|Hurricane, Utah Festivals & Events
The Purgatory Cup Race - Click Here
The Purgatory Cup got its start in the fall of 2000. It was felt that a fall horse race would be an excellent addition to the season, which usually has a break in August and September. That first year the race attracted only 50 horses that ran for purses of $1,000.00. It has since grown to include hundreds of horses, racing in events for Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas and more. Purses now range from as little as $2,000.00 up to more than $13,000.00.
The Purgatory Cup is scheduled each year between mid-August and mid-September. There is also a Golf Tournament associated with the races and usually coincides with the local county fair. For more information regarding the Purgatory Cup please click here.
The Washington County Fair - Click Here
The Washington County Fair is held at the end of August each year. The fairgrounds are located just outside of the Hurricane, Utah. The fair has a long history starting in 1909 as a fruit festival for the people in the Hurricane City area. It then became a peach festival before becoming the county fair. Over the long history of the Washington County Fair, it has become an event to attend, for locals and visitors alike.
There is never a shortage of "good ol' fashion fun" at the Washington County Fair. Events such as ice cream or watermelon eating contests, boxing competitions, root beer chugging contest, demolition derby and rodeo are on the agenda every year. And that's only a few of the activities available to those attending the Washington County Fair located in Hurricane, Utah area. Other fair-time favorites include attending the judging to choose the best baked goods; or the largest vegetable; healthiest fruit and more. Many local and big name bands as well as several other types of entertainers perform at the fair each year. There are also 4-H completions , art exhibits and of course a carnival.
With all the fun and excitement found at the Washington County Fair, visitors should try to plan the vacations around this event. For more information on the Washington County Fair please click here.
Peach Days - Click Here
Although the original Peach Days festival became the Washington County Fair sometime in the mid-1900s, many of the locals from the Hurricane, Utah area felt the community needed a small town festival again. In 1999 their vision was recognized when the "New" Peach Days Festival was held. It has since become a booming success, without all of the commercialism and crowds found at the larger county fair.
The Peach Days Festival is held each year over the Labor Day Weekend and is filled with many activities including several wonderful food vendors and a kiddie carnival. There is also a large art exhibit that fills the Hurricane Elementary school, or as it is called on Labor Day Weekend, "The Fine Arts Building."
The New Peach Days Festival is held at the same location as it predecessor. This allows the festival coordinators to keep the small town celebration, well...small.
The objective of the Peach Days festival is to create a old fashion fair atmosphere for those wanting to take a step back in time. Visitors to Peach Days are encouraged to discover the fascinating heritage of the festival as well as the Hurricane area. For more information on the Peach Days Festival please click here.
The Hurricane City Half Marathon - Click Here
Early spring brings runners to Hurricane City, Utah for its Half Marathon and 5K run. This precursor to the St. George Marathon gives runners an extra opportunity to experience the beauty of running through scenic southwestern Utah. The course is challenging, but not overly difficult and is a great warm-up after a long winter without racing. The are three awards given for each race division. Race souvenirs will be given to everyone participating in the races.
Every spring for many years the Hurricane City Rotary Club has been sponsoring a car show. The event is usually held around Easter and gives car fanatics a chance to get out enjoy the warm spring days while getting to see some of the best vehicles around. The Hurricane Car Show hosts more than 300 vehicles and 7000 people every year. The two cash awards are given during the show are the "People's Choice" and the "Rodder's Choice" in categories ranging from best paint to best of the best.
Other events happening during the Hurricane Car Show Weekend include the Zion Park Run. This parade of vehicles travels through the towns Hurricane, LaVerkin, Virgin, Springdale, Rockville and finally into Zion Canyon National Park. A continental breakfast will be held the morning of the judging. There will also be plenty of vendors with booths filled with the latest and greatest gadgets for your vehicles.