,908. Neither the acreage devoted to livestock, nor the number of animals tells as much about the county’s dedication to its livestock industry as does the seasonal movement of cattle and sheep to and from the summer ranges on the mountains and the winter ranges in the valleys. The pattern of livestock and ranching continues, with families relishing the traditions being passed on to the fifth and sometimes sixth generation. This makes the celebration of our livestock heritage a natural festival for the community!

To learn more about Iron County’s Livestock Industry you can purchase “Selected Stories of the Livestock Industry in Iron County”, at the USU Extension Office, 585 N. Main, Cedar City, for $10. Each year, additional stories will be added to the book.

Haunted Homestead

haunted-homestead-halloween-cedar-city-utahTreats and costumes and fun, Oh my!

Join the Frontier Homestead State Park in getting in the Halloween spirit October 10-13 with a four day spook-tacular event! You won’t want to miss this four day event tailored to give an early Halloween experience to visitors of all ages.

October 10th and 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm the Haunted Homestead kicks off with two nights of family fun. The grounds and buildings are transformed with decorations and there will be treats, games, and ghost stories for the whole family. For older visitors, or those who aren’t faint of heart, the following two nights focus on the Cedar City Cemetery and the paranormal.

October 12th at 6:30 pm visitors may follow our museum staff on a tour through the Cedar City Cemetery. This tour focuses on those who first arrived in Cedar City and a glimpse at some points of interest within the cemetery. This tour is led by flashlight to enhance the experience.

October 13th at 7:00 pm the homestead will be visited by the Southern Utah Paranormal Investigation team. For those brave enough to listen, their tales of paranormal investigations and experiences in Cedar City will certainly raise the hairs on your neck. Do you dare?

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The Forgotten Carols in Cedar City!

the-forgotten-carols-christmas-music-concert-cedar-city-utahMichael McLean’s The Forgotten Carols concert will be in Cedar City, Utah on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the Heritage Center.

The Forgotten Carols tells the story of a nurse whose empty life is changed when a new patient recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd and others help her discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, and open her heart to the joy of this special season.

The 25th anniversary tour will feature Michael McLean and Adrien Swensen. It will also star Gili Getz, Jeff McLean, Christy Summerhays and Lynne McLean.

For ticketing or tour questions contact

There will be a matinee (4:00 pm, $18-$30) and an evening show (7:30 pm, $23-$36).

Buy tickets for the matinee or the evening performance.

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The Forgotten Carols is recommended for ages 5 and older.  Everyone 2 and older must have a ticket.  No babes-in-arms.  To be courteous to other audience members, if your child is causing any disturbance please exit the theater.

10% discount when a patron purchases 10 tickets for the same show in one online order.  If purchasing through Eventbrite, please contact the event organizer at for a discount code.  If purchasing through the venue’s ticketing site, please contact the venue’s box office.

New Harmony Apple Festival

new-harmony-utah-apple-festivalThe New Harmony Apple Festival will be Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the New Harmony town park from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

FREE! That’s right no admission fee!

There will be food trucks, homemade crafts and goods, apple pie eating contest, live music, raffles, prizes, bake sale and apples.

The Apple Festival is an annual fundraiser for our 100% volunteer fire department and 100% of the profits go to purchase life saving equipment and supplies. This will be our 18th year. Last year we we’re able to raise about $3,500 and had about 3,000 in attendance through out the day. There will be live music all day, bounce houses, mechanical bull riding, fire safety demonstrations, local vendors, food trucks, and of course the famous New Harmony Apples!!!!

The Harmony Valley Fire District provides fire protection and emergency first responders to the greater New Harmony Valley of southern Utah. The area covered is approximately 51 square miles and includes the town ofNew Harmony itself, along with a 8 mile stretch of Interstate 15. The fire department provides both structural fire protection and wild land fire suppression capabilities to the 1700 residents in the valley. With numerous vehicle accidents occurring each year on I-15 and valley surface streets, the department’s capability of responding to motor vehicle accidents and providing life saving extrication fills a vital role. The training and equipment to carry out these operations is vital to the safety of both the residents and those transiting through our beautiful valley.

New Harmony Apple Festival Web Site

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