The Crossroads of the West Gunshow, in St. George, is a popular traveling event held annually in several cities around the country, despite the political climate which questions gun ownership. Since the 2016 show in St. George, Crossroads of the West Gun Shows nationwide have attracted more than half a million guests, more than any other gun show in America.
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The 3rd Annual Zion Matrix Live Concert on Saturday, September 9 will once again feature Sukhdev and Akahdahmah, the world-renowned dynamic husband and wife duo known as Aykanna. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the O. C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale, Aykanna’s “LOVE IS THE ANSWER” concert will showcase their powerful synergy and joint vision of freedom, unity, peace and love in the world through their soulful, rhythmic blend of inspirational wisdom, funky beats and sacred music reflecting their love for one another and Mother Earth. This live benefit concert supports the non-profit “Girls on the Run.”
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The world premiere of “The Tavern,” a satirical comedy written by the 1930’s most famous song and dance man, George M. Cohan and adapted by Joseph Hanreddy, is certain to be a memorable evening of fun, laughter and edge-of-the-seat anticipation. The story line tells of the happenings on “one dark and stormy night when a wild wind blows all sorts of oddball characters into a remote Utah tavern—a mysterious vagabond, a damsel in distress, a politician, his daughter, and her fiancé. A thief is on the loose, suspicions abound, and no one is who they seem! Everyone tries to solve the crime, which only multiplies the laughter as this melodramatic farce rolls to its madcap ending.”
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Our beautiful red rock country has many amazing reasons to visit us here in Southern Utah. We have incredible scenery, worldclass and well-organized events; friendly residents; state-of-the-art medical facilities; a rapidly growing university; golf, golf, and more golf; and, your choice of Broadway quality arts and entertainment. Our crime rate is 34% below the national average making us safer than 61% of U. S. cities. What we don’t have – although its gradually changing – is a lot of diversity in our population.
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The annual harvest celebration – known as the Enterprise Corn Fest – is a happy combination of “county-fair” type activities during the day and dancing to live music at night; a vintage car show; and the best corn-on-the-cob ever fresh from the fields … all in a small town America setting. But that’s not all! Besides corn eating, sure-to-please events throughout the day also include a softball and volleyball tournament, mechanical bull, half-marathon and 5k, booths, Dutch oven dinner, and live entertainment.
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The Washington County Fair has been an eagerly anticipated event here in the “land of awes” for 157 years despite its several names and locations before settling into its permanent home in 1997 – 20 “awe”some year ago – at the Regional Fair Park. The Fair’s location is 3 miles east off the I-15 freeway Exit 40 – or about 15 miles from downtown St. George.
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Farmers markets are one of those community events which reflect the old saying, “everything old is new again” and the St. George area has two really good ones – both held on Saturday morning (weather permitting) – worth mentioning.
The Downtown Farmers Market is held every Saturday Saturday from mid-May to the end of October, 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Ancestor Square, located on the northwest corner of St. George Blvd. and Main Street.
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For those who live outside of the Beehive State, the 24th of July is officially called Pioneer Day … which celebrates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. Pioneer Day is generally a day of parades, fireworks, rodeos, and other festivities in most of Utah and in parts of neighboring states with strong LDS populations, which help commemorate the event. Be aware this is a state holiday so most government offices and many businesses are closed. Although the holiday has strong links to the LDS Church, it is officially a celebration for everyone, regardless of faith and nationality, who are or consider themselves to be pioneers.
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It’s considered a bit of a fluke that the world’s first and only professional theater company dedicated to honoring the works of America’s comic playwright, screenwriter and author Neil Simon is held in Cedar City, Utah. Simon has written more than thirty plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his works and has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer, but – as far as we know – he has yet to visit Cedar City.
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The regional premiere of the highly imaginative, vaudeville-infused William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged) tells the marginally-true (well, actually not true at all) story of what is claimed to be a long lost manuscript of William Shakespeare’s first play. Playing on alternating days from July 28 to October 21, this fast, funny and frenzied performance finds a trio of comic actors using their questionable knowledge of The Bard and their street sense to do the convincing. Audiences in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theater on the campus of Southern Utah University will be delighted with this show’s unadulterated hilarity.
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