(KUTV) Salt Lake City - The Days of 47' commemorates the day July 24, 1847, when Mormon pioneers entered the Great Salt Lake Valley. This holiday is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse heritage of Utah's pioneers, both past and present, that have come from all over the world and from a variety of cultures. This rodeo is one of Utah's longest standing traditions that has celebrated Utah's heritage from 1857. Last year's rodeo had record-breaking attendance, and they are expecting this year to be even bigger. Today on Fresh Living Kari & Brooke stopped by the Days of 47' Arena to meet with some of the people behind the rodeo, and get a special look at everything that will be going down.
Segment 1: Barrel Racing
The hosts first stop at the Days of 47 Arena was to meet with Tammy Fischer, a barrel racer, who just broke the record for the amount of money won for barrel racing over the 4th of July. Winning over $29,000 she has competed multiple times at the NFR and also coaches and mentors other barrel racers.
The next stop was to meet with Mark Harris, VP of Global Farming for Young Living. The Young Living Frontier Fun Zone is a 15-acre western lifestyle experience that surrounds the Days of 47' Arena at the Utah State Fairpark. The hosts got a special sneak peak of the horses that will be there for rides, and who can also dance to music.
Next the hosts stopped by the Arena's announcer control room to meet Tommy Joe Lucia, general manager of Days of '47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. Tommy Joe demonstrated the news state-of-the art jumbo video screens that will now show all of the rodeo action up close and in vivid color, and gave the hosts a quick rundown of what to expect this year at the Days of '47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo.
Next by the livestock pens Owen Albrecht, of Diamond G Rodeo, showed off some of his most prized animal athletes.
Back at the Young Living Frontier Fun Zone, Brooke geared up for a hands-on jousting match with Mike Harris.
Friday Night is Family Night at the Days of 47' Arena. Tommy Joe Lucia, General Manager, gave the hosts the low down on the Troops & Blue promotions, which is 1/2 price rodeo tickets for military and first responders. With over 15 acres of fun, including mechanical bull rides, a petting zoo, Western shopping & more, most all of it is free. Enjoy it all after 4 p.m. each night of the rodeo.