Fiesta Days 2015 John & Lenna Mendenhall Chairmen’s Message
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.spanishfork.org, 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