Ask anyone in Box Elder County how summertime’s going, and they’ll likely tell you: just peachy. With the dog days of summer in full swing, there’s no better way to celebrate the season and see it out in style than with events that sound, smell and taste like summer.
The Box Elder County Fair, Golden Spike Rodeo and Brigham City’s famous Peach Days offer Utah and Idaho residents several reasons to flock to the top of the Beehive State.
Box Elder Fair
Funnel cake, anyone?
Nothing says summer like a good, old-fashioned county fair. In Box Elder County, the fair marks one fun-filled summer week that’s not to be missed. From Aug. 17-24, you can enjoy carnival rides, delicious food stands and admire the handiwork and artistry of talented local residents.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a fair without the prize rabbits, chickens and livestock showcased in one of the state’s largest 4H and FFA exhibits.
Kicking off with a concert benefiting the Utah Honor Flight on Saturday, Aug. 17, the Box Elder Fair is the gift that keeps giving — literally. Admission is free, with food, vendor goods and tickets to carnival rides and the nightly rodeo available for purchase. For more information, visit Box Elder County.
Golden Spike Rodeo
Riding a bucking bronco might not be your idea of fun, but spending an evening watching someone else do it probably is. That’s why northern Utah gets so excited when the PRCA Rodeo comes to town. But the fun won’t last long; in fact, you’ve only got four days to enjoy the wild, wild ride of the Golden Spike Rodeo. Mark your calendar for Aug. 21-24 for four nights of country fun.
Starting with The Golden Spike PRCA Bronc Riding Classic on Wednesday, Aug. 21, each evening presents a fun new theme. Come Thursday for “Family Night,” get rosy on Friday’s “Tough Enough to Wear Pink,” and don your stars and stripes for Saturday’s Patriot Night.
All rodeos start at 8 p.m. with the pre-rodeo at 6:45 p.m. Tickets for reserved seating are available online at Golden Spike Rodeo or at the entrance gates each night.
Brigham City’s Peach Days
It’s the kind of event that’s fit for a queen — a peach queen, that is. Each September, Brigham City kicks off the town’s biggest community event of the year. Box Elder County’s sweetest event started in 1904 as a day off from the tireless late-summer harvest. Of course, an abundance of the state’s sweetest fruit is always a reason to celebrate.
While Utah isn’t the country’s largest producer of peaches — far from it, in fact — the locals will tell you you won’t find tastier or fresher fruit than a late-summer Utah peach. According to the Utah Farm Bureau, Utah peaches don’t travel far to market, making them fresher than produce imported from other states and countries.
Those peaches make a great pie, but Brigham City prefers to make a whole weekend out of them. Starting with the Junior Peach Queen Pageant the evening of Sept. 4, Peach Days will be in full bloom Sept. 5-7, with the official Peach Queen crowned Sept. 5.
Don’t miss the spectacular fruit display gracing downtown Brigham City all weekend, along with the many vendors offering local arts and crafts, along with fresh and specialty foods.
Get the full schedule, which is packed with softball tournaments, fun runs and races for all ages, a carnival fit for the entire family, live music and countless contests and performances. Visit Box Elder Chamber of Commerce for more information.
Summer is winding down, but seasonal fun is just beginning in Box Elder County. Be sure you don’t miss the tastiest and most exciting events of the year — all happening in Northern Utah.