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Lehi’s history brings community together



Lehi’s Heritage Day 2018 was a big hit on Monday. Hundreds of friends from near and far came to honor 10 Lehi couples making history today and to celebrate Lehi’s great history.

The event kicked off with a Showcase Parade up Main Street from 400 East. Heritage Day honorees traveled in their vehicle of choice including a horse and carriage driven by Melvin Anderson, two convertibles, a beautiful 1961 heather El Dorado Cadillac and a 1959 cream Ford Skyline hardtop retractable, owned by Layne Downs. An impressive string of tractors owned by Gene Nuttall, Lee Barnes and Jack Hawks accompanied the honorees as well as two classic trucks carrying every version ever made of the U.S. flag.

Mayor Mark Johnson conducted the Honoree Celebration where the couples were recognized for their years of service to Lehi while Paul Peterson, Gene Kirkham and Alvin and Elaine Schow, all over 90 years of age, were honored with the Lifetime Service Award.

Attendees enjoyed displays on the honorees, longtime Lehi businesses like Price Brother’s and Hutch’s, on people like Porter Rockwell and Jean Phillips, on the Old LDS Fifth Ward and industries like the sheep and pig ventures as well as the Lehi Factory of the U and I Sugar Factory. Longtime friends were reacquainted, and everyone learned about the history that makes Lehi a great place to live today.

Some 200 homemade hamburgers were served, and more than 35 classic cars were displayed in the free car show.

A reunion of the Lehi Fifth Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was held in conjunction with the event.

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