This weekend my hometown of Midway held “Swiss Days“. Swiss Days celebrates Swiss pioneers who settled this rural area of Utah. The celebration has become one of Utahs largest festivals and attracts over 100,000 visitors. (I think it is crazy seeing all of these people cram into such a small community… Here is a better description of the festival) This small town basically has to shut down… including all traffic because it is not big enough to handle this many people and cars… Farmers open up their fields on the outside of town and cars are parked in the fields while all of the visitor are bussed in. All of the locals will volunteer in shifts to support this festival (Isabelle worked in the pie and icecream both and Gwen was on garbage duty.)
If you click on just one link from my post this is the one… Ben Dancing – Swiss Days Parade
As a child, Swiss Days was small town celebration including, parade, music, pie eating contests, homemade sauerkraut and bratwurst, town barbecue, greased pole, and even a greased pig (I was never lucky enough to catch the pig… ). I really loved this two day town party. Now it is very different and includes over 200 booths of crafts, arts, and food. Fortunately the celebration still retains some of its small town charm including the parade, performances, and there is still sauerkraut and bratwurst (no longer homemade)… Here are some pictures:
If you are ever in Utah during labor day weekend… this would be a great visit.