BOUNTIFUL, Utah — Organizers of the 56th annual Bountiful Handcart Days have announced a celebration schedule that includes a grand parade, fireworks, popular entertainers, a chuck wagon breakfast, games, food and an arts and crafts exhibit. 

The arts and crafts exhibit at the Bountiful/Davis Art Center (745 S. Main Street) opened June 21, 2006 and will run through July 22, 2006. The exhibit, “Handcarts — A Legacy of 150 Years,” features needlework, quilts, woodwork, china painting, crafts, pottery and photography. Entries will be judged in four divisions:  professional, amateur, youth and invitational. Everyone’s invited and admission is free.

Festivities kick into high gear on Friday, July 21, 2006 from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. in the Bountiful City Park (400 North between 100 and 200 West) with popular entertainers, pioneer games and food.

The Handcart Days Grand Parade will be held on the evening of July 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The parade, which attracts 60,000 people each year, starts at 1500 South Main Street and proceeds north on Main Street to 400 North. More than 100 entries sponsored by churches, civic groups, and businesses will include floats, marching bands, horses, clowns, local celebrities, antique cars and military vehicles.

A huge fireworks display starts at 9:45 p.m. Friday night at Mueller Park Jr. High School (955 E. 1800 South). 

Saturday, July 22, begins with a chuck wagon breakfast at Bountiful Jr. High School (30 W. 400 North) from 7:00-10:00 a.m., followed by entertainment, games and food at Bountiful City Park.  Free historic tours of Bountiful City will be offered throughout the day on Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Tour buses leave each hour from the Bountiful Museum at 845 S. Main Street.

This year’s events celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Mormon handcart companies and the 2,962 men, women and children who walked across the Great Plains and over the Rocky Mountains to the Salt Lake Valley pulling and pushing small handcarts. From 1856 to 1860, ten handcart companies made the trek to Utah from Iowa City, Iowa, and Florence, Nebraska.