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Have a pig, or seven, at the Coalville Heritage Festival

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

If you’re among those who rarely venture to the East Side of Summit County, this weekend might be the perfect time to change your tune. The city of Coalville is serving up an irresistible combination: a roast, toast and rodeo.

On Saturday, June 19, Coalville will celebrate its history at the second annual Heritage Festival & Pig Roast. The public is invited to enjoy free food, live music and plenty of pioneer-inspired activities.

According to Coalville city councilperson Andrea Hewson, the unofficial event coordinator, the Pig Roast started with the 100-year celebration of the Summit Furniture and Mercantile in 2008. Last year it was combined with Mountain Spirit Heritage Festival and was celebrated over the course of two days.

This year it has been consolidated into one afternoon of festivities on the city’s main drag. The event is free and open to the public.

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting to recognize the recent Main Street renovation project will take place at 3 p.m. with the Coalville City Council and Mayor Duane Schmidt. Shortly afterward, the Mountain Spirit Heritage Festival Wagon Train will arrive, culminating its three-day, 30-mile journey from Castle Rock in southern Utah.

Tom Chappell, a volunteer organizer for the ride, expects about 15 horse-drawn wagons and at least 50 people to participate. The caravan will consist of mule teams, draft teams and light saddle-horse teams pulling everything from modern-day carriages to covered wagons like those used by pioneers.

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The throwback to pioneer traditions fits perfectly with the overall theme of the festival, Hewson says. "Everything will be tilted to old times."

Activities on Main Street will include kids’ games such as bobbing for apples and roping contests, old-fashioned photographs, live music by local bands starting at 4 p.m., and a pioneer-style pig roast with seven swine plus baked beans, corn on the cob and hot dogs for kids. In addition, the Daughters of Utah Pioneers historical building will be open for tours throughout the day.

Anyone who would like to enter a Dutch oven dessert cook-off is invited to bring their skills and ovens, utensils and ingredients to the table at 4 p.m. Desserts will be ready for taste tests by 6 p.m. and a panel of judges will vote on which baker should take the cake, in the form of cash and cooking equipment. Prospective contestants should contact Dennis Gunn (435) 901-2257 or Marla Price at (435) 647-6535.

At 7 p.m., Mountain Spirit will offer free wagon rides to the Summit County Fairgrounds for 45-minute ranch rodeo. The music and reveling will continue on Main Street for those who prefer to stay in one spot.

For more information about the Heritage Festival & Pig Roast, visit http://www.coalville.utah.gov/pigroast.html .

Schedule of events:

3 p.m.

Main Street ribbon-cutting Mountain Spirit Heritage Festival Wagon Train parade

4 p.m.

Dutch oven cook-off begins

Live music starts (featuring Dick Stoner, Rick L., The Gene Pool, Barbwire & Lace, and Old Like Dirt)

5 p.m.

Pig roast dinner served

5:30 p.m.

Dessert tasting and judging

7 p.m.

Ranch rodeo at Summit County Fairgrounds

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