Sanpete County Happenings



Thursday, Nov. 26—Thanksgiving


            Templar Turkey Trot—The Manti High Cross Country Team is putting together its first annual Virtual 5K/1 mile Templar Turkey Trot.  Runners will have until Nov. 26 to run the 5K course and submit their time and a selfie to Coach Brandon Norris at 339-9482. Costs are $15 per runner; kids under age 10 are $10. Registration forms are available at the front office of Manti High School and Ephraim Middle School. Pre-register to guarantee your shirt.


Friday, Nov. 27


Manti Light Parade—The Manti Christmas Light Parade starts at 6 p.m. on Main Street. Everyone is welcome. Santa will be staked out in front of the high school for a drive-thru visit. Call city hall for more info, 835-2401.

Spring City Celebration—Come celebrate at the town’s Christmas party at 5:30 p.m. at 150 E. Center Street. Enjoy music, illumination of the city park lights, a Santa Claus drive-by and candy sacks for all.


Saturday, Nov. 28


Mt. Pleasant Christmas—Come see the lights on Main Street and visit Santa drive-thru style. Children will be able to drop off letters and get a gift. Listen to Christmas music. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Line up begins on 100 E. Main Street. Call Colleen Oltrogge for info at 851-6943 or visit

Gunnison Sub For Santa Run—The 7th Annual Gunnison Valley Run Santa Run race starts off with check in at 9 a.m. The race starts at 10 a.m. It begins at the clock tower. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Registration fee is $15. All proceeds go to Sub For Santa. Register at Ace, GVHS, city hall, Gunnison Market and GIC Conoco.


Thursday, Dec. 3


Snow College Convocation Series—Dustin Hansen, writer, artist and author of My Video Game Ate My Homework, will speak at the Eccles Center from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Because of Covid-19, the presentation will only be available to the public through live video.


Friday, Dec. 4


Amahl and the Night Visitors—The Snow College Opera Department performance of this touching tale of holiday kindness will be available On Demand thru Snow College from today until Dec. 25. Directed by Brian Stuck and conducted by Michael Huff. Visit Cost is $10 per viewing

Christmas Carol—The Snow College Department of Theatre’s performance of Charles Dicken’s,  A Christmas Carol, will be available On Demand thru Snow College starting today and running through Dec. 25. Visit Cost is $10 per viewing.



Saturday, Dec. 5


Toys for Tots—The big event will be held today at the Sanpete County fairgrounds exhibit building from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Sanpete residents must bring some form of ID and proof of living in Sanpete County and proof of parenthood.

Ephraim Light Parade—Come join in the music and magic of the Christmas parade on Ephraim’s Main Street at 7 p.m. and then stay for the red, white and green fireworks at the Ephraim City Park at 8 p.m.

Chance Ekins Benefit—Come down to the Contoy Arena in Mt. Pleasant for the Chance Ekins benefit bull riding and raffle at 6:30 p.m. Contact Rhett Nielson at 801-669-0151 for info.


Thursday, Dec. 10 – Monday, Nov. 14


Little Mermaid—Manti High School presents “The Little Mermaid” each evening, except Sunday, at 7 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $6 for ages 12 and older and $4 for ages 5-11. There is a limit of 300 tickets per performance.





Xmas Tree Permits—Manti-La Sal National Forest Christmas tree permits are available to purchase online at  Details about designated cutting areas on Manti-La Sal, dates and types of trees that may be cut may be found at

Firewood Permits—The Manti-La Sal National Forest has extended the issuing of free use firewood permits through Nov. 30. All free use wood permits will be for up to four cords of wood, per household and will expire on Nov. 30. To secure a permit, call the Sanpete Ranger District at 636-3300 and leave a call back number.

Fire Restrictions—Fire managers in Central Utah have imposed fire restrictions on public lands in Juab, Millard, Sanpete Sevier, Piute and Wayne counties. No open fires of any kind, except for improved campgrounds and picnic areas, where running water is present. For more information visit

NAMI—With COVID-19 still shutting down in-person groups, free NAMI seminars and programs are available online on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays 7-8:30 p.m.  Register at The online connection support group is Wednesdays 12:30-2 p.m. and 7-8:30