The history of Utah’s Dixie officially began in 1857 when “Saints” (also known as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) – were sent, as part of President Brigham Young’s grand plan for the vast settlement of the west – to develop communities in southern Utah. Brother Brigham’s thoughts on the matter focused first on the creation of a regional capital. His second reason for sending Church members to our pre-air conditioned, then insufferably hot and bug-infested desert community was to establish a southern hub in the Utah Territory for wagon trains; and, finally “the Lion of the Lord” was convinced it would be a perfect place to grow cotton, which coincided with the outbreak of the Civil War. Cotton farming soon became successful as the “Saints” beginning in Washington City grew crops, wove fabric for clothing and display in a local fair; and, sent samples to Church leaders in Salt Lake City.
So it is no wonder Washington City – established in 1857 as the first of southern Utah’s communities – celebrates Cotton Days. During the week of April 25 – May 7, this year’s Cotton Days will include an Historical Society Ice Cream Social and program; a junior rodeo, a balloon rally and 5K fun run, parade, car show, tractor pull, a family softball game; vendors, food booths and a movie in the park; and a noisy, fun Family Swim Party. The Cotton Fest, held on Saturday, April 30 will include festival vendors, games and food, entertainment, foam slip-and-slide for the kids; and carnival rides. For more information, call 435-656-6360.
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