Fun and games at Health Days 2011


After a morning spent in the sun watching the parade trickle past, Smithfield City celebrated Health Days on the Forrester Acre Sports Complex Saturday with inflatable games, rock walls, booths, food and singing. Booths and games were up from 11:00 to 4:00 Saturday, in which time residents valley-wide gathered to celebrate health and wellness.

Mutton busting and more at Health Days rodeo

Image: Mutton busting at 2011 Health Days Rodeo

The boy clutched his father’s hand and eyed the gate wearily. Bangs and rattles echoed from the metal as the dirty, matted animal inside tried forcing the fence down. The child was getting nervous, sweat pouring from his head. As he was lead inside and placed carefully on top of the sheep, his hands gripped the wool on its chest tightly and he took a deep breath. Then the gate fell, the sheep bolted, and the boy squealed happily as the animal shot across the arena. He was now a mutton buster.

The Arabian desert in Smithfield


Jordan Larsen was dressed in rags, stumbling through the dunes of an Arabian desert to find clay to sell at the market. Suddenly he heard the sound of dozens of horses and leapt behind a small rock to hide. To his amazement, forty thieves dressed in black stopped before a large boulder nearby, and with the magic words “Open sesame!” the story of Ali Baba, presented by the Smithfield Youth Theater, unfolded on Sky View’s stage for all to see.

2011 Health Days underway

Image: 2011 Health Days Royalty — Kirsten Nelson, Makell Moore, Nanette Hunsaker, Tessa Herrman, Morgan Taylor.

In spite of the rain, Smithfield Health Days 2011 are underway. The forecast for the big events this weekend is warm and sunny. It looks like it will be a fantastic day of fun if the creek, literally, doesn’t rise. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

More from Health Days 2010

Image: Goose Girl

Health Days 2010 was a huge success. The Health Days Fun Run, for example, had 672 runners this year. That’s up from 504 last year. A far cry from the 34 that signed up the first year in 1997. The golf tournament raised over $4000 for Sunrise Elementary and over $1000 for the Library. Brooke Snow and her students took hundreds, even thousands of photographs and posted them online. The results of the Fun Run are also online. We’ve posted links to these websites. If you have other links, photos or other information you’d like to add, please submit them to

Blue Sox double header at Health Days

Image: Opening night

The Blue Sox opened their season at Health Days with a double-header against the Ogden Cyclones beating them 6-5 and 13-2. It was the end of the fabulous Health Days activities at Forrester Acres. The Lions Club members served Lion Pups as fast as they could make them, children were playing catch behind the stands, and everyone enjoyed the sunny evening.

Horse show and rodeo

Image: Mutton Bustin’

Health Days continues with the horse show and children’s rodeo. As the day wears on and the activities wind down, many people migrated to the horse arena. A horse show complete with barrel racing and pole racing was followed by a children’s rodeo with mutton bustin’, stick horse racing and more.

Booths, slides, food, and more

Image: Barrel train

Health Days is in full swing at Forrester Acres. The weather threatened rain, but the sun broke through and everyone is having a good time. Booths, food, bounce houses, climbing wall, Navajo tacos. Everyone is having a great time.

The big parade

Image: Chad Downs

Hundreds of parade participants and thousands of spectators turned out for the Health Days parade in Smithfield. Royalty, Sky View band, antique cars, remote controlled airplane, floats and more candy than you can throw. The Smithfield Citizen of the Year, Chad Downs, was the Grand Marshall.

Hundreds flock to Health Days opening breakfast

Image: Salute

Over 450 people came to eat breakfast at the fire station Saturday morning. “That’s a hundred more than last year,” said Fire Chief Jay Dee Downs. The the line stretched from the serving table to the door as people waited for homemade pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns, ham and milk.

Health Days schedule of events

Image: Health Days in Smithfield, Utah

Get ready for the party of the year — Health Days! Saturday is the big day with events starting early in the morning with the fire department’s pancake breakfast and ending late in the evening with a fireworks show! The day is packed with activities of every kind. Use the schedule below to make your final preparations for tomorrow then come and have fun!

Nice weather, friends & family kick off Health Days Family Bike Ride

Image: Tour de Smithfield

The Family Bike Ride kicked off Health Days week. The weather was perfect at Mack Park — sunny and cool. Over a hundred riders as young as three (usually in trailers) to, well, much older came to enjoy the evening air and have fun with their family and friends. “It’s just to have a good time,” said event organizer Leslie Clegg. The cyclists ride up the canyon on the paved road to the campground and come back. “It’s not a race,” added Clegg. “They come back and they have a drawing on gifts. There’s apples and bananas and all kinds of fun gifts for just coming and having fun.”

Tickets still available for American Festival Chorus concert

Image: American Festival Chorus

Tickets still available for Thursday’s concert. The Smithfield Health Days Committee presents Craig Jessop and the American Festival Chorus for an inspiring evening of music Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in the Sky View High School Auditorium. This highlight of the Health Days celebration is a special fundraising event to raise scholarship money for winners of the annual Health Days Scholarship Program. Tickets are available in advance at Lee’s Marketplace in Smithfield and Logan for $10 per person and at the door the night of the concert for $15 per person. American Festival Chorus, with Director, Dr. Craig Jessop

New Health Days Royalty for 2010

Image: Royalty 2010 — Health Days Royalty for 2010 — Jordan Rock, Mallory Sorensen, Elizabeth Wilkey, Stephanie Bland, and Melanie Buchanan.

Five new girls wear the tiara for the Health Days Royalty of 2010. Jordan Rock, Mallory Sorensen, Elizabeth Wilkey, Stephanie Bland, and Melanie Buchanan were selected from 13 contestants Saturday night. The evening began with an excellent introduction by an A Capella group with no name.