With Pioneer Day just around the corner, Utah County residents will have a new place and a new event to celebrate it with.
“Pioneer day is a very big day for Utah and we are excited to celebrate it,” University Place Event Coordinator Nichelle Jensen said.
In celebration, University Place is hosting a pyromusical, which will feature fireworks choreographed to music; a performance from the band Willingly and a pie eating contest.
This is the first year University Place will be holding an event like this or having a fireworks display. Jensen said that’s partially because The Orchard, which is a large park space that’s part of the mall, just opened in October.
“Now that we have the outdoor space and we have a team who was brought on to plan events for it and to activate it we want to see it be a lively place for residents,” she said.
As other aspects of the mall’s expansion and development take shape, Jensen said she see potential for the Pioneer Day event to grow along with University Place and include more people.
Monday’s event will begin at 7 p.m., but the fireworks won’t start until 9:15 p.m. However, there will be music from the pioneer band Willingly and a pie eating contest.
While this is the first year University Place has held an event like this, Jensen said they are excited to see it come together and have worked to incorporate many different aspects.
“Its super exciting,” Jensen said. “That’s my role here and we are trying to do as much as we can and this first year everything is new and we are trying a little bit of everything.”
Shelby Slade covers community events, issues and stories for the Daily Herald.