St. David Pioneer Days

July 19 – 20 History – Parade – Games – BBQ
Vendors – Music – Fireworks

Nearly every summer since St. David was settled in 1877, our community has celebrated “Pioneer Day” on the Saturday closest to July 24, a date of significance to those early settlers because of their connection to Mormon pioneers who had first arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.

Pioneer Day in St. David, originally organized by local units of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, has become a community affair, celebrating our local history and culture.

The St. David Heritage Society is coordinating the events, with volunteers from local churches, the PTO, and school groups, in the hope that we can sustain meaningful traditions in a way that strengthens our community and its families.

Who doesn’t love parades, frog races, watermelon contests, barbecues, foot rodeos, dancing under the stars and fireworks?

Information is also posted on our website and Facebook page as well. Please share dates and information with all those who have been a part of the St. David community or who love this area.

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 19

7:00 PM St. David History Demonstration: “Plowing with Horses & Oxen — How St. David’s Settlers Did It” by Dr. Andy Mayberry at the St. David School Parking Lot. Watch, learn, and even try your hand at this pioneer skill!

Come a little early or stay a little late, and visit the beginnings of the new Heritage Museum Room in the 1938 Elementary Building (main entrance near the flagpole).

Saturday, July 20

9:00 AM Traditional Pioneer Day Parade, N. Miller Lane

10:00 AM-Noon Old-fashioned Games on school grounds
(Crawford Field). Bring a frog if you want!

10:00 AM-1:00 PM The Heritage Museum Room will be open during the Games and BBQ time – just inside the main entrance to the 1938 Elementary Building.

11:00-1:00 PM Traditional BBQ (BBQ Beef, Beans, Cole Slaw, Tortilla, Chips & Salsa, Drinks, Dessert). (K-Hall) $6/$5 under 12; $1 discount per plate with Heritage Society membership (available at the door).

2:30-5:30 PM Old Fashioned Family Foot Rodeo (Post Arena, off Hwy 80 north of Milepost 296) Try your hand at ribbon roping or calf dressing, or get a good laugh watching!

6:00-9:00 PM EVENING EVENTS (Apache Nitrogen Stadium – St. David High School football field). Fireworks Donations will be Greatly Appreciated & Qualify for Drawing Prizes.

  • Food and Craft Vendors. Support school groups, your neighbors, and have a great time.
  • Visit and Picnic on high school football field; bring your blankets and chairs.
  • Music and Dancing under the stars.
  • Fireworks Donation Drawing Prizes
  • Heritage Quilt Drawing (Value $1,000)