Pioneer Day Celebration 2016

Over 300 people attended the Pioneer Day celebration in Torrey July 22-23. From quilts and sheep wagons to picnics and music, the event celebrated the traditional cultural heritage of Utah. It was also an opportunity to bring together a broad cross-section of the community for a positive, uplifting experience.

The weekend kicked off Friday evening with a presentation by local historian Steve Taylor on the history of Fishlake. Saturday afternoon featured a sheep wagon showcase and quilt display. Visitors were able to explore a wide range of sheep camps and talk to their owners. The antique quilt display coordinated by Charlotte Williams included century old heirloom quilts along with more recent entries submitted by High Country Quilters.

As festival goers arrived for the potluck picnic, the local group Rough Around the Edges provided musical entertainment. Area churches provided sloppy joes, while picnickers brought side dishes to share.

The event culminated in a pioneer program coordinated by Allan and Sandy Dietlein featuring skits, readings, stories, and music.

Thanks to everyone who made this event possible from both the Wayne County Interfaith Council and the Entrada Institute. Also, thanks to all the volunteers and church representatives. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when everyone comes together.

To view an overview of photos from 2016, go to 

For more photos, go to the Entrada Institute page at 

Here are the detailed photo albums: