Fi­esta Days 2015 John & Lenna Men­den­hall Chair­men’s Mes­sage

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By John & Lenna Men­den­hall

As chair­men of Span­ish Fork Fi­esta Days, we welcome you to our won­der­ful city cel­e­bra­tion, Fi­esta Days 2015, with the theme “Feels Like Home.” As life­long res­i­dents of Span­ish Fork, our fa­vorite time of year is Fi­esta Days. We grew up here, we at­tended school here, worked here, played here and have raised our fam­ily here in Span­ish Fork where we have three of our four chil­dren and their fam­i­lies liv­ing now. We have loved be­ing a part of this cel­e­bra­tion since our child­hood days when we at­tended with our fam­i­lies the rodeo, the pa­rades, the ac­tiv­i­ties on the park, the com­mu­nity play, the car­ni­val and all the events that make this cel­e­bra­tion the very best in the state.

We had the priv­i­lege of grow­ing up in this won­der­ful com­mu­nity, so it has al­ways truly felt like home to us. As our com­mit­tee was mak­ing prepa­ra­tions for Fi­esta Days 2015, we talked to sev­eral peo­ple who were not orig­i­nally from Span­ish Fork that told us that when they moved here, they be­came a part of the com­mu­nity, and now it just “Feels Like Home.” Thus we adopted the theme for 2015: “Feels Like Home.” Although Span­ish Fork con­tin­ues to grow in leaps and bounds, we be­lieve it still main­tains that unique feel­ing of be­ing a close-knit town. Span­ish Fork has al­ways been a great blend of a bustling econ­omy, fan­tas­tic sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, friendly peo­ple and a vi­brant farm­ing com­mu­nity.

The tra­di­tions of the past have laid the ground­work for the spec­tac­u­lar Span­ish Fork City Fi­esta Days cel­e­bra­tion that we now en­joy. From the long-held fa­vorites of the Grand Pa­rade, Chil­dren’s Pa­rade, Car­ni­val, Food Ven­dors at the Park and Rodeo to the now tra­di­tional week-long ac­tiv­i­ties lead­ing up to the 24th of July Fi­esta Days cel­e­bra­tion, we in­vite you to join us with your fam­ily and friends in en­joy­ing this great event.

As our town has grown, so has our cel­e­bra­tion! There is some­thing for ev­ery­one in this year’s Fi­esta Days. The Flag Re­tire­ment Cer­e­mony (one of the largest in the United States) and the 10K Race (which in­cor­po­rates our new River Trail as part of the course) are listed on the Ac­tiv­i­ties Cal­en­dar along with many other events in­clud­ing the Fire­works, the Western Her­itage Pa­rade, the Soap Box Derby Down Cen­ter, the Chil­dren’s Pa­rade and Chil­dren’s Day Ac­tiv­i­ties on the Park (in­clud­ing the ever pop­u­lar Fish Rodeo), the Street Dance, the Baby Con­test, the Span­ish Fork Com­mu­nity Theatre pro­duc­tion of “Tarzan,” nightly Con­certs in the Park in­clud­ing Span­ish Fork’s Got Tal­ent, Craft Show ven­dors, the Car Show, the Rodeo and the Grand Pa­rade.

A new event we have planned this year is a con­cert that will be pre­sented at the Span­ish Fork Rodeo Arena. Fi­esta Days presents the Utah Val­ley Mil­len­nial Choirs and Or­ches­tra. This choir is made up of more than 500 voices and 100 or­ches­tra mem­bers. They have per­formed at Abra­vanel Hall in Salt Lake City many times and are sched­uled to per­form at the Lin­coln Cen­ter in Washington, D.C., in 2016. They are pre­sent­ing an in­spir­ing pa­tri­otic pro­gram ti­tled “To Be Amer­i­can.” Tick­ets are now on sale and you re­ally don’t want to miss it. A com­plete cal­en­dar can be found on Span­ish Fork City’s web­site, www.span­ish­, un­der Ac­tiv­i­ties, Fi­esta Days, Cal­en­dar.

This sum­mer is truly a time to celebrate our coun­try, state and city her­itage. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing you to our Fi­esta Days cel­e­bra­tion and hope that you will agree with us that Span­ish Fork in­deed “Feels Like Home.”

John and Lenna Men­den­hall

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