By Erica Palmer
Utah Valley Magazine highlights a few of Utah County’s must-see events. Here are seven events during May and June that you would be wise to attend.
Hope of America
Over 7,500 5th grade students from 89 Utah schools gather in BYU’s Marriott Center every year to sing their knowledge of American history and let their Utah and American pride shine. This Freedom Festival activity celebrates its 20-year anniversary this year, and all are invited to watch the hope of America’s future form a giant flag and tell everyone through singing, movement and sign language why “America Rocks.”
May 5-7, 12-14
The handiwork of over a hundred of Utah’s busy bees is displayed over two weekends in this farmer’s market on steroids. Featured products are all handmade, unique and high quality, and this year’s crop includes jewelry, art, paper goods, clothing, décor, edibles, soaps and fragrances. The buzz takes place at the Startup Building in downtown Provo. Entrance is free.
‘The Little Mermaid’
A hot crustacean band of Disney’s favorite under-the-sea characters hits the Shell to open up the SCERA’s 2016 summer season. Patrons can grab their blankets and lawn chairs and scuttle on over to the grassy slope in front of the Shell Outdoor Theatre for a sea-lightful performance of this classic fishy fable. Tickets range from $10-$16.
Utah Valley Marathon
One of four required races to complete the Utah Grand Slam, the Utah Valley Marathon takes runners through iconic Utah Valley scenery. Beginning at the southeast foot of Deer Creek, the course follows Provo River past Bridal Veil Falls and finishes up in historic downtown Provo. Registration ranges from $105-$125 and all proceeds go to various local charities. Runners join at the finish line with the marathon, half marathon, 10K or kids 1K, and even man’s best friend can put his paws to the pavement during the 5K K9 Dash the night before.
Lehi Round-Up Rodeo
Lehi invites all to “Join the Tradition” with one of the state’s most iconic rodeos galloping through its 78th year. Held along a backdrop of Mount Timpanogos to the east and the setting sun in the west, the rodeo is a major stop for professional cowboys ‘n gals on the Wilderness Circuit. This year’s lineup includes bareback riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing, bull riding, the ‘Flyin’ Cowboyz’ motorcycle act and more. Tickets are $12-$13, and children get in for $5 on Thursday.
Utah Symphony Patriotic Celebration
Rain or shine, the Utah Symphony will have Sundance’s Eccles Outdoor Stage humming as they ring out America’s favorite red, white and blue tunes over the purple mountains majesty. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth. For an extra $16, participants can enjoy an evening BBQ before the show in the cool mountain air.
AF Canyon Run Against Cancer
In its sixth year running, Utah County runners turn miles into donations with a jog down beautiful American Fork Canyon. Although the half marathon is already sold out, participants can still sign up for the 10K or 5K and help do a number on cancer. Registration for the race, which is hosted by Intermountain Healthcare’s Cancer Centers, ranges from $20-$50 and 100 percent of the race fees go to help cancer patients in Utah Valley afford treatment.