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The Art Around the Corner Foundation here in St. George is “dedicated to supporting the arts, enhancing the community’s lifestyle through art; and, displaying fine art on nearly every street corner in historic downtown St. George.”  This organization – which has changed names a few times since its formation in 1988 – was a driving force in restoring the long-abandoned St. George Opera House to its former glory, and building the St. George Art Museum and Social Hall in the Pioneer Center for the Arts complex on the corner of Main Street and 200 North.

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St. George and Christmas are both steeped in tradition.

The first pioneer wagons arrived in the area now known as St. George on November 25, 1861.  A week later on December 4, the main body of 378 men and 370 women arrived at their destination here in Southern Utah, setting up camp on what is called today, the Encampment Mall on the campus of Dixie State University.

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pecans on a table

Most visitors to the St. George area have never heard of Dixie salad, popular during the Thanksgiving holiday – considered “a must” by some.  Dixie salad, like so many of the favorite dishes we enjoy throughout the year came about as the result of “necessity as the mother of invention.”  Our early pioneers had a variety of fruits, such as apples, raisins, pomegranates and nuts on hand around Thanksgiving; and, they also had cream from cows in their backyard.

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santa in his workshop

Still trying to find that something special to put under the Christmas tree for your favorite someone?  Looking for a fun and festive way to walk off the calories from your Thanksgiving dinner?  Bring your gift list and find exactly what you are looking for at the 32nd Annual Santa’s Workshop Christmas Gift Show.  Join your friends and neighbors on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25 at the Dixie Center, 1835 Convention Center Drive.  FREE and open to the public, the largest craft and gift event in Southern Utah is a magical marketplace for crafts, fine art and novelty items for holiday crowds.  You’ll even find booths of “Made in Utah” products and “Made in the USA” merchandise.

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huntsman senior games medalists

A large percentage of Washington County residents will be volunteering in one way or another during the month of October as Tuacahn’s summer season comes to an end even as the world comes to our door to participate, first in the St. George Marathon, now in its 39th year with an anticipated 7,500 runners along with friends and family members.

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St George Marathon Runners

We admit it!  October is a veritable beehive of activity in St. George, UT.  As a community, we’ve survived our 156th triple-digit summer (only the last 35 or so with the wondrous blessing of air conditioning) and are enjoying cooler temperatures and a huge influx of visitors for our world class and extremely popular events, including the St. George Marathon and the Huntsman World Senior Games.

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dixie gun show

Crossroads of the West Gunshow

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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st george regional medical center

Diversity … or the Lack Thereof?

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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Washington County Fair

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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To Market, To Market, Jiggity Gig

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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