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Thursday, August 30, 2012

What To Do This Labor Day Weekend

Utah's parks, campgrounds and recreational areas will be crowded this weekend, with large numbers of people expected to take advantage of the holiday to enjoy the end of summer holiday.

AAA Utah expects more people to travel this year than last. This Salt Lake Tribune article carried the AAA forecast. Here's one quote: “AAA Utah forecasts that 2.4 million people in the (Mountain West) region will travel 50 miles or more from their homes this coming three-day weekend, an increase of 3.2 percent compared with last year.”

Road construction will be minimized to eliminate traffic delays, as much as possible. In general, our major highways are in good condition and no problems are anticipated.

If you do not yet have firm plans, this Deseret News article gives some pretty good ideas on places to visit and things to do. Below are some highlights.

...But four of Utah's 32 state parks have sites remaining for campers: Otter Creek State Park, Sand Hollow State Park, Steinaker State Park and Starvation State Park...

Antelope Island's Stampede Festival offers a collection of family events Friday through Sunday. The stampede kicks off with a hot air balloon launch Friday morning at the Kaysville ponds and more balloons will launch from Antelope Island in the evenings, weather permitting.

The Soldier Hollow Classic sheepdog show features competition, food, demonstrations and music Friday through Monday.

For families looking to get away, the Parade of Lights at Flaming Gorge is a unique Labor Day celebration. Boats decked in colorful lights will bring new meaning to the term "parade floats" as they cruise around State Line Cove for spectators.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City will close several of the 2012 season's shows this weekend, including "Mary Stuart," "Scapin," "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "Titus Andronicus" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Lovers of town fairs can check out Onion Days in Payson, Peach Days in Hurricane or Tomato Days in Hooper.

Read the entire article.

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