Friday, July 22, 2011

Carey to celebrate Pioneer Days

Annual event recognizes Mormon history


For the Express

The city of Carey will commemorate the arrival of Brigham Young and his Mormon followers to Salt Lake in 1847 with its annual Pioneer Days festival Saturday, July 23. Some of Young's followers continued on to Oregon through a shortcut known as "Goodale's Cutoff" from Fort Hall in eastern Idaho along today's U.S. Route 20 to Boise and beyond. Some of these pioneers decided that the relatively lush valley where Carey now stands was indeed "The Place."

Carey has held the celebration since 1940 with a parade and a rodeo.

"We always have a good turnout," Mayor Randy Patterson said. "There are several family reunions and also class reunions."

The high school classes reuniting this year include before 1962, 1975-1980 and 2000-2001.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday with a Boy Scouts-sponsored barbecue at noon at the fairgrounds. The rodeo will start at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

This year's grand marshal is John Adamson, who along with his son owns M&J Motors in Carey.

"I think it's quite an honor to be that," Adamson said. "They pick someone from Carey every year but not everyone gets it."

Adamson, whose wife is deceased, has six children—three daughters and three sons.

"They're grown and gone," Adamson said, but added that three still reside in Carey. "One is in Indiana, one in Orem, Utah, and one in Oregon."

Adamson said his ancestors arrived in Carey in the early 1900s.

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