Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events

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“The Wizard of Oz” is at the SCERA through Oct. 6. (Photo by Rachael Gibson)

Blink your eyes and somehow we are closing out September 2018, but there is no point in living in the past when the future holds so much fun. Scroll through these five local events and make plans for a weekend to remember.

Fall Festival and Draft Horse Show

Whoa! Hold your horses. This weekend get hitched to the fourth annual Young Living Draft Horse Show. See four draft horse breeds — Belgians, Shires, Clydesdales and Percherons — in a horse show competing for $120,000 in prize money. If a draft show isn’t your choice of horse performance, then try the PRCA Last Chance Rodeo. Besides the shows, there will be local entertainment, a petting zoo, wagon rides, live jousting, a Western shootout and more.

When: Sept. 28–30
Where: Young Living Lavender Farm
Cost: Varies (See here)
Site: youngliving.com

“The Wizard of Oz”

“Because, because, because, because, because” it is a classic tale with memorable lines, “The Wizard of Oz” will verify that you “aren’t in Kansas anymore.” Follow Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion down the yellow brick road in the SCERA’s production.

When: Sept. 14 – Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: SCERA
Cost: $12–$14
Site: scera.org

Harvest Festival

You’ll be seeing orange this weekend at the 14th annual giant pumpkin weigh-off by the Utah’s Giant Pumpkin Growers. Besides the popular giant pumpkin contest, there will also be judging for gourds and weigh-offs for giant tomatoes and watermelons. Plus, there will be artisan and produce vendors, kids crafts and music.

When: Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Water Tower Plaza at Thanksgiving Point
Cost: FREE
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

Dog Days in the Garden

Who let the dogs out? We’re looking at you Thanksgiving Point. During National Dog Week, Thanksgiving Point will unleash Ashton Gardens to man’s best friend. Pups of all shapes and sizes are welcome to join their owners strolling (and sniffing) through fall colors and flowery fields. This once-a-year opportunity provides an off-leash area to give furry friends a chance to run free.

When: Sept. 24–29 from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point
Cost: $15–$20
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

Glue Fest

Glue Fest is a music festival with a cause. Hosted by GLUE MVMT LLC, Glue stands for “grow, love and unity everywhere.” Local musicians — including James the Mormon, Noble Bodies, Harbor Patrol and more — will perform along with skate competitions, food trucks, displays and more.

When: Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point
Cost: $11–$29
Site: gluemovement.com

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