In The Desert
Oct. 28th, 29th 2011
Cedar City, Utah
Livestock & Heritage Festival History
Cedar City was settled in 1851 and soon a significant part of their income was from farming and cattle ranching. In 1890 some of the prominent cattlemen purchased a herd of sheep from Colorado. They soon realized that raising sheep worked especially well here in the desert high country and in the mountains. During the summer months they moved the sheep to the mountains and then in the late fall moved them back to the valleys. This festival is a celebration of the Heritage of Livestock industry in Iron County. Take notice of the "Home on the Range trailer" in the photos below -- similar sheep wagons are still used today. Several roads in Cedar City are still "Designated Livestock Trails".
Slide show of the parade.
Don't miss this really neat historic and present day Festival to see more on how farming is a big part of life in the desert southwest.
Link to the Festival Site
Content including photographs are Copyright © 2011 - Presert - Don & Linda Gilmore
Not only is there a parade with the 1,000 sheep, tractors/equipment, and more, but they also have a dutch oven contest, antique tractor pull, draft horse pull and show, cowboy poetry, vintage car display, quilt show and a concert. The parade is on Main St. in town and the other events are at the Cross Hollow Event Center, just 2 miles west of town on Cross Hollows Road.
Chad Reid is the Festival Chairman and is a member of the Utah State University Extension Office in Cedar City. In the video below you'll see the Staheli West Steam Dew System on the back of one of the tractors. This puts moisture into the hay bails and keeps dust at a minimum and also allows the hay to be packed tighter with 25% more volume. We knew you'd ask!
Mouse over a photo in the slide show - at the bottom of the slide show you'll see these controls - enabling you to pause, go forward or backward or play the slide show.