Exploref Rural America: History, Community and Commitment
Amidst the magical beauty of the canyons in southern Utah, you’ll discover another type of magic. It’s the magic that exists in the rural areas of our country; a magic that comes only with vision and hard work. This is the legacy of generations of people who settled Long Valley, raised their families, and built lasting communities. The history of southern Utah is filled with accounts of pioneers who braved hostile conditions to establish new settlements. The towns of Long Valley were founded in the mid-1800s by Mormon settlers, dedicated to building united and self-sufficient communities. Through their ingenuity and commitment, they laid a strong foundation for the rural way of life which is continued and proudly celebrated in our towns today. Agriculture has always been the key to this area’s survival and independence. Ranches and family farms spread out along the valley and into the canyons. Backyards are filled with gardens and fruit trees, many planted by early settlers. Glendale’s Annual Apple Festival, held this year on September 30 and October 1, celebrates the harvest and honors the pioneers who planted the first orchards. To pick an apple from a tree that was planted so long ago, is to truly hold history in the palm of your hand. For the pioneers, sharing their knowledge, tools, skills, and the foods that they grew, helped the community survive. That spirit of community remains strong in this rural area, where knowledge and new ideas are shared in workshops that cover a range of topics including sustainable farming and grazing management. The foods of the region are shared with neighbors, family and friends. The strong agricultural base of Long Valley is always evident, but never more so than during the Kane County Fair, held this year on August 13, 17-20. Old-time fun and games, exhibits of fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, great entertainment, livestock and small animals raised by community youth in 4H and FFA, offer a glimpse at a wonderful way of life and a rich agricultural heritage. Rural America offers a peaceful enchantment rarely found in today’s world. With history, beautiful surroundings, friendly people, and amazing food to share, rural America is alive and well in Long Valley.