Lehi Round-Up Week, usually held every summer, was canceled this year, much like many other city festivals and celebrations. The Round-Up is a longstanding tradition in Lehi, which began decades ago with a rodeo.
To help residents reminisce about the yearly celebration, the Round-Up committee held a photo contest earlier in the summer. People were invited to enter photos of past Round-Up Week activities. Photos of parades, families celebrating together and, of course, the rodeo, were shared on the Lehi Round-Up Facebook page.
The weeklong celebration is named for one of the most popular events every year – the rodeo. According to Lara Bangerter, Lehi Historical Society and Archives director, the first year that the city hosted a rodeo is believed to be 1937. The rodeo is now held for three nights every year during Round-Up Week.
“Rodeos happened in conjunction with Utah Beet Sugar Days and the Blackhawk Encampment and Homecoming of 1940 in the years prior to Lehi’s rodeo being named ‘The Lehi Round-Up Rodeo,’” Bangerter said. In 1941, a “Name the Celebration” contest was held and Mrs. Ethel Hunger created the winning name. From then on, the rodeo was known as “The Lehi Round-Up.”
To learn more about the history and tradition of Lehi Round-Up Week, CLICK HERE. In the meantime, check out this slideshow of some of our favorite photos from our coverage of the Round-Up through the years.