Saturday, April 29, 2017

Tri-County Convention in Morgan Utah

Such a great day in Morgan! Our Queen Maren and 2nd Attendant Brittny were able to attend and share a short message and sing a beautiful musical number.  Our thanks to Dorothy Little and the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers of Morgan County who invited us to be part of the event! 

The Faces of 2017

Royalty for 2017 Days of ’47 were crowned Saturday, April 22, 2017.  
The pageant featured 21 contestants from Idaho and many areas of Utah.  

The queen is Maren Cline, the daughter of Russ and Melou Cline of North Salt Lake.  She is an accomplished harpist and pianist, and is classically trained in opera.  

The First attendant is Tess Hanson, daughter of Karl and Tammy Hanson of South Jordan.  She was a Bingham High School class officer in student government for two years and has had musical training in drums, guitar, violin and voice.  

The Second attendant is Brittny Millington, daughter of Aaron and Laura Millington of South Jordan, who served as a member of the South Jordan Youth Executive Council, and volunteered with the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah and with the Intermountain Healthcare Traumatic Brain injury support group. 

The recipient of the coveted Annie Taylor Hyde Award is Elizabeth Aust, daughter of David and Mary Aust of Rexburg, Idaho, who is a songwriter and vocal performance Sterling Scholar.  She was selected by a majority vote of the other contestants. 

The Royalty was chosen during a pageant held April 22nd at the LDS Conference Center. They were selected by a panel of judges based on talks centered on this year’s theme, “Pioneers Visions of a New Horizon!” Their goals, accomplishments, poise, leadership, answers to judges’ questions, and family genealogy with pioneers who came to the Salt Lake Valley between 1847 and May 10, 1869 were other qualifications. As they travel and speak this summer, our Royalty will be an example to young women who hear their message. They will represent the Days of ’47 and International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers.  Numerous Days of ’47 events occur during July. Go to for dates and locations. The Days of ’47 Royalty will attend all of these activities. They are available for appearances and speaking engagements. 

Please contact their advisor Cathy Ehlert at 801-274-1224 or 801-580-8565 or to schedule these lovely young ladies. 

Saying Goodbye to 2017

This is a link to view our Year in Review video. We were able to help with 90 events this year (2 in the last week of our reign!), and have loved being able to meet so many wonderful people. Thank you for all your love, support, and helping to keep the Pioneer Spirit alive! 

If we've learned anything this year, it's to not miss the chance to take a fun photo when a photographer is near! 
We can't thank Cathy Ehlert and Judy Binns enough to their tireless efforts to help make this Royalty wonderful! They accompany us to all of our events, schedule events, and do the leg work for the pageant and the wonderful year. We love you both! 

As a final fun fact, as of one week after the pageant, all three of the 2017 Royalty were engaged or married! Baylee is engaged to Matthew Montgomery, Rachel is engaged to Keith Manis, and Stephanie is married to Ryan Short. This is year we will never forget!!
-2016 Days of '47 Royalty

Saturday, April 22, 2017

2017 Pageant

The Days of '47 Pageant is filled with a busy and exciting weekend of events! The contestants first met at a seminar by Kathy Loveless, "Seminar for Success". They then rehearsed for 2 hours, and then attended the Royalty Ball at the Capitol Rotunda. The Ball is a chance for the contestants to socialize in a non-competitive space, bring dates, and have fun dancing. Friday was then busy with another rehearsal, and half of the contestants had an interview with the judges. Saturday morning, the rest of the contestants interviewed with the judges, ran through of the entire pageant, then the Pageant began! The contestants first competed in an afternoon portion where they wore business wear and gave a 40 second speech about the theme, “Pioneers – Visions of a New Horizon". The evening portion of the pageant begins after all the contestants had a delicious dinner at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and pictures on Temple Square. During the evening portion, the contestants wore formal gowns and answered an on-stage question. The Top 10 were chosen, and they came back on stage to answer a final question. From there, the Annie Taylor Hyde Award was given to Elizabeth Aust, who was voted from her fellow contestants to exemplify kindness, and the pure spirit of the pioneers. Then the 2017 Royalty was announced: 2nd Attendant Brittny Millington, 1st Attendant Tess Hanson, and Queen Maren Cline. 

Although a lot is happening during the weekend, aside from college finals and work, this experience is wonderful! The contestants meet new friends, gain confidence from trying something new, and come away with a new sense of pride for the Utah Pioneers. 

Pictures on Temple Square- a HUGE thank you to Chuck Uibel and Lloyd Blackburn who volunteer their time to photograph the pageant! 

Our beautiful 21 Contestants performing the opening number

Top 10 Finalists

Sam Payne, our wonderful emcee and entertainer!

Constance, the Pageant Director, and Maurine, President of The International Society of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers