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First Encampment Celebration/Festival – 2017

22-July-2017 @ 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

$1.00 - $3.00

20th Annual First Encampment Celebration and Festival

Come have breakfast and meet your neighbors!

On the afternoon of July 22, 1847, the main body of the first party of Mormon Pioneers, who were the settlers of the Salt Lake Valley, came through Emigration canyon and spent the night in the area of the First Encampment Park. The remainder of the group entered the valley on July 24th. Thus later celebrated as “Pioneer Day.” In 1997, 150 years later, community volunteers built First Encampment Park to honor those who first camped here. If you look around the park you will see those pioneer names engraved on the stones.
For ADA accommodations contact Valerie Vaughn at 801.891.6694, a passenger loading zone is available at the corner of Blaine Ave and 500 East.

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7:00 AM – Commemorative Hike
Meet at Donner Park above Hogle Zoo {corner of Crestview (2710 E) and Wasatch Dr. (940 S)}. Hike route retraces the original path of the first settlers into the valley. It is 5 miles downhill. Ends at the First Encampment Park.
No transportation provided back to cars parked at Donner Park.

8:00 – 10:30 AM – Breakfast and Family Activities in the Park
Authentic Pioneer Food: Adults $3 – Children $1 – 12 and under, free
Pioneer Craft Demonstrations, Music, Games, and Booths.
Meet your city and community representatives, get information on local issues and events.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Tour of Pioneer Homes in the Neighborhood
Wilford Woodruff Farmhouse, 1604 South 500 East
Woodruff Villa pioneer garden demonstration, 1620 South 500 East.
A self-guided sidewalk tour of other historic homes and churches is provided throughout the day.


8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$1.00 - $3.00


Liberty Wells Community Council


First Encampment Park
1704 500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84115 United States
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