By Julie Johansen
Castle Dale City Days started with kid’s games at the arena park at 3 p.m. on Friday. The youth of the city were treated to cake walks, a fish pond, duck pond, sand safari and cornhole games. Following the games at the park, the annual barbecue at the pavilion fed residents not only from the city but from all areas of the county.
Arguably the favorite event of the celebration, the kids’ rodeo, gave all ages a chance to compete for prizes. The younger crowd ran stick horse races for cash prizes. Chicken chases gave several youth a chicken to take home or maybe even a guinea hen.
Teens 14 to 16 chased a cash cow and the winner grabbed a voucher from the cow’s tail for $50. Greased pigs were chased, tackled and then owned by many. All of the audience was invited to compete in a dance contest. During the rodeo, free popcorn and slushies were available for everyone. At 8 p.m., a free concert featured Johnny V and Trouble Train. Participants could dance or just listen to an evening of good music.
On Saturday, he Mounted Thunder Cowboy Shooting Club competed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Blue Sage Arena. This was one of their qualifying shoots. The riders are timed as the complete their pattern using various firearms to pop balloons. A Special Needs Hawaiian Luau at the Aquatic Center and free swimming concluded the events for the celebration.