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August 3, 2022


  • Mona’s Pioneer Day celebration was successful but there is room to improve

By Myrna Trauntvein
TN Correspondent

Amy Stanley, council member over the city’s Pioneer Day Celebration, was praised for her work in bringing about the two-day’s many activities and culminating with the fireworks display on Saturday evening.

“I personally want to thank Amy,” said Randy Christensen, mayor. “She did a tremendous job. I would also like to thank all of the council and the city staff for helping out. You are all awesome.”

Stanley said she would like to make a quick evaluation of the celebration.

“I have made a folder, a celebration Bible, with all the starting points of what needs to be done,” she said.

It included the contacts of people and all dates that certain things should be done by.

She said when she took over the assignment, there was nothing passed on to her. The new event folder would give anyone taking the job over in the future a plan for the celebration and what needed to be done in advance.

“I’m really good at telling people what to do,” she said.

She thanked all the council members for stepping up and filling the responsibilities she had assigned them.

“The spider box was perfect,” she said. “It was an excellent purchase.”

It had handled all of the sound needs and powered the kitchen. A spider box is a portable power distribution box that is designed to be an economical way to distribute electrical power using a 250 VAC, single-phase power source.

In addition, having trash cans at the site had been a good idea and had helped with clean up, she said.

Jay Mecham, council member, owns Country Garbage and said that he should have also put them at the Mona Elementary School to help with the garbage there.

The clean up at that site had taken quite a bit of time. However, said Mecham, he did have a piece of equipment that would suck up garbage.

“It wouldn’t work there,” said Ron Warren, council member. “There are nails.”

R. Christensen said that next year he would like to see all of the council be “dunks” (participants) at the dunk tank. That was a fun event for the crowd.

There were problems with supplying enough food, said Stanley. Only one of the food trucks that had said they would be there actually showed up.

“The city is almost too big for our cooking facilities,” said Stanley.

She said that the lines were long and, therefore, the wait for burgers had been longer than she would have liked.

“We really need to think about replacing the building,” said Mecham. “There is no air conditioner, we are in a tight space and are busy and too warm.”

Stanley agreed that the building was too compact for people to work around each other.

Mecham had been in charge of the annual parade and thought that the length needed to be extended.

“Ours is a very short parade,” he said.

There were getting to be so many people in town that the viewing areas were jam packed, he said. If the parade extended to 200 North then people could sit by the church and it would extend the viewing space.

“We could go from 700 South to 200 North,” said Mecham.

Cemetery Lane (700 South) would be a good place to start because entries could go up the lane and line up. They were attracting a few floats, he said.

“It would allow people to spread out,” said Stanley.

The prize money offered had been an incentive, she said.

She said that first place went to Travis Jones for his entry, second place went to the Stanley Family Polynesian Dancers and third place went to Mona’s Grumpy Old Men (Don Yates and Max Lawrence).

“The celebration was great,” said TJ Pace, council member.