St. George, UT — Merrill Osmond is excited to bring back The Pioneer Legacy & Firework Celebration to southern Utah on Tuesday, July 24. In partnership with Dixie State University, this year’s celebration will be held at their beautiful, new Trailblazer Stadium. Working with some of our wonderful title sponsors, Canyon Media, SkyWest Airlines, Tuacahn, Larry H. Miller Foundation, Camping World, Sound of Life Foundation & Washington County Tourism, we are proud to honor the legacy and heritage of our beloved Dixie pioneers.
Before the youth musical production begins, there will be a pre-show of great entertainment, skydivers, a tribute to our military armed forces & many more fun surprises. There will also be a special presentation in providing two local deaf individuals with the gift of hearing. Come and enjoy good, clean, fun entertainment for the whole family!
The Pioneer Legacy & Firework Celebration is based on Merrill’s strong belief that today’s youth are the hope and future of tomorrow. Wagons, handcarts, tepees, local entertainment, special guests, and one of the LARGEST firework displays in the valley will delight all in attendance.
Through song and dance, this year’s production features more than 100 youth and celebrates the journey and sacrifice of the Dixie trailblazers and their attempt to settle the untamed expanse of southern Utah. Reenactments of Catholic missionary colonizers, Greek and Italian pioneers, Chinese, Jewish, and Mormon settlers, as well as Native Americans will showcase Utah’s history.
SAVE the DATE and plan now to enjoy a musical celebration of Utah’s rich cultural heritage with your family and friends. This Youth Pioneer Productionfeatures original music written by Merrill Osmond, Sam Cardon, Cliff Maag, and Sam Payne. The Pioneer Legacy & Firework Celebration is FREE to the public, so come early to get the best seats.
“Come and join us as we celebrate the trailblazers of Dixie,” said Merrill Osmond. “While the Mormon pioneers are a huge part of Utah’s history, this production is non-denominational and celebrates all pioneers who made the trek to southern Utah and sacrificed so much for what we enjoy today.”
Proceeds from this charity-based event will go to the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund and the Osmond Center for Arts & Production, which is under the DSU College of the Arts. This year we will provide two local deaf individuals from Washington County with the gift of hearing. Thanks to Sound of Life Foundation, one of our wonderful sponsors, for helping to make this possible. Over the years, the Youth Pioneer Production has raised more than $110,000 to help local children hear life’s precious sounds. The Olive Osmond Hearing Fund was established in 2010 by Merrill’s son, Justin. Since its inception, the Foundation has helped more than 3,000 children with hearing loss. www.hearingfund.org
Fact Sheet and Schedule of Events
Background: The Pioneer Legacy & Firework Celebration includes a firework spectacular and a theatrical representation of the joys and tribulations experienced by the Dixie pioneers on their trek west.
The Pioneer Legacy & Firework Celebration is produced by Merrill Osmond, world-renowned entertainer, songwriter, lead singer of the Osmonds, and executive producer for both Stadium of Fire and The Donny & Marie Show. He began composing, directing, and producing The Pioneer Legacy during the 1980s, and it has been performed for thousands of attendees throughout the country. Every line and song in this production was written by Merrill, along with the talents of Sam Cardon, Cliff Maag, and Sam Payne. Dixie State University’s Trailblazer Stadium is the new home of this musical spectacular.
The primary purpose for this musical celebration is to bring the community together with the support of local youth to celebrate the life and struggles of every pioneer that helped settle southern Utah. This musical celebration also helps raise hearing-health awareness and benefits local deaf children with the gift of better hearing. This annual event provides good, clean family entertainment that celebrates our Utah Dixie pioneers and the legacy they left behind.
WHAT: The Pioneer Legacy & Firework Celebration **FREE Admission**
WHO: More than 100 talented youth dressed up in raccoon hats & bonnets as well as the Native Americans… bring Merrill Osmond’s Youth Pioneer Production to life. Nathan Osmond & Sam Payne will emcee, as well as provide pre-show entertainment, along with other surprises & fun entertainment. The gift of hearing will be provided to two local deaf individuals. Come and enjoy good, clean, fun entertainment for the whole family!
WHEN: Tuesday July 24, 2018
Gates open: 6:30 p.m.
Pre-Show: 8:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Merrill Osmond’s Pioneer Legacy & Firework Celebration 9:20 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.
Firework Spectacular: 10:15 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dixie State University’s Trailblazer Stadium
501-551 South 700 East, St. George, UT 84770
**For more information, contact Justin Osmond at 801-718-8437 or visit ThePioneerLegacy.com**