Why You Need to Attend the Cedar Livestock and Heritage Festival

The annual Cedar Livestock and Heritage Festival held in Cedar City, UT, is one of the most anticipated events of the year! For four days, locals and visitors flock to the Cross Hollows Event Center for a weekend full of exciting events. Southern Utah, and specifically this area near Cedar Mountain, has been used as farmland since 1847 when Mormon pioneers settled in the region. Now, every year, the city celebrates its lively agricultural history with festivities including a sheep parade, a tractor and draft horse pull, and more!

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What to Expect at the Cedar Livestock and Heritage Festival

Livestock Events

With livestock as one of the festival’s focuses, you can certainly expect a lot of animal-centric events. On Thursday, the weekend kicks off with a stock dog trial. Competitors from several states have entered their farm dogs into the competition to see who can herd sheep most efficiently.

Head to the Cross Hollow Event Center on Friday to meet several of the horses before the Draft Horse Teamster Contest begins. Don’t miss Saturday’s big event—the Sheep Parade! Beginning at 10 a.m., the parade leads more than 1,000 sheep down Main Street along with vintage automobiles, sheep wagons, and antique tractors. Though these are some of the major livestock events, you can catch more shows and demos with dogs, sheep, and horses throughout the weekend.

Demos and Showcases

There are more than just adorable farm animals at this festival. Automobile buffs will love exploring the Vintage Car Display on Saturday and the Antique Tractor and Machinery Show. Kids and adults can learn about basic farming skills like branding, trailer loading, and more during the Dennis Stowell Memorial Ranch Rodeo. Designed just for kids, the Junior Ranch Rodeo allows children to put their farm skills to the test while competing in categories like team roping, goat milking, and branding.

Aside from livestock events and demonstrations of ranch techniques, the Cedar Livestock and Heritage Festival offers a quilt show, poetry and music show, and Dutch Oven cooking contest. View this year’s schedule for a full list of events.

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