Labor Day in Francis City
September 4, 2015
The final day of activities for Francis City’s Frontier Days celebration is Monday and everyone is invited, especially daredevils and competition enthusiasts.
The three-day event culminates Monday, Sept. 7 with several traditional and non-traditional activities taking place throughout the day, including a 5K run, a Junior Rodeo and "hometown events" like the Ring of Fear and saddle races.
Jeremie Forman, a City Council member and one of the event’s organizers, said the non-traditional activities are the "events that people like to watch."
"It gives it that variety," Forman said. "I just think it’s a good way to get some good, clean entertainment and include a lot of people from the valley. People get to have a good time and can maybe win some prizes.
"We call them hometown events for a reason because it’s mostly hometown people participating," he said.
All of Monday’s events will be held at the Francis City Rodeo Arena. The events are free to attend and open to anyone who wants to participate.
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Monday morning, a 5K "Fun Run" will kick off the day’s events at 7 a.m. at the Francis Church House, 387 W. Last Frontier Lane. Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the race, but they can also sign up the day of between 6:15 and 6:45 a.m.
Following the race and a community breakfast will be the Junior Rodeo at 9:30 a.m. and then a Kids Scramble. Registration for the rodeo is before the event at 9 a.m. and there is no age limit as long as contestants have parental consent. The rodeo will feature mutton busting and steer riding, while the scramble will consist of several relay races for different prizes.
At 2 p.m., the Barebacks, Broncs and Bulls event starts. Contestants can participate in saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Forman described it as "a rodeo with no timed events."
The "hometown events," such as the Ring of Fear and the trailer and saddle cow races will take place sometime in the afternoon.
For the Ring of Fear, contestants stand in the middle of the arena surrounded by floor-marked rings. A fighting bull is released and the last person remaining in their ring wins.
"Whoever is the bravest or whoever gets run over last is the winner," Forman said. "We don’t have a lot sign up prior to it, but we usually have about five or six in it."
The trailer and saddle cow races test the speed and agility of each team to saddle and ride a cow or a horse. Monday’s events are city sponsored and are not sanctioned by the Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo Association which sponsors the Saturday night rodeo.
For all of the events contestants are required to sign waivers and contestants younger than 18 must have parental consent. Contestants wear protective equipment during the Ring of Fear event and helmets are encouraged for the races. Organizers say injuries are few and far between.
In the six years Forman has been involved with Frontier Days and the non-traditional events, he doesn’t recall any accidents resulting in serious injuries.
"People are well aware of the risk that they are taking in participating. The thing is anytime you are dealing with livestock and rodeos and that type of environment there is always an inherent risk," Forman said. "If people are careful and cognizant of what is going, they can minimize those injuries."
The Frontier Days celebration started on Friday. This year it coincides with the city’s sesquicentennial anniversary and organizers anticipate a larger crowd. Several programs are scheduled highlighting the city’s 150-year history. For the full schedule of events for Saturday and Monday, go to http://www.francisutah.org/celebration-schedule.htm.
"Come and visit us. We have a good time, we have good food and good entertainment," Forman said. "We’d like to see as many people come out as we can get."
For more information call Francis City at 435-783-6836 .