Category Archives: Things To Do

Washington County Fair

Commissioners Envision Legacy Park as World-class Equestrian Facility

Since first being elected to the Washington County Commission in 2014, Commissioner Victor Iverson has been instrumental in significantly improving the county fair equine facilities at what is now called Washington County Legacy Park.

A Washington County native and life-long resident, Commissioner Iverson grew up on a small farm in La Verkin with horses, mules, and farm animals of every kind. He has brought this background with him throughout his career as a public servant, tirelessly fighting for rural and agricultural issues.

One of Commissioner Iverson’s largest passion projects has been revitalizing Legacy Park. In the past, these county facilities, located on the outskirts of Hurricane City near SR-9, were under-utilized except for a small group of equine professionals and hobbyists. Overtime, the facilities were largely ignored and became dilapidated, but where others merely saw problems Commissioner Iverson saw opportunity. Washington County could and should be a premier destination for agricultural and equine-related events.

When Commissioner Dean Cox and Commissioner Gil Almquist were elected, they joined Commissioner Iverson in his vision. Since then, Washington County designed and built the Grafton Building, which has hosted numerous community events such as rodeo, horse racing, barrel racing, livestock shows, horse shows, dog shows, and much more.

Washington County has also spent substantial dollars improving all existing Legacy Park facilities.

“The goal is to make Legacy Park a better overall facility, to work towards making it a world-class venue that will continue to have a positive economic impact across Washington County and be an enjoyable place for equestrian enthusiast,” Commissioner Iverson said.

“Last summer, when many facilities closed, the Commission stepped up and offered to host the Utah High School Rodeo Association and Utah Junior High School Rodeo Association’s state championship competitions at Legacy Park which I was proud to attend,” Commissioner Gil Almquist said. “The event was an outstanding success and Washington County can look forward to hosting many other similar events in the future.”

Another major success at Legacy Park was the 2021 Washington County Fair, which received rave reviews from residents for being held in April (instead of August when it had occurred in the past) and boasting numerous “firsts” for Washington County’s facilities.

Washington County is committed to continuing to cultivate the opportunities Legacy Park provides and increasing its availability for public use. Although several renovations and improvements have been made, several older buildings remain in extreme need of repair.

A recent evaluation of these older facilities shows many of them are unsafe for public or private use, with some that are beyond repair.

As part of their vision to make Legacy Park a premier destination for equestrians, Washington County plans to make necessary improvements to these facilities including the removal of the most decayed structures.

While this will mean previously existing contracts with a small handful of private business owners will not be renewed in 2022, the equestrian community and public at large will benefit from having safe and expanded horse-facilities. The race-track will remain open and available for public-use, whether by professional horse-trainers or part-time horse recreationists.

“Legacy Park will continue to remain focused on agricultural and equine-related activities. Any rumors that the county is planning to cut-off public access or build a soccer complex in place of horse stables are untrue,” Commissioner Iverson said. “I love the equine community and am passionate about continuing to have them be an integral part of our county. Any improvements made to Legacy Park will be to improve facilities and increase the ability of the public to use them.”

Promoting agriculture and Western traditions, including equestrian events and other activities remain a priority for Washington County. The Commission feels confident their vision and plans for Legacy Park will promote the interests of the broad equine community and increase the public’s appreciation and involvement in equine activities.

Washington County of Utah

2021 Tax Sale

Notice is hereby given that on May 20, 2021, at 10:00 AM, Kim Hafen, Clerk-Auditor, will offer for sale (unless redeemed prior to sale) at public auction, pursuant to the provisions of section 59-2-1351 Utah Code, the described real estate situated in said county and now held by it under preliminary tax sale. This sale will be located in:

Washington County Administration Building
197 East Tabernacle
St George, Utah
(Google Maps)

Auctions will be by open bidding wherein the full parcel will be sold to the highest dollar bidder.

Tax Sale — Full List & Details

Published in the Spectrum
April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 2021

HCP Desert Tortoise

Northern Corridor Right-of-Way and Mojave Desert Tortoise

We are pleased to announce a decision by the US Department of Interior to grant the Northern Corridor Right-of-Way and a Mojave Desert Tortoise incidental take permit that protects private property rights in Washington County.

We thank all those who have worked hard for many years to get us to this point. We thank those at all levels of government who have worked to make this decision balanced and effective. We also thank the public for their input.

We would like to highlight a few of the notable advantages as a result of these decisions. For example, the new transportation route will enable more efficient travel and reduce congestion along I-15, St. George Blvd, Red Hills Parkway and Skyline Drive. Also, the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve will be enlarged by 7,000 acres which increases protected habitat for the Mojave Desert tortoise. The Northern Corridor will also accommodate a more rapid response in the event of damaging wildland fires within the sensitive habitat and by preventing traffic congestion it will prevent air pollution.

We appreciate the negotiations that have resulted in meeting multiple goals including preserving a healthy Desert Tortoise population.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WashCoUtah

Washington County of Utah

Notice of Vacancies for Pine Valley

NOTICE is hereby given that there is:

Applications should be downloaded using the links above and submitted to See below for details about each vacancy.

Administrative Control Board

To qualify for appointment to Administrative Control Board, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Be a qualified elector (registered voter) within the district to which you are applying.

Special Service District

Those wishing to serve on a Special Service District aforementioned should contact the Washington County Commission Office no later than Monday, January 4, 2021.

Washington County Commission Office
attn: Cheyenne Bentley
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
(Google Maps)
Phone: 435-634-5700

The County Commission will consider the nominees for appointment to these boards at its January 19, 2021, County Commission meeting.

Published in The Spectrum on December 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2020.

Posted in conjunction with publishing:

Washington County of Utah

Public Hearing Notice for 2020 and 2021 Washington County Budget

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of Washington County will hold a public hearing regarding:

  • Opening of the 2020 Budget of Washington County
  • Final 2021 Budget of Washington County

Click here to download a copy of the budget or request a copy in-person:

Washington County Clerk-Auditor's Office
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
(Google Maps)
Phone: 435-634-5712

A public hearing will be held by the Board of Commissioners of Washington County on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 4:00 pm, at the Washington County Administration Building, in the Commission Chambers.

Washington County Commission Chambers
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
(Google Maps)

Individuals with speech and/or hearing impairments may call the Relay Utah by dialing 711. Spanish Relay Utah: 1-888-346-3162.

Published in The Spectrum newspaper on Monday, December 7, 2020

Posted in conjunction with publishing:

Election Results – November, 2020

Click here to view the results

General Election Results are scheduled to begin posting online on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 8:00pm Mountain Time.

  • U.S. President and Vice President
  • U.S. House Dist. 2
  • Governor and Lt. Governor
  • Attorney General
  • State Auditor
  • State Treasurer
  • State Senate Dist. 29
  • State House Dist. 62
  • State House Dist. 71
  • State House Dist. 74
  • State House Dist. 75
  • State School Board Dist. 15
  • County Commission Seat C
  • County Assessor
  • County Recorder
  • County Treasurer
  • County Attorney
  • Local School Board Dist. 1
  • Local School Board Dist. 2
  • Local School Board Dist. 3
  • John A. Pearce Judicial Retention
  • David N. Mortensen Judicial Retention
  • Diana Hagen Judicial Retention
  • Gregory Keith Orme Judicial Retention
  • Jill M. Pohlman Judicial Retention
  • Michele M. Christiansen Forster Judicial Retention
  • Ryan M. Harris Judicial Retention
  • John J. Walton Judicial Retention
  • Matthew L. Bell Judicial Retention
  • Thad D. Seegmiller Judicial Retention
  • Constitutional Amendment A
  • Constitutional Amendment B
  • Constitutional Amendment C
  • Constitutional Amendment D
  • Constitutional Amendment E
  • Constitutional Amendment F
  • Constitutional Amendment G

Click here to view the results

Washington County of Utah

Tell Bureau of Land Management You Support the Northern Corridor

Telling the Bureau of Land Management you support the Northern Corridor is now faster and easier than ever with our new public comment form! Just click the link to leave a comment! You can use our pre-created template or write one of your own.

Click here to leave a comment

Traffic modeling shows that without the Northern Corridor, over the next 20 years, drive times could double and more than 60 existing intersections would “fail” during busy times of the day. Transportation engineers have been adamant for nearly 30 years that the road, which would connect Interstate 15 to State Route 18 via Washington Parkway and Red Hills Parkway, must be built. The Roadway would accommodate anticipated traffic demand and would reduce traffic delays by 300,000 hours per year beyond 2040.