Utah Valley’s Shades of Purple

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Purple Turtle, summer sunsets and fields of lavender

By utahvalley360.com

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All that Jazz

The purple Jazz take on the nation’s best basketball players 40 minutes from Utah County in the Energy Solutions Arena. Ronnie Price, Utah Valley University alum, averaged 8:11 minutes per game in the 2007-2008 season. In his third year of professional basketball, the 25-year-old, 6-foot-2 player aids the Jazz as reserve guard for point guard Deron Williams.

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The purplest landmark

If you ask someone for directions in Pleasant Grove, chances are you’ll hear, “…and then turn at the Purple Turtle.” The historic drive-in has been a county landmark since its opening in 1968 and continues to be a popular hangout spot. The purple-topped restaurant is known for its fish and chips and homemade onion rings, which you can order between 10:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Purple pioneers 

Established in 1908, Lehi High School has no shortage of the imperial shade. With more than 2,100 students for the 2008-2009 school year, this 100-year-old school is known for its growth and for its scholars — the 519 recent graduates were awarded $1.5 million in scholarships.

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Summer Sunsets

Gorgeous colors fill the summer sky as the sun sets around 9 p.m. in Utah County during July and August. Photographer Spencer Hall captures a purple sunset across Utah Lake. (See more of Spencer’s work at spencerhallphotography.com).

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Endless fields and essential oils

Young Living Farms in Mona is the nation’s largest natural herb farm for the production of therapeutic-grade essential oils. The farm hosts events year-round, allowing families to enjoy the sweet aroma of lavender in its 1,400-plus acres of fragrant purple herbs. Young Living Farms has been in operation for 10 years and was developed to produce and distill essential oils for Young Living Essential Oils.

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