If you open the phone book in Sanpete you will find a lot of people with the same last name. For a small community this is significant. Your first reaction may be that “we are all related”, but this isn’t necessarily the case.The first pioneer settlement in Sanpete was the town of Manti in 1849. Over the next several decades thousands of Scandinavian immigrants came to the Sanpete Valley as converts to the LDS Church. Ephraim and Spring City have both been called “Little Denmark”. Thus, today the phone book is filled with the names of Anderson, Christensen, Peterson, Nielson, Johansen,….ETC… on and on, and with their variations in spelling. I looked in the phone book today and counted over 130 listings of families and businesses with the same last name as mine, and this did not include those with an alternate spelling. Aside from my parents and two uncles, none of us are related.
Nicknames have been very common in Sanpete just to distinguish families with the same last and sometimes even the same first name. Occasionally nicknames have been use so widespread that many people won’t know who you are talking about if you refer to a person by their ‘real’ name.
Because of the prominent Scandinavian heritage in Sanpete, every Memorial Day weekend Ephraim City has a Scandinavian Festival. The festival includes a:
- Scandinavian Heritage Conference
- Folk Dancers
- Quilt Show
- Ceramic Workshops
- Craft/ Food Booths
- Scandinavian Dinner
- Historical Tour of Ephraim
- 5 & 10K Fun Run
So if you have ancestry from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, or Iceland, you may want to check out the festival.
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My family and I participated in a triathlon this past weekend in Ephraim. It started next to the Snow College Activity Center with a 5K run, followed by a 20K bike ride, and finally a half mile swim at the AC swimming pool. My wife is a great athlete and she did all three legs of the triathlon. She has run many races but this was her first triathlon. There is no way I could have done the whole race myself so I was on a 3 person team.
I did the bike portion of the race, our daughter did the swim, and a stranger volunteered to be our runner. The 5k run was around town in Ephraim, the bike ride was in town as well as on dirt roads outside of town. The bike course wasn’t the best location due to the rough dirt roads. I was a little worried about hitting a large bump and crashing. Fortunately all went well and we all completed the race with out a scratch.
If you missed the Ephraim Triathlon there is one at Yuba State Park called Camp Yuba Triathlon
I saw a copy of a Sanpete County book in a Salt Lake library. The title was “Getting Together with Yesterday”. It features drawings of historic homes and buildings. I have roots in Sanpete and would like to take a tour of these buildings. As a senior citizen, I would prefer coming with a tour group. Are there any tour buses in the Salt Lake area who work with senior citizen centers in organizing tours to visit Sanpete? If so, please post on this site for my information. Thanks.
Spring is here and the Drive-In is open. I am sure most kids these days don’t even know what a drive-in movie theater is. I don’t suppose there are many of them left in the United States. My wife and I went to a chick flick at the Basin Drive-In in Mt. Pleasant. I admit that a guy film with lots of action would have been more entertaining, but the trip was fun anyways. Our evening began at Cavalier Pizza in Mt. Pleasant with an all you can eat soup and salad. We got the pizza to go and took it with us to the drive-in.
The best way to watch a movie at the drive-in is in the back of your pickup truck with either a sofa or a mattress. I recommend a sofa for teens! It gets a little chilly so remember to take blankets to snuggle under. To hear the movie all you do is tune your car stereo to 102.5FM. Unless you have a great stereo system in your vehicle, the sound isn’t as good as a regular cinema, but it is still fun. It’s a great activity for date night!
If you have never been to a drive-in, be sure to take your family at least once this Summer.
A friend and I went for a final cross country skiing trip of the season up Fairview Canyon last weekend. After an enjoyable afternoon skiing in the beautiful surroundings of Fairview Canyon, we decided to try out our favorite local restaurant, Country Garden’s Restaurant, located in downtown Fairview. The food and live entertainment were the perfect ending to a wonder weekend trip to Fairview. Below are a couple pictures from our trip: