Mapleton 2016 Pioneer Day Celebration

Mapleton Pioneer Day is one of our most-loved community traditions. It starts with the wake-up call and memorial service in the early morning. It continues with the parade and activities in the park. And it ends with entertainment and fireworks at night. No wonder many people with Mapleton ties come back every year to enjoy this hometown celebration.

The theme for the Mapleton Pioneer Day celebration this year was “Rooted in  Our Past, Growing in the Future” – very appropriate, as Mapleton is growing and changing noticeably.

Rooted in the past, the parade featured the traditional standbys: Primary floats, police and emergency responders; Mapleton City officials and ecclesiastical leaders; grand marshalls and businesses; high school clubs and bands and beauty queens.  And growing in the future, this year’s parade featured something new, too: Ecclesiastical leaders from the newly-formed Mapleton West LDS stake, and floats from businesses that are new in town.

After the parade, the crowd walked over to the Mapleton City Park to enjoy food, activities, entertainment, and socializing. There were plenty of delicious treats, childrens’ games, and fun activities for everyone. Neighbors chatted. Parents pushed their babies in strollers, and walked around with their big kids. Extended families sat together in the shade of the park’s big trees. Many enjoyed tours of Mapleton’s Pioneer Museum, along with pioneer games and historic photos.

In a time of widespread unrest, perhaps one of the most noticeable things about the morning’s events might be what wasn’t there: protests, violence, or incivility. Instead, there were simply a lot of good people enjoying a peaceful hometown celebration with neighbors, friends, and families.

Thanks to all those who put in countless hours to provide Mapleton with such a lovely community event.

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