If you read my last post you’ll know that Nephi was thrilled to be selected for the Blackhawk Encampment!! The celebration dates were set for the second week in August 1935 (which means they had only 4 months to get ready). And, they almost immediately received a telegram from Colborn & Sorensen to consider holding a rodeo for the celebration. During the next several weeks a central committee and other sub-committees were put together. Then, they got serious about a rodeo!
In the meantime, they were busy making plans and sending postcard invitations to family from out-of-town. As I scrolled through the weekly newspapers, I noticed many articles about the need to clean up yards! They held their annual 4th of July celebration which seemed almost an afterthought as they focused on the Blackhawk Encampment. Front page news on the 4th of July was the voting procedures for their Blackhawk Queen. The top vote-getter would be the queen, 2nd place Miss Nephi, 3rd place Goddess of Liberty, 4th and 5th place would be attendants to the queen. Talk about an over-the-top celebration!
By the second week in July, they had decided yes to the rodeo! They were almost ready for the celebration scheduled in just four weeks. Their program featured many things that they had previously incorporated in other celebrations, including a mammoth pageant highlighting the first settlers in Nephi and a mammoth parade with participation from surrounding cities as well as baseball games, boxing matches, horse-racing, dancing, their annual hike up Mt. Nebo and of course, the rodeo! Even the Governor of the State of Utah, Henry H. Blood, was there. The town was finally ready and even the Queen, Florence Chapman, had been selected.