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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 Marathon Runners

St. George Marathon

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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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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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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Utah Summer Games

It has now been over 15 years since the Great State of Utah hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.  Those who participated in any way still remember the thrill of meeting and greeting thousands of visitors from around the globe, showing up to support their favorite among 2,400 athletes showcasing their skills in 165 events.

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The city-owned and operated Sand Hollow Aquatic Center – known locally as the SHAC – is a water lover’s paradise with a competition and diving pool and a 5,800 square foot leisure pool.  For those with teeny-tiny ones, the leisure pool has a zero depth entry area, interactive children’s water toys, a water walk, a variety of slides, sprays and moving water.

Our SHAC also is a great place to host your next birthday party with three affordable party package deals, including the Basic Splash Party, the Splash-N-Play bash and the Splash-N-Cake celebration.

You can also rent the SHAC for private pool parties – including company get-togethers or family reunions – on Friday or Saturday night.   Reservations for semi-private gatherings can be made for Monday through Thursday nights, too.

Group, semi-private and private lessons can be scheduled at affordable rates.  And, quarterly, ½ year and annual individual and family passes make open swim and lap swimming programs available on a drop in basis to fit your busy work and family schedule.

The Sand Hollow Aquatic Center is situated at 1144 N. Lava Flow Drive in St. George although it sits squarely on the border of our neighboring communities of Santa Clara and Ivins.

SHAC is closed on Sunday, but for information about other days and hours as well as a few simple rules see sgcity.org/swimming online.

Our storied hot summer months are made bearable by a dip in the pool – any pool – but once you’ve had your fill of splishing and splashing, you’ll find your comfortable, affordable home-away-from-home vacation condominium waiting for you where you can rest and relax until tomorrow’s Southern Utah adventure calls!  Register today online at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!

New Fiesta Fun

The “old” Fiesta Fun, which opened in 1993 on 10 acres of land just off Main Street behind McDonald’s, is now the “new” Fiesta Fun after a major facelift last year.  “Open everyday, all day, all year long,” Fiesta Fun at 171 E. 1160 South, is where you’ll find lots to do for kids of any age, including batting cages (7 stalls with 5 different speeds for baseball and softball with bats and helmets provided … perfect for any skill level!); mini-golf on a newly designed 18-hole course; state-of-the-art arcade with the hottest video and redemption games anywhere; go-karts where kids can “rev” up some serious fun on an exciting speed track for testing their skills; bumper boats for a splashing good time; and soft play for the little ones to crawl, run and slide.

After they’ve worked up an appetite, try the Back Porch Café with delicious food and cool drinks.Fiesta Fun Family Center takes pride in providing clean and safe fun for family and friends.

If family fun is on your agenda for your Southern Utah vacation getaway, we at Five Seasons Vacation Condominiums or St. George Resort Rentals can help you find it.  Register online today for your beautiful, comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We look forward to serving your vacation needs!

The cotton factory in Washington City is a clear reminder cotton was once a major industry in pioneer Dixie and the reason Brigham Young sent reluctant settlers to build homes and communities here in the southwestern-most corner of Utah.  Those hearty early pioneers – many who were originally southerners from such home states as Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee – brought cotton seed with them to this then-remote locale and began raising cotton in 1857, despite facing trials such as heat, thirst, disease and the constant need for repair to irrigation dams.  But while their crops thrived, the realities of transporting their heavy bales to northern Utah meant days – even weeks – away from their families, farms and church duties … and the cost, not just in time but in dollars and cents, was prohibitive.  Within a short period of time, it became evident the solution and the only effective way to keep cotton growing lucrative, was to build a factory nearer to the crop.

Brother Brigham decided the best way to bring his plan to fruition was to dismantle underutilized woolen milling machinery near Salt Lake City and transport it by wagons to Washington City.  Under the direction of Appleton Harmon, “the project was pursued with haste.”  The first floor of the factory was completed within a year, despite many of the pioneers who were involved at the time in the construction of the St. George Tabernacle as well as constructing dams, clearing land and building homes for their families. 

By 1868, the cotton factory was fully operational and within two years, a second floor was added using donated funds from the people who had plans to buy out Brigham Young, their benefactor.  But at the end of the Civil War, cotton flooded the market so growing it in this part of the country no longer made sense. After 30 years, the cotton factory was closed in the spring of 1898.

For decades, the cotton factory sat unused and fell into disrepair until the mid-1980’s when Norma Cannizzaro adopted the property and made its restoration her personal crusade. In her enthusiasm, she invested a considerable sum in repairing the exterior and renovating the interior as an events center, but nearly a decade later she admitted she could no longer support the project.

Hyrum and Gail Smith purchased the grounds in 1993 with plans to create a historical village with the cotton factory as its centerpiece. But, they too, encountered difficulties, forcing them to put the factory back on the market.

In 1998, Star Nursery, a successful local business, purchased the cotton factory to house its second St. George location. Star Nursery adapted the main floor of the building for its garden shop but carefully preserved the building’s pioneer construction, leaving the exterior and upper floors of the factory unchanged.  In support of the needs of the community, Star Nursery still makes the second floor available for public use and tours.

As vacationers here in southern Utah, it’s a sure bet you aren’t concerned about gardening, but a walk through the historic cotton factory is a must-do.  Another “must do” is to register online today for your beautiful, comfortable and affordable home-away-from-home at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or  laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We look forward to seeing you.

From late March to mid-May, the southern Utah desert comes alive with color when wildflowers dot the landscape making such places as Snow Canyon State Park, Zion National Park and the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve a tourists’ delight!  Here in Washington County, at the unique confluence of three ecosystems – the Mojave and Great Basin deserts and the Colorado Plateau – a plethora of early season flowers include spectacle pod, desert marigolds. Fiddleneck, elegant lupine, Palmer penstemon, firecracker penstemon, sego lily, yellow evening primrose, pale evening primrose, globemallow, desert 4 O’clock, purple sage, indigo bush and desert willow. Blooms on prickly pear cactus and purple torch plants come later in the season, but are usually worth the wait.

When viewing wildflowers in our high desert, you are encouraged to stay on well-established trails, even when picture taking since the desert soil is itself, a living organism critical to the ecosystem.  And, please don’t pick the flowers.  Leave them for others to enjoy. 

When taking in the beauty of our wildflowers, be sure to bring along your camera – and it can’t be said too often – always be certain to bring bottled water, a hat and sunscreen!

You are certain to also enjoy the beautiful, comfortable and affordable home-away-from-home available at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.  Whether you are looking for a week or a month to getaway to Southern Utah, you can register online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.  Register today.  We’ll be waiting for you!

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