Swiss Days 2016

September 22-24th, 2016

Santa Clara’s Annual Swiss Days Celebration is truly a home-town celebration full of history and fun! Santa Clara celebrated its first Swiss Days in 1990 in tribute to the town’s pioneer heritage in which Swiss members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints settled in Santa Clara in 1861.

Swiss Days includes our famous 5k run/walk and pancake breakfast, followed by the always popular Swiss Days Parade heading east on Santa Clara Drive from the Jacob Hamblin home to the Town Hall.  The parade will showcase the Santa Clara Princess Royalty, antique cars, the Grand Marshall, local businesses and schools, live animals, homemade floats, and everything in between!

The three day festival at Town Hall will also include food and merchandise vendors, continuous entertainment including a free Friday night concert, town and family heritage displays, pioneer craft demonstrations (moved to Town Square), children’s activities, and more.  In addition, a Red Rock Car Show will be at Canyon View Park.

Thursday, Sept. 22nd
5 pm Flipper Shoot – Grass Field North of Town Hall
You must be age 30 and up to enter this contest filled with legends and newcomers all competing for trophies and bragging rights. Bring your own HANDCRAFTED flipper or borrow one at the event. Ammunition will be provided. No commercial products allowed. Contest is on the field east of Town Hall. Warm ups allowed at 4:30 pm. 
5-7 pm Community Cowboy Dinner & Dessert Auction as a Fundraiser for Santa Clara Firemen
The annual Swiss Days Community Dinner is a great time to enjoy good food and visiting with friends.  This year City Staff will be serving a cowboy dinner. The Santa Clara City Fire Department will be auctioning desserts as a fundraiser to purchase vital equipment for emergency response in our community. Come enjoy dinner and a concert on Thursday from 5-7 pm. Tickets are $6.00 per plate and are available for advance purchase at the City Office or from local firemen. Don’t wait until Thursday, get your tickets today!
5-7 pm Entertainment – “Most Wanted”
Santa Clara Museum Open
Art and Quilt Show, Western Displays, Historical Society Silent Auction
We have many talented people in our community! Come in the Town Hall banquet room and view quilts and art made my people in our very own area.  Downstairs is the Samuel Knight Museum full of information and relics from our City’s rich history.
6 pm Mayor’s Walk and Commentary (Begins at Town Hall) – Stops at local businesses 
The Mayor’s Walk stops at local businesses such as The Old Bodega, Frei’s Fruit Market, Kaili’s, The Clover Patch, The Granary, and The Garden Sprout.
7 pm 2016 Swiss Days Opening Ceremony 
Presentations: Flag, Music, Princesses, Volunteer-of-the-Year and Grand Marshal
Friday, Sept. 23rd
8 am Santa Clara Kiwanis/Swiss Days Golf Tournament at Sunbrook
All proceeds from this golf tournament go to local charities, so come enjoy a game of golf and help support the needs community at the same time!  You could win a new car at the Hole In One Contest! Prize drawings for wedges, drivers, golf shoes, golf balls, green fees, apparel, and more! Friday, Sept. 23 at 8:00 am at Sunbrook Golf Course. Team fee: $400  Hole Sponsorship: $100. Contact: Blake Frei 435.680.3985 or Josh Hurst 435.668.9293
3-7 pm Santa Clara Museum Open
3-8 pm Art and Quilt Show, Displays, Historical Society Silent Auction (Banquet Room) and Bake Sale
You can find a large variety of delicious baked goods, gifts, and other wants at the Santa Clara Historical Society Bake Sale and Silent Auction. All proceeds will go towards the Samuel Knight Museum. The auction will be ongoing throughout the hours of Swiss Days in the Town Hall banquet room. If you can donate homemade baked goods to be sold, please contact Jan Stucki: 435-673-5272. If you can donate to the goods or services for the silent auction, please contact Jocey Hobson at 435-669-3626.
3-8 pm Continuous Entertainment
3-9 pm Vending for Food, Crafts and Merchandise
Do a little shopping and eat delicious food while strolling through our many craft and food vendors at Swiss Days.  Booths will be located on the east side of Town Hall and in the grass field north of the building. Open on Friday from 3-9 and Saturday from 10:30-5. 
3-5 pm Children’s Hands-On Pioneer Activities (Town Hall)
One of the best parts of Swiss Days is the Children’s Pioneer Activities.  More than 14 different Pioneer crafting and other activities staged at Town Hall (*moved from Heritage Square).   This event is always well attended because the kids have such a great time! Bring your children or grandchildren to enjoy some FREE old-time fun!
7 pm Swiss Miss and Mister Introductions
If you know a little one that loves dressing up, this event is perfect for them! Boys and girls ages 2-10 are invited to dress up in traditional Swiss clothing and are presented on the stage Friday evening at 7 pm.  All participants are introduced on the stage as a few fun facts about them are being read.  On Saturday, the children get to ride on a darling float in the parade.   Click the link above for an application.
8:00 pm Free Concert – Eric Dodge (Visit Website –
Sit and relax under the big tent and enjoy continuous entertainment, highlighted by a FREE concert by Eric Dodge on Friday night.  
Saturday, Sept. 24th
6:30 am 5K Run/Walk Warm-up
7 am  5K Run/Walk (online registration)
This is well known as one of the best 5k races in Southern Utah!  The route runs along shady Santa Clara Drive and past historical sites.  The race starts at 7 am on Sat., Sept. 24.  Register and pay online at
7:30 – 9:30 am Pancake Breakfast, $3.
Pancakes with syrup, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee, and hot chocolate… all for $3.00 per plate!  This breakfast is a good deal and a good time! Saturday, Sept. 24 from 7:30-9:30 am at Town Hall
8 am – 4 pm Red Rocks Car Show
Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles… plan to attend the Red Rocks Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 24 to see who wins Best of Show 2016!  Event is held at the Santa Clara Canyon View Park at 1400 N Canyon View Drive. To request registration forms, please call or email Murray 435.680.8012,
(Canyon View Park 1400 Canyon View Dr.)
9 am – 5 pm Vending & Booths – Open for Food and Crafts
Do a little shopping and eat delicious food while strolling through our many craft and food vendors at Swiss Days.  Booths will be located on the east and north side of Town Hall. Open on Friday from 3-9 and Saturday from 10:30-5 
9:30 am Parade (Santa Clara Drive)
The Swiss Days Parade is always a good time! Sit out under the trees along Santa Clara Drive and enjoy great shade, great entries, and a great fun!  The parade runs from Gates Lane eastward past Town Hall on Sat, Sept. 24 at 9:30 am

Click here to see the Swiss Days Parade starting point and staging area for those participating in the parade.

10:30 am-5 pm Continuous Entertainment
Puppet Show at 11:00 am and 12:15 pm.
Mooing & Yodeling Contest at 10:45 am and 12:00 pm.
11 am – 4 pm Children’s Games Expanded onto Santa Clara Drive
1:30 pm – 3 pm Bingo held in Council Chambers
Cool off in the Town Hall Building from 1:30-3 on Saturday, Sept. 24 while enjoying a game of Bingo.  Free to play and prizes for the winners!  More info to come!
5 pm Close of Swiss Days 2016
Apply Online for a Vendor Booth
Vendor Booth Application

Vendor Application Form

To provide vendors with a more profitable experience, and to give attendees a more varied selection of booths, duplication of “same merchandise” booths will be limited.
ALL food vendors must have Temporary Food Service Permit from the Southwest Utah Public Health Dept.
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Friday Shuttle: 5:00 – 9:30 pm. Look for signs on Santa Clara Drive. Click here for map.

Saturday Shuttle: 6 am – 4:00 pm, full route/multiple stops. Follow the signs to parking lots and catch one of six shuttle buses. Parking lot maps available online and prior to event at City office. Watch for interruption during parade and 5K.

Call 435-673-6712 ext. 201 for more information on parking and shuttle service.

Museum Hours during Swiss Days: Thursday: 5-7 pm; Friday: 2-7 pm; Saturday: 11 am – 4 pm.

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