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Bryce Canyon Winter Festival. This event at the Best Western Ruby's Inn features cross-country ski races, snow-sculpting contests, ski archery, and ice skating. Clinics to hone skills such as snowshoeing and photography also take place. 435/834–5341. rubysinn.com.
Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally. The population of tiny Panguitch triples every year with this annual festival, which includes a morning launch of about 35 hot-air balloons, an evening balloon-glow, bands, food vendors, and a Harley-Davidson parade. 866/590–4134. www.panguitch.org.
Quilt Walk Festival. During the bitter winter of 1864, Panguitch residents set out over the mountains to fetch provisions from the town of Parowan, 40 miles away. Legend says the men, frustrated and ready to turn back, laid a quilt on the snow and knelt to pray. Soon they realized the quilt had kept them from sinking into the snow. Spreading quilts before them as they walked, leapfrog style, the men traveled to Parowan and back. This three-day event in June commemorates the event with quilting classes, a tour of pioneer homes, and a dinner-theater production. 435/676–2651. quiltwalk.org.
Utah Shakespearean Festival. For more than 50 years Cedar City has gone Bard-crazy, staging summer productions of Shakespeare's plays in theaters both indoors and outdoors at Southern Utah University. The Tony award–winning regional theater offers literary seminars, backstage tours, cabarets featuring festival actors, and an outdoor preshow with Elizabethan performers. Modern plays and musicals are also staged, and upcoming construction of a new open-air theater and a season now extending into fall are signs that all the world truly is a stage in little Cedar City. 435/586–7878. www.bard.org.
Panguitch Pioneer Day Celebration. Panguitch celebrates Pioneer Day (officially July 24) with a rodeo, parade, carnival chuck-wagon breakfast, kids' games and barbecue in honor of Brigham Young's arrival in the Salt Lake area. 435/676–1160. panguitch.com.
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